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.


The Arts Center, including the Art Shop, will be open 10 am-6 pm Saturday, September 28 and 10 am-5 pm Sunday September 29, to support the Fall Festival! Preview the stunning Art for the Heart 8×8 gallery and immerse yourself in The Steele Collection exhibit, celebrating the art and life of Emily Steele, sculptor, maker and collaborator.

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!

June 20 – August 9, 2019 | Around Oregon Annual

  • CAW/Reception: Thursday, June 20, 5:30 – 8 PM
  • Lunchbox Artists Talk: Thursday, June 27 at 12 noon
    • with artists, Jennifer Lommers, Diane English, and Suzanne Getz
  • The Arts Center will be closed July 4
  • Corvallis Arts Walk: Thursday, July 18 4 – 8 PM

The Around Oregon Annual is a juried art exhibition that embodies the talents and artistic diversity of visual artists throughout Oregon, including both emerging and established artists. Artists from all over the state can submit work, and each year a different guest juror is invited to curate the show. This year’s juror, Sandee McGee, is a visual artist and Gallery Director at Umqua Valley Arts Center.

Read the juror’s statement here >>

Selected Artists: Mark Allison, Richard Bergeman, Ron Bunch, Kathleen Caoario, Lauren Carrere, Daniel Cochina, Susan Circone, Patrice Cook, Hester Coucke, Renee Couture, Katie Dillard, Angela Passalacqua, Diane English, Susanne Getz, Patricia Giraud, Leslie Green, Sarah Grew, Nancy Helmsworth, Maria Renée Johnson, Marilyn Joyce, Bob Keefer, Ann Kresge, Jennifer Lommers, Barbara Martin, Chi Meredith, M.V. Moran, Uyen-thi Nguyen, Gail Owen, Susan Rudisill, Karen Russo, John Saling, Susan Schenk, David Scott, Yelena Shabrova, Monte Shelton, Bill Shumway, Sidnee Snell, John Subert, Subarna Talkuder Bose, Caroline Viene, Bruce Vincent, Libby Wadsworth, Roka Walsh, Martha Wehrle

Artist Awards:

  • First Juror’s Choice: Marilyn Joyce: First Shadows on the Playa
  • Second Juror’s Choice: Sidnee Snell: Degeneration
  • Third Juror’s Choice: Maria Renée Johnson: Beneath the Blue Moon

14th Annual Youth Poetry Celebration | Corrine Woodman Gallery

April 2– May 1, 2019

  • Youth Open Mic Poetry Reading, Wednesday, May 1 @ 5:00 pm

In celebration of April Poetry Month 2019, Grades K-8 poets, living in Linn or Benton County have sent poems and artwork to the 14th Annual Youth Poetry Celebration. All poems submitted are exhibited in the Corinne Woodman Gallery at The Arts Center. Last year over 100 young poets participated.

The show ends with a celebration and Open Mic Poetry Reading. Each youth participant receives a modest cash award. Reception, Youth Open Mic and Award Announcement is Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 5-6:30 pm. 

Award certificates are selected by poetry and art judges, and awarded for poetry and artistic presentation in several age categories.

Light refreshments provided.

April Poetry Month’s exhibit and event supported by Mary Van Denend, the Literary Arts Fund of The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund, and The Arts Center. To learn more about literary arts programs, and how you can support them, Contact Cynthia Spencer, 541-754-1551, Ext. 654.

