Submission Deadline: August 3, 2020

The Maude Kerns Art Center invites artists to submit to the 27th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Exhibit, October 9 – November 2, featuring two- and three-dimensional work related to the theme of the Mexican Day of the Dead.

The Día de los Muertos celebration blends the ancient harvest rituals of the Aztec god of death and the Roman Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Souls days. The celebration honors the dead and acknowledges the link between the communities of the living and the dead.

Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, August 3. Artists are invited to submit up to five pieces for consideration by the jury. Digital images should be submitted on CD or flash drive in jpeg format (medium-sized at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher). One image per piece. There is a $15 submission fee.

For an application form, visit the Art Center’s website at or contact Sarah Ciampa at the Maude Kerns Art Center at 541-345-1571.


Oregon State seeks artists for 37th annual Art About Agriculture competition and exhibition

  • Art About Agriculture, an annual exhibition of agriculture-themed artwork by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is holding an open call for artists to participate in the 2020 exhibition.
  • The theme for the 2020 exhibition and tour is “Tension/Harmony.” Artists from the Pacific Northwest are invited to explore the future of agriculture through consideration of the relationship between the conservation of natural resources and agricultural production.



Deadline: June 30, 2020

What: Cascadia Center for Arts & Crafts presents

  • Isolation Art of 2020 – Inspired by the art & times of the WPA Era
  • An online contest

This contest is inspired by the 2020 Covid19 Pandemic as well as the resilience of workers and artists during the Works Progress Administration. This is an opportunity to reflect on what art brings to our lives, and in the ways that traditional arts have been passed down through generations before us, who also faced uncertainty.

  • One entry per artist.
  • WPA mediums used in Timberline Lodge preferred, but not absolute, the scale can be much smaller than those in the lodge when necessary.
  • Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place

FMI and to Apply:

Isolation Art of 2020 – Contest


What: Celebrate the West is a regional art competition hosted by the Western Governors’ Association that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state.


When: Submissions are due April 30, 2020, and winners will be announced at the WGA Annual Meeting June 28-July 2 in Medora, North Dakota.

Where: “Celebrate the West” is open to high school students from Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Students will submit, via email, both their entry form and a digital copy of their entry by April 30, 2020. (Entries may be scanned, a digital photo, etc.)

Why: This competition celebrates the arts and recognizes our amazingly gifted high school artists and their teachers!

Who: Open to high school students residing in states listed above. Finalists will be displayed at the WGA Governors’ Summer Meeting to be held in Medora, North Dakota, June 29-July 2, 2020. Finalists will compete for First, Second, Third, and Fourth Place Awards. The First-Place Prize award is $1,200, the Second-Place prize is $750, Third-Place will be awarded $500, $200 will be awarded to each remaining State Finalist.



** Students are no longer required to include a teacher’s signature on their entry form.




Arts Alive! 2020

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DUE: May 15, 2020 by 5pm



Arts Alive is a community arts event dedicated to raising the visibility of working artists in our city and region. Each summer we bring together creative types like artists, writers, performers, and musicians from all over the area to share their studio process and art with the larger community. In the past, we’ve had ceramicists, jazz musicians, printmakers, glass artists, jewelers, poets, and more participate in Arts Alive!

For our 3rd Annual Arts Alive, we are planning a bigger and better event on August 15, 2020, from 1-7 PM. Join us in discovering more artists, more music, more poems, and more art. This is a great opportunity to grab a drink, eat some food and of course, watch, make, and participate!


