The Steele Collection
Exquisite sculpture work by Emily Steele in steel and glass.
The Arts Center became trustees of the collection in 2018, along with endowed support for the benefit of public art in Corvallis.


Artwork by Emily Steele

September 28-November 2, 2019

  • Artist Reception Thursday, October 17, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Lunchbox Artist Talk, Thursday, October 24, 12 noon

The Art Center is honored to unveil the masterwork of artist Emily Steele, with a special reception on Thursday, October 17, 5:30 pm -8 pm. The show features sculptures of exquisite movement, detail, and composition last exhibited over 30 years ago. The Steele family has endowed The Arts Center to care for this exquisite collection for public exhibition and long term loans. The exhibit also coincides with the gala fundraising event ”Art for the Heart”, Saturday, October 5, at CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU Campus. The Arts Center will honor Emily and Bob Steele. Her family’s commitment to The Art Center and the Corvallis creative community are an inspiration.

Emily developed a unique form of sculpture for free-standing, three-dimensional art forms in antique stained glass.  She expanded the traditional techniques with the use of steel support frames. Steel frames were locally constructed by Finstead Steele and several craftsmen remember the projects and Ms.Steele fondly. Ms. Steele sourced her material from the then starting Bullseye Glass, and far as New York where she had access to imported hand-blown glass from throughout Europe and the United States. 

Emily’s first exhibit at The Arts Center was with Boyce Lundstrom, founder of Bullseye in 1975 . The current exhibit will consist not only her glass sculptures and wall pieces, but also paintings, drawings and preparatory sketches.

Ms. Steele has been involved with The Arts Center for over 40 years. She served on the Board of Directors and on the Exhibition Committee member. She and her family have a passion for the arts, and have put an emphasis on art being accessible for everyone. The Steele Family Fund and the Steele Collection Fund are helping to make that possible. Her family wants to assure the work in the Steele Collection can be shared with the public, both at The Art Center and by arrangement of long-term loan to museums, galleries and public art exhibits.

For more information about the collection >>

A companion show by the Fire and Light Glass Guild will be on display October 8-November 9 in the Corrine Woodman Gallery. 

Take your creativity on an adventure under the sea!

July 15-19, 2019

Add octopus legs to your pot! Learn basic wheel throwing to make a pot and hand-building techniques to add parts. We’ll also be making fish shaped pinch pots, an aquarium slab box, and a mosaic underwater ocean. This class is for beginners and intermediate levels. 

Register Here
Morning camp (ages 7 – 10 years old)
Afternoon camp (ages 10-13 years old)

Half-day camps: $250.00 per child
Early Drop Off/ Late pick up click here!

ARTISTS: Join us on Feb. 13 from 5:30-7:00 PM and hear from one of our current exhibiting artists, Pete goldlust. Learn how he makes his living as an artist and what his days look like. On Feb. 4 we hear from our other exhibiting artist, Kristy Kun. Don’t miss these talks!

These are just a few of the topics to be discussed and as we explore the business of art. Learn first hand how to be more a more successful artist.

$5 Suggested Donation


Pete Goldlust received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001. Since that time, Pete has shown his work in venues throughout the U.S. and abroad, including solo exhibitions in Chicago and Los Angeles. His work has been featured in publications ranging from Art in America to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, and from Elle Belgium to Raising Arizona Kids.

Pete and his wife and collaborator, Melanie Germond, and their two young sons recently relocated from the small artist community of Bisbee, Arizona to Eugene, Oregon. They are currently enjoying the novelty of being rained on. When he’s not sitting in meetings, Pete enjoys spending time looking under rocks for curious, inspiring, squirmy things.

Pete’s public artwork includes commissions for the cities of Tempe, Tucson, and Scottsdale; the award-winning Children’s Museum of Phoenix; the Walnut Creek (CA) Public Library; a bike path in Loveland, Colorado; a nature center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a pediatric clinic in Douglas, Arizona.

stunning glass and steel sculpture by Emily Steele

Steele Public Art Commission – First Presbyterian Church, Corvallis, OR.

Celebrating a Life in the Arts | Emily Steele

Emily Steele graduated from Oberlin College in Liberal Arts, and furthered her studies in the newly revived field of glass art with Richard McDonald, noted stained glass craftsman in Boston, Massachusetts, and C.B. Anderson of Portland, Oregon where she learned the Tiffany technique used for windows in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

After moving to Oregon, she established her own studio, and employing these techniques as a basis for her work, developed a unique form of sculpture for free-standing, three-dimensional art forms in antique stained glass.  She has expanded the traditional copper foil-lead technique by a special process which permits the use of steel and other strong metals as support under the lead.  Using stained glass as a medium for her sculpture, the viewer is provided with different impressions from multiple angles as different shades of color are superimposed.  These impressions can be further heightened by different direction and intensity of light source.

All glasses used in Ms. Steele’s sculptures represent the finest quality of hand blown materials throughout Europe and the United States. 

The Arts Center is the Trustee of the Emily Steele Sculpture Collection. The Steele Family donated eleven works for display and enjoyment by the public. 

Emily Steele Vita >>

–Excerpt from an article by Terry Lawhead, Glass Art Magazine February 1975

Emily Steele works with hand-blown antique stained glasses to create three dimensional free-standing sculptures that inspire, in the freshest most direct manner, an appreciation of all that is bright and clear and possessing natural strength.  The play of light upon surface—be it wood, still water, or stone—involves us in one of our most enchanting experiences.  An observer renews a forgotten innocence, lost or misplace in the turbulence of modern living, that affirms the unity of our being with all the beauty around us.  Emily’s sculpture, composed of cut pieces of stained glass enclosed in thick bands of lead, is organized in such a manner as to affect the passage of light using the same delicate qualities as an object in nature.  The many sided figures are endlessly new and unique as the viewer alters his perspective.  Much as a mountain stream in sunlight presents an infinite set of sparkling reflections, the impressions of the glass evoke the delightful expectancy one senses in organic movement.

