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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

Through Feb. 27, 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 the first day of the exhibit, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

February  2 – 25  

Whitney Minthorn:
Photographs and Digital Retouching Maps
Minthorn has created notable work that gained him a spot in this year’s Portland2016 Biennial. We’re excited to see what’s in store for this talented artist.

FRIDAY, March 10  - April 29

Chuck Close: Portraits, from the collection of Jordan Schnitzer


Lorenzen Board Room Gallery: Brandy Anderson  

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.



Whitney Minthorn

       February 2 - 25, 2017

An artist who is seeing international success is making the 7000 mile trip back to Pendleton in February to share photographic works that celebrate transformation and the retouching process.

Whitney Minthorn is a multi-media artist whose past work includes printmaking, beadwork and photography. His photographic works have been displayed throughout the nation including an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He has served as an official media team member for the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in Norway and New York, capturing portraits during the historic event. 

These days he’s fascinated with using Photoshop as a tool to apply techniques that have been used in darkrooms since the beginning of photography in the eary 1800’s. He’s currently working as a high-end retoucher specializing in beauty, portrait and fashion. He spends a fair amount of time these days in Southeast Asia and his client list includes Đẹp, the Vietnamese editions of ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR and L’Officiel, Men’s Health Magazine in China, Native Peoples Magazine and Samsung.


Instead of being focused solely on the finished product of his work, he’s fascinated by the process. “I build layers on top of a photo dodging and burning (lightening & darkening) small areas until light distribution on a photo becomes even and free of distractions,” he says. “I create an art piece by removing the base photograph leaving behind only dodge & burn layers which I then colorize.”

Minthorn is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and works with and promotes Native models. He studied painting at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM USA as well as fashion and textiles at Cambridge Regional College in England, and holds a certificate in photography and digital manipulation from Oregon College of Art and Craft. 

In 2016 Minthorn was one of 34 artists selected by Portland2016 Biennial curator Michelle Grabner for an exhibit at one of the project’s 25 partner venues.  The Biennial was considered the largest and most comprehensive survey of Oregon art ever. 

In conjunction with the main exhibit, painting by Mark Thompson will be on display in the Arts Center’s Lorenzen Board Room Gallery.

Both exhibits are supported by Cayuse Technologies with additional funding from the Wildhorse Foundation. The gallery is open Tuesday through Fridays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday, noon – 4:00 pm and admission is free to the general public. For more information, contact the Pendleton Center for the Arts at 541-278-9201