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Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday Noon - 4:00 pm (TUE/WED till 6 pm through April 29!)


The East Oregonian Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts is a beautiful space for viewing a wide range of artwork. Funded by the East Oregonian, publisher of the local daily paper since 1875, the gallery is flanked by large windows original to the building, bamboo floor and more than 1800 square feet of display area.


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Check out a selection of work by Jenny Morgan and Arlen Clark HERE.

Both were featured on the March 22 episode of OPB’s State of Wonder.

                          2010  Daniel Duford, David Eckard, and Heidi Schwegler

                          2011   Sang-ah Choi, Bruce Conkle, and Stephen Hayes

                          2012  Ellen Lesperance, Akihiko Miyoshi, and Michelle Ross

                          2013  Mike Bray, Cynthia Lahti, and D.E. May


View lots of images from the exhibit when it was at the Museum of Contemporary Craft HERE. Read up on Joan Didion and find several great essays HERE.


We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon. The exhibition is made possible by major funding from The Ford Family Foundation, along with the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Oregon Arts Commission (OAC).

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live


This traveling exhibit is a showcase of the 12 Oregon artists honored by the Ford Family Foundation with Hallie Ford Visual Arts Fellowships. View some of the best work being done in the United States, accompanied by a fantastic 20-page catalog you can read online or pick up in print during the exhibit.




Reflection of the Columbia Plateau featured the work of participants in an annual printmaking retreat that the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland and Crow’s Shadow Institute have offered jointly for almost a decade. To extend the collaboration, Karl Davis, executive director at Crow’s Shadow invited the Pendleton Center for the Arts to exhibit half of the works in their East Oregonian Gallery.

The prints in the exhibit represented thirty program alumni and reflect the power of place, community and collaboration. Sponsored by Ferranti – Graybeal Insurance Agency.

You can view more highlights of our past exhibits and read about the artists here.


Tom Prochaska and Christy: In the Footsteps of Charles Heaney

Feb. 2016

In September of 2014 Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff packed up their camping gear and set off to retrace the footsteps of artist Charles Heaney, who had traveled through eastern Oregon more than 75 years ago.


Charles Heaney (1897-1981) worked for the Oregon State Motor Association from 1929-1931, and as he traveled throughout the state to identify locations and install highway signs, he made sketches of what he saw. Those sketches became the basis for his artwork.


During the Depression, Heaney worked for the Oregon Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, creating sixty-four paintings and nine woodcut editions. A monumental painting from that period titled The Mountain still hangs today at Timberline Lodge.


Both Prochaska and Wyckoff are retired from Pacific Northwest College of Art, with 58 years of teaching between them. Prochaska earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Pratt Institute and works as a painter, printmaker and sculptor. Wyckoff earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Washington and works primarily in the medium of printmaking.


The pair took the entire month of September to travel throughout Central and Eastern Oregon, visiting the sites that served as the subjects of Charles Heaney’s work. They made drawings, watercolors and prints in response.


“Although Heaney was on our minds as we worked at sites connected to him,” Wyckoff explains, “we primarily responded in our individual ways to the landscape in front of us rather than making ‘art about art.’”

In the Footsteps of Charles Heaney, is traveling from The Hallie Ford Museum in Salem. Free admission to the Arts Center exhibit is made possible through the support of the Oregon Arts Commission and Shari and Dave Dallas.

Watch Christy give a brief talk about the exhibit HERE.

2017 East Oregonian Gallery Exhibits

Opening Receptions are usually the first day of the exhibit, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

May 11 – June 24

Open Regional Exhibit
Each year we invite established, emerging and beginning artists in NE Oregon and SE Washington to share their
work and vie for more than $1200 in cash awards. Lorenzen Board Room Gallery: Paintings by David Lochtie

July 6 – 29 

PDX @ PDT: Select Artists from PDX Contemporary Art 
PDX in Portland’s Pearl District is one of the premier contemporary galleries in the United States. You’ll see
work by artists chosen by gallery owner Jane Beebe.

August 3 – 26

Small Works Invitational
We’ve asked some of our favorite artists from the region to create small works for a group exhibit.


September 1 – 24   (To Be Announced)

October 5 – 28  

James Allen: Bookworks
Allen’s sculptural pieces are the talk of the fine craft world right now. He’s been featured in all the national art magazines, and we’re proud to have him at PCA.

November 16 – December 31, 2017

The Annual Art of the Gift Exhibit. Functional, decorative and wearable art works that make for the perfect holiday gift.



Selections from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

March 10 - April 29, 2017


Pendleton is a town best known for blankets and a raucous rodeo, but this spring an exhibit of work by an icon of contemporary art adds a new dimension to the Pendleton art scene. Chuck Close: Selections from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation will open at the Pendleton Center for the Arts on Friday, March 10 with a public reception from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The exhibit runs through April 29th and admission is free for the public.

Chuck Close (born 1940) is widely regarded at one of the greatest living artists in the world. Since the late 1960s he’s explored a myriad of styles and techniques for depicting the human face, beginning with his own. In addition to painting in his studio, he has worked in collaboration with the best printmaking and papermaking facilities in the United States, often breaking new ground in the creation of works on paper.

“This exhibit is so informative, not just from an artistic point of view, but also a technical one,” states Roberta Lavadour, Director of the Pendleton Center for the Arts. “The technical expertise and collaborative skill is breathtaking. Some of the works in the exhibit feature more than 100 ink colors and many dozens of trips through hand-operated printing presses. Several of the works feature pulp ‘painted’ handmade paper.”

Visitors to the gallery will get a rare view of some of Close’s most notable prints, many rendered in a grid style to break images into a series of small compositions. From a distance the pieces appear almost photorealistic, but up close, the abstract nature of the artwork’s components reveals itself.

The works are on loan from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. “Chuck Close is the master portrait artist of our time. For tens of thousands of years, artists have drawn faces, but no one has taken the art of portraiture to the same level as Chuck Close. He is a brilliant artist,” said Schnitzer. “His portraits are a mirror of not only his subjects, but of all of us.”

Schnitzer’s passion for the work itself is surpassed only by his enthusiasm for sharing the collection with diverse audiences around the country. His connection with Pendleton goes back many years, and he is a regular at the Pendleton Round-Up.

“We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to share this work with people in eastern Oregon,” Lavadour. “This is work that is usually reserved for major museums in urban areas.” In addition to providing funding for the exhibit, Schnitzer is helping to fund a range of outreach activities to ensure that as many young people see the work as possible. Classes from as far away as Baker City are planning trips to bring students to Pendleton for gallery tours and art projects inspired by Close’s work. With the help of the
Education Foundation of Pendleton, every sixth grader in Pendleton will visit as well. The exhibit received additional funding from the Wildhorse Foundation.

The Pendleton Center for the Arts’ regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturdays Noon to 4:00 pm. During this exhibit, the gallery will remain open until 6:00 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to accommodate after-work audiences. Group gallery tours may be scheduled for other days and times by calling 541-278-9201.

About the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into his lifelong avocation as collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection exceeds 10,000 works and includes many of today’s most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be one of the country’s largest private print collections overall. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions and has organized over 100 exhibitions at more than 100 museums. Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Harsch Investment Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company based in Portland, Oregon, with 24 million square feet of office, multi-tenant industrial, multi-family and retail properties in six western states.

For more information about the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, please visit www.jordanschnitzer.org.