Date: August 15, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Place: The Arts Center & Arts Center Plaza, 700 SW Madison Ave. Corvallis, OR

Cost: $10 Suggested Donation

2020 Participating Artists: TBD

2019 Participating Artists: 

Hezekiah Franklin Ben Woodman Erika Lundahl
Ace Stardust Ceph Polemka Chris Mikkelson
Ann Staley Eric Braman Keith Bowers
Sharon Rackham King Jeanne Boydston Linda Edwards
Kimberly Long Joan Linse
Shuo Cai Gary House
Albert Kong Ede Schenkel


2019 Participating Orgs: 

Majestic Theatre

Corvallis Public Library

Maxtivity Arts & Crafts Creative Space

Tacos Al Machin

2 Towns Ciderhouse

Deluxe Brewing

Francesco’s Gelato

A View of Rome

What you can’t see is
how hard it is to get to Tiber Island,
locked as it is between two streets
that remind you of America—
busy, multi-lane death traps
Vespas zoom down,
weaving & beeping
the length of Lungotevere

or the art on the river wall—
power washed figures dancing.
giant like old gods,
their shadow shapes wavering
at the bottom of steps hued
into rock, leading down to banks
covered in garbage & dog shit
where people jog,
where you are warned not to go at night,

& the Tiber herself, moving slowly
away from Vatican City—
the color like water after painting,
a silver sludge from centuries of dipping,
brush to canvas, brush to water
the whisper of a drowned history.

If you squint, you might just make out
a gelato shop— the one near the piazza
where Ubers will pick you up
when the taxis are striking again —
that has rose as a flavor,
lets you get a taste of petals.


Juliette Givhan
The Arts Center Poetry Intern

What:        Six Women Printing

Where:      The Arts Center, Main Gallery

When:       Oct 22 – Nov 21, 2020;  Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon – 5 PM

  • Reception: TBA
  • Lunchbox Art Talk: TBA

“Six Women Printing” celebrates the work of women artists and also illuminates the differences between art printing techniques and reproduction printing (giclee). Six female artists hailing from Corvallis, Portland, and Eugene each have a unique approach to their chosen technique. Although they are all printmakers, these artists utilize different printing techniques including lino and woodcut, drypoint in plexiglass plates, letterpress, a mixture of techniques combined with collage and cyanotype, and a hybrid photographic technique.

Gail Owen (Portland) specializes in linocut reduction prints. The same plate is used for all colors, each time cutting away more material. It requires careful planning and analyzing how the colors will overlap. This approach is something called “suicide printing”. Owen ups the planning requirements by using the same plate in a repeating grid, having the images go seamlessly from one square in the grid to the next.

Jessica Billey (Corvallis) works in woodcuts and created smaller pieces specifically for this exhibit.  She recently exhibited work at The Arts Center which was created for The Big Ink. Billey enjoys the process of carving wood, even if it takes a physical toll. After a design is decided on, she feels the carving itself has a meditative element. As a musician, she appreciated the rhythm.

Edith Wolfe (Corvallis) uses a traditional technique in a new material: drypoint in Plexiglas. In drypoint, the artist scratches directly into the plate and the burr will give a soft line.

Julia Lont (Corvallis) works in letterpress, developed to be able to print text, combined with images. Lont is mostly focusing on images but combines text as well. Her Farmers Market poster is a collectible!

Suzanne Ponsioen (Eugene) uses a technique that is strictly speaking not a printing technique, but photography. She builds small still lives of transparent objects and then uses cyanotype printing to create abstracted images from these objects.

Marcy Baker (Portland) makes collages or chine-colle prints with parts of her own prints and uses all kinds of hybrid printing methods.

These techniques set themselves apart from reproduction printing such as giclee, and are called “hand-pulled prints”. Printing techniques are intended for multiple copies, but they require so much handwork that from one print to the next,  small nuanced differences are possible and even likely. Real reproduction technology, such as offset and giclee, can make either 2 or 2000 prints, all of the same nuances. It does not matter how many are printed. “Hand-pulled prints,” can be identical, but most have subtle differences between each other. When printed in “editions” of limited numbers, each work still stands on its own.

This year’s Artist Accelerator Artists in Residence are Kristie Potwora, Shagufta Mulla, Margot Dedrick, and Sabra Comins. The public is invited to hear more about their experiences during a “Lunch Talk” on March 5, at 12 -1 pm at The Arts Center. This year’s artists in residence come from a wide range of backgrounds, each bringing a unique perspective to their creative businesses and art practices.

