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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.

Frank Janzen: Above/Below series


Having grown up with abstract art as my first love I am surprised, in some ways, to be doing ‘landscapes’. I arrived in 2001 and it wasn’t until 2005 that my artwork changed and I have become fascinated with the plateau area with it’s many shapes, patterns, colors and the multiplicity of forms that it takes on under varying light and weather conditions.


After a two-year drought of any art making, the Above/Below series came in being and is a continued exploration of not only the external land that we see but also a glimpse of possibilities of what may lie underneath.


Over a period of time of studying the patterns in the land, driving back and forth to work, it struck me that the soft, gently rolling hills actually form triangles which is one of the most stable geometric forms. This is noted not only in the hills but also in the fields laid out in strange angles with the greens (of which there are many different hues) blending into various ochres and into the grays and browns of raw earth. The jet-blacks of a burnt stubble fields only accentuate and intensify the surrounding colors.


The smoke is an ephemeral element, visible when created by the fire below and dissipating unseen into the summer haze when the burning is complete. The only control that I have in creating the smoke on paper is the number of matches used. What patterns come out are totally beyond my control so I become fascinated by using the hard-edged contours to respond to it.


 Frank Janzen,

Tamarind Master Printer

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.

March 2  - 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.