Youth Poetry Winners 2019

First Name Last Name Title Grade Award
Tyger DeBolt Driftwood 8 1st Place + Art Award
Mirabelle Chen Night 2 1st Place English
Penelope Wiegand The Mushroom Wood 3 1st Place English
Morgan Koller El Taco Gato 1 1st Place Spanish
Aiden Reed Un Lapiz 4 1st Place Spanish
Leon Garcia Ugly 8 2nd Place
Mathilda Wiegand Fox Goes Out 1 2nd Place English
Alivia King Ice Cream Time 4 2nd Place English
Marlen Lopez Capas de la Tierra 1 2nd Place Spanish
Madilyn Baldwin Mi poem de quiero a ese muestra 4 2nd Place Spanish
Cara Morgen The Beast of Halloween 6 3rd Place
Mika Peltomaki Space 5 3rd Place English
Quinn Mann Poolday pre K 3rd Place English
Genesis Lopez-Dominguez Volcanes 1 1st Place Spanish
Amiya Lindsey Jardin 4 3rd Place Spanish
TC   My Cat 1 Art Award
Adele Wolfe Rats 2 Art Award
Aiden Kirby Spring Turtles 3 Art Award
Emma Terry Dragon Dragon 3 Art Award
Grace Koller Sky 4 Art Award
Silas Hackthorn Mi Perro! 4 Art Award
Ellen Dayvance Gentle Row 5 Art Award
Thomas Adams Snow 6 Art Award
Louk Maser Red pre K Art Award
Alan Romero Blue pre K Art Award
Daisy Adams Flowers 1 Honorable Mention E
Corrina Kiebler-Windham Red Pandas 2 Honorable Mention E
Adele Aukerman Snow Day 2 Honorable Mention E
Eva Hall Silly is Yellow 4 Honorable Mention E
Corbin Roderswel Sadnis 4 Honorable Mention E
Derek Henriquez Angry is Red 4 Honorable Mention E
Lexi Swanson Calm is Blue 4 Honorable Mention E
Natalee Stevens Wild 5 Honorable Mention E
Dawson Narenda Spring 5 Honorable Mention E
SG   George K Honorable Mention E
Ennie Jiang Happy Lantern Festival K Honorable Mention E
Renezmae Monterastelli Pink pre K Honorable Mention E
Liam Varner Untitled pre K Honorable Mention E
Nestor Zavala Black pre K Honorable Mention E
Rylan Rowen Dinosaurs pre K Honorable Mention E
Adrienne Shields La Tierra 1 Honorable Mention S
Selma Janske Las Koalas 1 Honorable Mention S
Gia Baum La Tierra 1 Honorable Mention S
Eli Riley-Stevens El Koala Oscura 1 Honorable Mention S
Avery Bly La Tierra 1 Honorable Mention S
Bea Ryan Gatos 1 Honorable Mention S
Odin Compton Lola 4 Honorable Mention S
Lucas Clemens Gatos 4 Honorable Mention S
Emmett Peetz Vader 4 Honorable Mention S
Jaquin Diaz-Andrade Diamante 4 Honorable Mention S
Arabella Bribiccaspann Ama e ese gatiti 4 Honorable Mention S
Elena Adams Ama 4 Honorable Mention S
Carmen Juarez La Playa 4 Honorable Mention S


Annual Jim and Ruth Howland Community OPEN

  • February 26 – April 18, 2019
  • Corvallis Arts Walk Reception and Awards: Thursday, March 21


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


New: Curator’s Trophy for a Small but Mighty Work, anything roughly one foot (12 inches) all dimensions, or SMALLER!

Thanks to Ruth and Jim Howland for establishing the Howland Fund within The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund to support the Community OPEN Show Awards.

VOTING for the People’s Choice Award

  • Visitors may cast up to 3 votes with small post-its supplied by The Arts Center front desk
  • Voting can be for different pieces or all for one piece — however you wish to vote
  • Votes accepted from February 26 – March 20 (HOURS: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 PM.
  • There is no voting on the day of the Reception, Thursday, March 21
  • NEW: Curator’s Award Trophy for work roughly between 12 x 12 (x12) inches or smaller; all media eligible.


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.

Wednesday, December 5, 5:30-7pm

Low-res Live Facebook recording of Sarah’s talk >>>

Artists, get your work seen! Learn how from Associate Director, Sarah Turner of DISJECTA Contemporary Art Center. This workshop is designed to aid artists with applying to galleries and exhibitions. Sarah will give us the insider scoop on how to succeed in the competitive world of galleries.  Join us Wednesday, December 5, 5:30-7:00 pm to learn more. 

Workshop will cover:
– Networking 101
– Best practices for writing proposals to galleries
– Best practices for applying for Open Calls
– Best practices on communication and negotiating payment 
– Contracts & Invoices 101
– You’re in! Now what?

$5 Suggested Donation


This lecture is part of the Artist Accelerator Program and Artist Residencies. The Artist Accelerator Program receives support from the Literary Arts Fund of The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund, James F and Marion L Miller Foundation, and The Oregon Cultural Trust, supporting 1,563 non-profit arts organizations throughout the state.