Residents spent three months preparing for the exhibit with The Arts Center and Downtown Corvallis Association hosted studio spaces. They also completed the Artist Accelerator program which focuses on professional and business development.

An artist talk, led by The Arts Center’s Curator, Hester Coucke, will feature all four artists, Thursday, March 5, 12-1 pm.



When: August 14, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30

Where: Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333

What: Women in the Arts Panel discussion – listen to three women discuss their experiences and challenges working in the creative arts sector.

The Arts Center and Whiteside Theatre present “Women in the Arts” — a three-women panel discussion on working and making in the arts sharing struggles, stories, and advice. This panel will highlight the contributions women have made to the creative sector, and along with a full spectrum of conversations and engaging experiences in 2020, will bring the community together through the arts.

Join us on August 14, 2020, from 6:30 – 8:30 to hear from Julia Lont, Cassie Greer, and Renee McKitterick!


Julia Lont
Lont is a graphic designer, illustrator, and artist living in Corvallis, Oregon. She works full time as a graphic designer for First Alternative Co-op. She is also the creative force behind Blue Camas Press, a letterpress printing business she started in 2012. Blue Camas Press specializes in images created from hand-carved linoleum blocks printed using an 1896 Chandler & Price platen printing press. You may recognize her work from the last few years’ Corvallis & Albany Farmers’ Market posters. She holds a B.A. in Art and Art History from Calvin College and an M.Ed. in Art Education from Portland State University. Lont has been a part of local art exhibits including Artists at Work, the Around Oregon Annual, and the Cascade Print Exchange. Besides printmaking, she also creates works in oils, egg tempera, and collage. She is also an active volunteer for both the Corvallis/Albany NAACP and Mid-Willamette NOW.

Cassie Greer
Greer has worked with theaters, arts organizations, and training programs across the country, connecting with communities, facilitating events, educating actors, and helping to build frameworks that allow these organizations to thrive. As a performer, Cassie received her training in the MFA Acting program at Florida Atlantic University, the BA Theatre program at Goshen College in Indiana, and in the 9th Certification Group of Fitzmaurice Voicework® instructors; she has worked as an actor, director, designer, and theatre educator across Indiana, Florida, and Oregon. In the spring of 2019, she was named Artistic Director at Bag&Baggage Productions in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she has worked and played in a variety of capacities since 2011.

Renee McKitterick
McKitterick is an artist and Art Faculty at Linn-Benton Community College where she teaches ceramics, sculpture, and art appreciation. She received her BFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University and her MFA from the the University of New Mexico. Her work spans topics of femininity, body, landscape, and memory through the use of multiple mediums. Renee’s interest in making art stems from her exposure to form, function, and craft through her family of makers, artists, and musicians. Renee is a sculptor, painter, designer, and potter whose work has been shown nationally and internationally.

  • Who: Four 2019-2020 Artists in Residence
  • What: Artist Accelerator Residency Exhibit
  • Conversation from the Corrine: Thurs, March 5, 12-1 pm
  • Reception: Thurs, March 12, 5:30-7:30 pm

The Arts Center is excited to showcase the 2019-2020 Artists in Residence in an Exhibit in the Corrine Woodman Galleries.  These four talented artists, who recently completed a four-month artist residency will share projects completed during their residency. This year’s residents are Kristie Potwora, Shagufta Mulla, Margot Dedrick, and Sabra Comins.

The public is invited to hear more about their experiences with the public during “Lunch Talk” on March 5, at 12 -1 pm at The Arts Center. Residents spend three months preparing for the exhibit with The Arts Center and Downtown Corvallis Association hosted studio spaces. They also completed the Artist Accelerator program which focuses on professional and business development. The Artist Accelerator boasts opportunities for education, community, and visibility for emerging artists.