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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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October 2013 - Peter Bryan studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Memphis College of Art. His major art influences include DaVinci, Caravaggio, Jackson Pollock, James Lavadour and the art of the Southwest.


Bryan is a head injury survivor who credits the therapeutic power of art making with helping him to cope with various effects of his injury. He sought refuge in sketch books as a child and continues to sketch today. His latest sketch books led him to the series for the Works on Paper exhibit.


The works are done on a heavy paper using dimensional fabric paint, cattle markers and other unconventional mark making tools. The implements produce clean lines with great contrast and clarity and a color variety and texture that Bryan likes.

Susan Murrell: Embedded

March 6-29, 2014


Susan Murrell lives and works in La Grande, Oregon and her site-specific installations,
paintings and works on paper are exhibited nationally. She has been awarded residencies at international programs including Yaddo and Ragdale, and in 2012 she was a recipient of the Golden Spot Award at Crow's Shadow Institute for the Arts.

She is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University. This exhibit was made possible through the support of Shari & Dave Dallas.

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.

R. Keaney Rathbun

April 3-25, 2014


Rathbun’s mixed media sculptures and screenprints are autobiographical narratives. The images are figurative and gestural, and are deceptively simple metaphors of human experience. They are joyous and whimsical, emotional and poignant. They represent an optimistic and naïve spirit embracing the moments that make up his life.


Free admission made possible through the generous support of Read & Bose, PC.


See a video of Keaney talking about his creative inspiration and techniques HERE



Gregory Pierce: Obscurities Below Grade

August 7-30, 2014

Natural history and human events are continually woven within layers of soil, rock, and ice beneath us. Over time, erosion blurs distinctions between human detritus and natural features that create a landscape. Details soften and blend leaving only traces to trigger one’s imagination. I find tantalizing analogies to how memory and history are much like sedimentary layers of earth: sequentially embedded experiences of the world eroded, distorted, and altered by time.

By emulating geologic processes of landscape formation, I balance creative control with fluid dynamics of molten rock that takes its natural course. Rather than reproduce traditional vistas, I condense experience and memory, combining aspects of reality into imaginary visual abstractions. The resulting forms are like personal building blocks that communicate my observations, internal emotions and connection to place.

*Note: All of the rock are free range and regionally sourced materials. No environmental features were harmed nor defaced during the collection process.


Right NOW

                          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.




Feb 2015


Reflection of the Columbia Plateau features 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 represent thirty program alumni and reflect the power of place, community and collaboration.  Half of the exhibit is at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, and the other half is exhibited at Crow’s Shadow Institute.


All the events associated with this exhibit are free and open to the general public thanks to the generous support of Ferranti – Graybeal Insurance Agency.

2015 Exhibit Schedule…

(Note: Opening Receptions are on the first day of the exhibit—always FREE and open everyone.

April 9 - May 30 Open Regional Exhibit (Drop off April 4. Entry forms online NOW)

June 4 – 26  Aaron Miller: Letterpress and Screenprinting
In the boardroom, Rosco “Carrico” Crooke 


July2 – 31 Shanna Fliegel   

August 6 - 28  Frank Janzen: Smoke Prints


September 3 – 25  Dale DeGabriele: Western Photography  

October 1 – 30  Hiroko Cannon: New Work


November 20 (Friday) – December 31  Art of the Gift

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

Best of Show ($400) 
Dianna Woolley, Happiness is Yellow on Your Wall


Adult First ($150)  Todd Tealander, Cow Coming Home


Adult Second ($100)   Penny Michel, Rock Man


Adult Third ($75)  Nika Blasser, Gravity Home 1


Teen First ($75)  Dakota Kelsey, Against the Grain


Teen Second ($50)  Taylor Craig, Red


Teen Third ($25)  Cody Belgrade, Bonnie


Honorable Mention ($50)  Katherine Treffinger, Serpintine


Honorable Mention ($50) 
Mireya deGravia Wolf, El Callejon De Cleofas


Honorable Mention ($50)  Connie Betts, Feather Restoration


Honorable Mention ($50) M’Lisse Moerk, Fabrilations


Crazy Horse Quilters Textile Award ($100) 
Delanne Ferguson, table runner

2015 Open Regional Exhibit, on view through May 29


We’re proud to partner with Banner Bank of Pendleton to host the Open Regional each year. This year 167 works of art were submitted - this show just keeps getting better and better each year. You can cast your ballot for the Jacqueline Brown People’s Choice Award through May 29th. We’ll award another $200 prize to the work of art that receives the most votes.


Judge Terri Hopkins served as director and curator of The Art Gym program of exhibitions, publications and public discussion on art of the Pacific Northwest from the Marylhurst University gallery's inception in 1980 until her retirement in 2014. During that time, Hopkins organized more than 300 exhibitions and 70 publications on the art of the Pacific Northwest.

During her time at Marylhurst University, she was also a member of the faculty and helped prepare students for entry into the art profession through classes and internships. Hopkins has a Bachelor of Art in Art History from Oberlin College and a Master of Art in Art History from the University of Chicago.


Her judge’s critique is informative for anyone who makes art, loves art, or just wants to know more about looking at art.  Watch Terri Hopkins’ Judge’s Critique HERE