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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.

2015 Open Regional Exhibit


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.


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

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.



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.