January 8 – February 16, 2019

  • Artist Reception, Thursday, January 17, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Lunchbox Artist Talk, Thursday, January 31, 12-1 pm
  • How I Make a Living as an Artist:
    • Kristy Kún, Monday, February 4, 5:30-7 pm
    • Pete Goldlust, Wednesday, February 13, 5:30-7 pm

The Arts Center Exhibitions and Artist Accelerator Programs are excited to showcase the work of two successful mid-career artists, Pete Goldlust and Kristy Kún. Both forged two very different career paths that allow them to be successful full time artists. Their creativity extends beyond the artwork they produce, to include the means with which they have crafted their careers. What they have in common is careers that did not follow straight lines, and both said ‘Yes’ to creative collaborations that inspired their current work.

Goldlust started out as a studio artist, attended graduate school (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), then attempted the traditional path of seeking gallery representation for his installations and art work, but ended up in the field of public art through collaboration, luck and perseverance. His pivot point came from working on temporary arts installations in empty storefronts, and becoming a junior partner to an artist working in the public art field. Through their partnership Goldlust discovered the collaborative nature of public artwork gave him a lot of freedom to be creative, and that he enjoyed working with fabricators for large budget projects.

Felted ridges artwork Kristy KunKristy Kún began with a business background in fine crafted wood furniture and transitioned into working in fiber arts. After moving to the Northwest she began importing and reselling wool, hosting workshops and preparing textile samples of what she sold. Kún’s felt construction techniques are based on her knowledge of wood joinery, and are unique in that it is done when the felt is dry, before the actual wet and friction felting process.

She credits fellow artist Greg Wilbur’s invitation to join him at Frogwood Collaborative as a decisive moment in her career as a working artist. Frogwood is an annual gathering of professional artists and makers who share ideas with each other. Kún sees herself primarily as a collaborator, and this environment gave her the opportunity to work through her ideas with others.

Kún has continued with an entrepreneurial model for being an artist. She sells raw wool and kits with materials for projects, and teaches in her studio, at institutions here and abroad and through online sales platforms.

A color catalog celebrating the careers of these two artists, and an exhibit of The Arts Center’s first cohort of resident artists, was published thanks to support from The Ford Family Foundation.

The Artist Accelerator is a foundations professional development program for visual artists, artisans, musicians and writers. Established and emerging artists work to gain career-building skills that boost economic proficiency and confidence. The program offers artist residencies, business development lectures and regular critique meetups.

Showing in tandem with The Art of Being an Artist is the Resident Artist Show, four emerging artists sharing the Corrine Woodman Galleries after completing four-month artist residencies through the Artist Accelerator.

Thanks to the Miller Foundation and Oregon Cultural Trust for their support of the Artist Accelerator Program.

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The Artist Accelerator Program is comprised of professional development programming, networking events, and residencies for emerging artists. Artists in residence participate in supportive peer development through casual critiques, professional development lectures, progress meetings, and preparation of a body of artworks to exhibit at The Arts Center. Artist Accelerator residents are selected for professional and personal growth potential, as well as an ability and willingness to contribute to the growing artist community.

2019/2020 Residency Expectations & Details:

  • There are 6 Residencies available. 2 painting and 2 ceramic on-site at The Arts Center and 2 open media (not needing ventilation) off-site.
  • Off-site residencies are generously hosted by the Downtown Corvallis Association and are open to artists working in any media that does not require ventilation. This can include, installation, sculpture, music/sound, some painting, writing, drawing, and other media. This does not include ceramics or spray painting.
  • Residency cost is $800 with up to $200 in scholarships as available.
  • Residencies run Sept. 30 - Dec. 20 with studio clean out no later than Jan. 4
  • Residents are expected to attend the majority of Wednesday evenings events Oct-Dec 2019 and monthly Thursday evening events on the first and third Thursdays. Wednesday evening events are Progress Meetings and Professional Development Lectures. Thursday events are the Artist Meetups (soft critique and discussion) and Corvallis Art Walks (CAW).
  • Professional Development Lectures will cover:
    • Going into Business (Business basics)
    • Professional Artist Practices
    • Money Matters (Taxes and Finance)
    • Applying to Galleries & Exhibitions
    • Selling Online
    • Marketing & Branding
  • Residents are required to host open studios during CAW evenings in Oct. Nov. and Dec. 2019
  • Residents are required to participate in the end of residency exhibit that will run Feb 25 – March 28 . Residents are expected to work with the Exhibit Director and meet exhibition deadlines, during and after the residency.