The time devoted to such sculpture dictates a passion which transcends cleverness or pride in workmanship: an energy is released and is linked to the growing identity of the creation.  Each sculpture inhabits a place in time as a consequence of the effort expended in design and exacting work, but far more important is the lasting emotion the figures kindle in the eyes and heart of the beholder.  If these glassworks could talk to us they would sing.  Enthusiasm and earnestness is suspect in a time of doomsday ethics and reserved hopes, but the almost magical brilliance of the sculptures remain with the viewer as he walks away and returns to the demands of living in the world.  The image retained is not easily put into words, but again Emily has a favorite poem.  It is the final stanza of the poem After the Storm by Boris Pasternak, from a collection of poetry translated by his sister Lydia Pasternak, and it speaks of our holy attempts to resurrect wonder and regain beauty and grace in our lives:

It is not revolutions and upheavals

That clear the road to new and better days

But revelations, lavishness and torments

Of someone’s soul, inspire and ablaze.

Logcabin Medley  | August 26 – September 30, 2017

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 5 PM

For Quilt County 2017 The Arts Center presents a larger than life theme on the log-cabin pattern.

Clay Lohmann 

For this exhibit, fiber artist Clay Lohmann creates a 3-dimensional cabin, constructed from panels in the historical log-cabin pattern. Each logcabin square measures about 36”. Lohman uses basic patterned cotton (as in older traditional quilting methods). Visitors to the exhibit will be able to enter the cabin. A video connects visitors to the pioneer character of the houses homesteaders built.

Lohmann invited artists Julie Green, Anna Fidler and Kerry Skarbakka to create the surroundings of the log cabin.

At 8 a.m. each morning for past fifteen years, Julie Green documents the garden view.The first dozen years were video, and now it is sumi ink on paper. She divides the paper up in rectangles representing the day of the month. Each day she paints 1 rectangle. The result is as pieced quilts are: one object that is built up out of smaller elements. Because she paints only one part of the image each day, there are small differences.
Anna Fidler is debuting a monumentally scaled work on paper inspired by the Triadic Ballet of 1922. The work consists of silhouetted autumnal trees and witchcraft as a theatrical backdrop to Lohmann’s cabin.  Fidler worked with high school students at her studio to help make the piece.

Kerry Skarbakka interprets the human element, creating a representation of an resident of a rural, forested home.

Anna is an Instructor and Julie and Kerry are both Professors in Oregon State University’s, School of Arts & Communication.


The Garden at 8 a.m. 2002-2017 (ongoing) by Julie Green.
Detail of series: Feb 2016, sumi on 8.5 x 11 inch paper

Logcabin structure




  • CAW (Corvallis Art Walk): March 16, 4:00 – 8:00 PM

The Howland Community OPEN Exhibition invites ALL people living in Linn or Benton Counties to show their art. The exhibit reflects the joy of artmaking and the engagement of our community with the arts. Art making is a valuable means of expression for beginners and seasoned professional artists alike.

Milly Grimm Ballerina

Milly Grimm
0-7 years category

Lauren Tovar Woman carrying a Pot 14-18 years category

Lauren Tovar
Woman carrying a Pot
14-18 years category


Larry Bulling Kiss The Chef Non-Professional category

Larry Bulling
Kiss The Chef
Non-Professional category

Jeff Hess Strung Out In Heaven

Jeff Hess
  Strung Out In Heaven
  Professional Category


Link here for a complete list of all award winners>>


Thanks to the Sponsorship Support of Citizens Bank:

I COULD LIVE THERE: Low-Resource Sculptures of Dawn Stetzel
September 24 – October 29, 2016
Art Center Hours: Tues-Sat, 12 – 5 pm

  • Reception | Thursday, September 29, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Brown Bag Art Talk | Thursday, October 6, 12 noon
  • October CAW |  Thursday, October 20, 4pm – 8pm

Dawn Stetzel exhibits large sculptures that explore sense of place, notions of home, and perceptions of safety. Stetzel’s sculptures depict a houseboat, wall-mounted backpack, and a house tent, among other found-object shelters.

These sculptures explore the fragile and teetering relationship between individuals and their communities. Stetzel constructs her art of low-resource materials specific to where she is, strengthening to ties between her art and the communities she belongs to. Along with the sculptures, Stetzel provides documentation throughout the exhibit, including videos of housetent and houseboat in action.

Stetzel describes her work:

“Within my human community I think about the give and take of support from and by individuals that it takes to hold a community together. I think about whom I relate to, or define as my community. In my recent sculptures I have been using the house as a metaphor for humans, a single house an individual, and a cluster of houses a community of people. This gives me the opportunity to explore the intangible, my feelings regarding a sense of community and my search to belong.”

Receiving her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Stetzel is a seasoned artist. Most recently, Stetzel was the resident artist for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has displayed her work in galleries across the country, including the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City, ArtSpace in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Ogle Gallery in Portland.

More information about Stetzel and her work can be found at

Engaging art experiences for children to grow imagination and creativity. Explore the cultures of other countries. Youth learn more through maker projects in a variety of media.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE:  Scholarship Application Form 

FMI Contact Education Coordinator, John Byrne

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Thanks to a service team from Leadership Corvallis Class of 2015 for sharing their thoughts on public art one can find around town:
Photos and thoughts about Community Art in Corvallis

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