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Pendleton Center for the Arts

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

July 5 - July 26, 2013

“Keiko Hara: Prints 1981-2013” is a retrospective exhibition of more than 30 years of Hara’s printed work exploring variations of an on-going theme.


The series, entitled "Topophilia", conveys a sense of the place inside each human being where an exceptional inner power exists. 


“It is our individual topophilia that connects us while at the same time cultural and political boundaries separate us,” says Hara. “As an artist, I want to transform this topophilia into my artwork.”


Because the printing process may be repeated any number of times, an edition of prints is produced in which all of the prints are the same. However, instead of an edition of images, Hara often creates a series of one-of-a-kind images. Each print is a variation created by changing registration, inking and overlaying during the image-making process each time a new print is pulled.


Changing lights and reflection from certain environments adds yet another layer of imagery to Hara’s hand printed work. Tools and technology go beyond their mechanical, functional uses to create a bridge between human hands and the soul.

Made possible through the generous support of Marjorie Iburg.

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.


Open Regional Photography Exhibit

May 8 - June 27, 2014


Photographers from around eastern Oregon and southeast Washington entered more than 120 photographs in the 2014 Open Regional Exhibit. Todd J. Tubutis, executive director of Blue Sky Gallery awarded more than $1,200 in both teen and adult categories to a number of notable entries.

All awards were made possible by the generous support of Banner Bank


Congratulations to the following award winners:



Best of Show - Larry Wright
Adult First - Katie Pearce

Adult Second - John Allen

Adult Third - Mona Dinger

Teen First - Kipling Bose

Teen Second - Lacey Baird

Teen Third - Alizabeth Wendt

Honorable Mention - Susan How

Honorable Mention - Mike Brandhagen

People’s Choice - Louis Dougherty

Above: Exhibit-goers selected Louis Dougherty’s photograph, “Eagle Cap Alpenglow” as the winner of the People’s Choice Award. 

Through Sept. 27, 2014

Artist’s Statement


The themes of artifact, invention, and intervention have been a consistent exploration of my artwork over the last ten years. I am interested in how the artifacts we leave behind speak to our history and cultural identity.


My work is meant to straddle the present, simultaneously looking back to the past and towards the future. It catalogues the act of making, of constructing, of inventing, and reinventing. I am intrigued by the historical prevalence of clay, a material so strongly linked to our cultural formation. The material seems imbued with a sense of time, carrying with it references to the many clay objects created by past civilizations. This rich history seems to be connected to the primal act of making itself. In that spirit I create metaphoric objects that allude to an unidentifiable function.


My sculptures are not recreations of objects from our culture, but abstractions of the things we find ourselves surrounded by. These aged objects are meant to spur reflection on human labor, and illuminate our own finiteness in light of the vast expanse of history.

Visit Peter’s website to keep up on his work and exhibit schedule.


Next up...

                          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).

OCT. 2-25, 2014

Opening reception Thursday, Oct. 2, 5:30-7:00 pm

FREE and open to the public


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.