Questions? Contact Claire Elam

2018-19 Resident Artists

The first resident artists were featured in a catalog documenting artwork created during their residency, shown in tandem with the Art of Being an Artist, and exhibit for mid-career artists Pete Goldlust and Kristy Kún.  A video documents the results of the first artists' four-month residencies, and in the video below residents talk about their time as residents:

Justin Lodge | Painting

Justin Lodge is a artist and educator living and working in Albany, Oregon. He was born in Chardon, Ohio in 1976. Justin holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design (2005) and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2000). His current paintings are based on observing the clutter that fills his own mind as observed through meditation. Justin paints multiple skyscapes that exist in the same space, contained in forms that twist and overlap each other. These contorting forms mimic the behavior of thoughts and emotions when observed in the mind. He choose to represent these as skies because of the infinite variety of moods a sky can evoke; from bright and luminous to dark and foreboding. Justin has found most significant about the residency so far is the opportunity to show his work both in the gallery and in a publication. These opportunities have given him the impetus to focus on producing and defining his work in a way he has not  before. He has also benefited from being in communication with other artists, both in the studio and at the lectures. The lectures on professionalism and the business of art have given great information and set a tone for how to get yourself and your work out in the world.  Justin's Website >>

Photo of Kimberly LongKimberly Long | Ceramics

This opportunity has opened a whole new world to Kim and her work. Growing up in Pueblo, Colorado she was fortunate enough to be surrounded by local artists. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center invited school age students to engage with the arts and the artists. This left a lasting impression on her to always create and make. Kim is excited to be a part of a program with an encouraging community again. After recently moving to Corvallis, her imagination started to run wild and anytime she looked outside, she began to understand the origins of folklore.

In the trunks of trees there are hidden entrances. After a rain and during a sun break, the gems of raindrops sparkling on the branches. Moss grows to soften some of the roughest surfaces. It is almost as if there are tiny whimsical wanderers out there trying to make our lives a little more enchanted. Naturally, Kim wanted to encourage these wanderers to stay. She began making Gnooks. Gnooks are doors and dwellings that invite whimsical wanderers to open the eyes of humans to all that is naturally enchanting. Getting to work at The Arts Center provides an artistic development opportunity that she never anticipated. Kim is eager to grow professionally, artistically, and confidently with an inspiring community. Kim's Instagram Acct >>

Tara Robinson | Painting

Tara Rodden Robinson, Ph.D., is an artist and illustrator. A biologist by training, she presents natural organisms with biological realism while expressing emotion and narrative through color and subtle anthropomorphism. She explores the spiritual nature of the natural world by depicting animals as sacred and worthy of recognition as individuals. Her current series of paintings, entitled “Prayers for Irrational Beasts,” reflects her deep love for nature as well as her  anguish over the destruction of habitats and the loss of biodiversity. Her intent is to give the viewer an intimate and personal experience of each animal. She works in acrylics, watercolor, and colored pencil. When asked what she valued most about being an artist in residence at the Arts Center, she said, “As someone who works at home, I love coming to the Arts Center every day to be part of a community of creatives. I love meeting people and sharing our stories. Most of all, I value the opportunity to contribute to the lives of others through sharing my art and my love of nature.”  Tara's Website and Blog >>


Claire Elam | Ceramics - Peer Mentor

Claire grew up with a very close relationship with nature and small communities. These relationships developed throughout her adolescence and when it came time to leave for college she followed the course and chose to go somewhere very small, in the woods, and community focused. Claire has always sought arts education even when she was a small child. Never satisfied with the camps or community college classes she attended, it wasn't until college that she felt like her limits were fully stretched. Claire has always been in love with painting and the tactile nature of paint. However, along the way her community convinced her to explore ceramics. She spent the following 4 years covered head to toe in clay, plaster, and glaze. The historical connection that paint has with natural elements has always intrigued her and clay has been no different and is very obviously connected to the earth. Claire focuses much of her artwork on the physical connections between nature and communities. She is inspired by the determination and practice of Yoko Inoue, and how she manages to keep a strict practice filled with humor and whimsy. She recently re-discovered the work of James Turrell and his focus over the decades while still creating work that is disorienting and hauntingly beautiful, astounds Claire. Vija Celmins is a long time favorite of Claire's and she adores the attention to detail and the painstaking processes Celmins uses. Claire is excited to be mentoring Kimberly Long and sharing her ceramic knowledge in such a close and intimate manner.

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