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Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday Noon - 4:00 pm


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.

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



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

March 10 - April 29, 2017


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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

2017 Open Regional Exhibit

Breaking all previous records for participation, 173 works of art were submitted for the 2017 Open Regional, spanning a range of mediums, including painting, encaustic, fiber arts, pottery and glass.

Listen to Judge Nicole Pietrantoni’s gallery talk HERE.

We’re proud to partner with
Banner Bank to present this exhibit each year.

July 1-29, 2017

What does blue sound like?

Included in this selection of 21 artists who are represented by
PDX CONTEMPORARY ART is a resin sculptural piece by Los Angeles sculptor and installation artist Johannes Girardoni. Using the iPhone app he created, the color blue/green is turned into sound waves. Load the app on your own phone before you come or use the iPhone we have here.


Full roster of artists on exhibit in the East Oregonian Gallery:




SMALL WORKS, AUG 1-26, 2017

We invited some of our favorite local artists to create work in smaller (and more affordable!) formats. Featured artists include:

Joyce Anderson, Roy Anderson, Judith Baumann, Lorie Baxter, Nika Blasser, Kevin Boylan,

Hiroko Cannon, Shari Dallas, Bonnie Griffith, Carl Merkle, Penny Michel, Michelle Miller,

Brian Purnell, Amy Rogers, Lori Sams, Alice Thomas

FREE admission made possible through the generous support of Colleen & Jeff Blackwood with additional support from the Oregon Arts Commission and Wildhorse Foundation.

For Malcolm Phinney, Wallowa County is a painter’s paradise. Living where the land is so diverse with mountains, canyons, deep forests and open prairies provides him with endless inspiration for his work. The prairies feature prominently in a new body of work opening Thursday, September 7st in the East Oregonian Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts with a reception from 5:30-7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the general public.

The new series of paintings focus specifically on the Zumwalt Prairie, North America’s largest remaining grassland of its type. The Department of the Interior has designated 4,400 acres of the 51 square-mile reserve as a National Natural Landmark, due to its intact bunch grass habitats and intense concentration of wildlife.


Phinney finds the area ripe for artistic exploration. “With its subtle land movements and nuanced color shifts, it is a very challenging and exciting subject. Some of the paintings in this exhibit are depictions of the beauty I'm seeing with all the answers right in front of me like an open book test. Others are more distillations of what I've experienced while there,” he explains. “To me this series of paintings is calming and contemplative. I guess that's what I'm after and what keeps me revisiting this place.”

Paintings aren’t Phinney’s only art medium. His sculptural work is highly sought after and ranges from architectural ornamentation on the Capital Grounds in Washington, D.C. to the 8-foot tall statue of Walter Clore, a man credited with the birth of the Washington wine industry, which stands at the entrance to the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, WA.


In addition to pursuing his own studio work, Phinney and his wife Tami own and operate the Phinney Gallery of Fine Art in Joseph, Oregon. The gallery represents more than 20 artists, providing rotating exhibits and other events to support the artists in their careers.


The exhibit at PCA is supported by the Oregon Arts Commission, Wildhorse Foundation, and Susan and Joe DeMarsh. Admission to the Pendleton Center for the Arts is always free. Phinney’s paintings will be on exhibit through September 30th along with a concurrent exhibit of paintings by Pendleton artist Nicci Sloan in the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery. Through PCA’s ArtZoom Program, classroom groups and others who aren’t able to visit the gallery can schedule a virtual gallery tour and art lesson delivered online to any site with internet access. For more information, contact PCA at 541-278-9201.

Malcolm Phinney: Prairie Paintings

Sept. 7 - 30, 2017

Join us for a reception for the artist
Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:50 - 7:00pm
FREE and open to the general public.

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Hours: Tues - Fri 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday Noon - 4:00 pm
214 North Main, Pendleton, OR  97801

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