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Hours: Tues - Fri 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday Noon - 4:00 pm
214 North Main, Pendleton, OR  97801

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Gallery Hours:

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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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.

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


2017 East Oregonian Gallery Exhibits

Opening Receptions are usually the first day of the exhibit, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

NOW -  June 24

Open Regional Exhibit (See below)
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.


Selections from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

March 10 - April 29, 2017


From the original posting:


Chuck Close (born 1940) is widely regarded at one of the greatest living artists in the world. Since the late 1960s he’s explored a myriad of styles and techniques for depicting the human face, beginning with his own. In addition to painting in his studio, he has worked in collaboration with the best printmaking and papermaking facilities in the United States, often breaking new ground in the creation of works on paper.

“This exhibit is so informative, not just from an artistic point of view, but also a technical one,” states Roberta Lavadour, Director of the Pendleton Center for the Arts. “The technical expertise and collaborative skill is breathtaking. Some of the works in the exhibit feature more than 100 ink colors and many dozens of trips through hand-operated printing presses. Several of the works feature pulp ‘painted’ handmade paper.”

Visitors to the gallery will get a rare view of some of Close’s most notable prints, many rendered in a grid style to break images into a series of small compositions. From a distance the pieces appear almost photorealistic, but up close, the abstract nature of the artwork’s components reveals itself.

The works are on loan from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. “Chuck Close is the master portrait artist of our time. For tens of thousands of years, artists have drawn faces, but no one has taken the art of portraiture to the same level as Chuck Close. He is a brilliant artist,” said Schnitzer. “His portraits are a mirror of not only his subjects, but of all of us.”

Schnitzer’s passion for the work itself is surpassed only by his enthusiasm for sharing the collection with diverse audiences around the country. His connection with Pendleton goes back many years, and he is a regular at the Pendleton Round-Up.

“We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to share this work with people in eastern Oregon,” Lavadour. “This is work that is usually reserved for major museums in urban areas.” In addition to providing funding for the exhibit, Schnitzer is helping to fund a range of outreach activities to ensure that as many young people see the work as possible. Classes from as far away as Baker City are planning trips to bring students to Pendleton for gallery tours and art projects inspired by Close’s work. With the help of the
Education Foundation of Pendleton, every sixth grader in Pendleton will visit as well. The exhibit received additional funding from the Wildhorse Foundation.

The Pendleton Center for the Arts’ regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturdays Noon to 4:00 pm. During this exhibit, the gallery will remain open until 6:00 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to accommodate after-work audiences. Group gallery tours may be scheduled for other days and times by calling 541-278-9201.

About the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into his lifelong avocation as collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection exceeds 10,000 works and includes many of today’s most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be one of the country’s largest private print collections overall. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions and has organized over 100 exhibitions at more than 100 museums. Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Harsch Investment Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company based in Portland, Oregon, with 24 million square feet of office, multi-tenant industrial, multi-family and retail properties in six western states.

For more information about the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, please visit www.jordanschnitzer.org.

Open Regional Exhibit
On View Through June 23


Breaking all previous records for participation, 173 works of art were submitted for this year’s Open Regional, spanning a range of mediums, including painting, encaustic, fiber arts, pottery and glass.

Listen to Judge Nicole Pietrantoni’s gallery talk HERE.

Cast your vote for the Jacqueline Brown People’s Choice Award when you visit the gallery.

We’re proud to partner with
Banner Bank to present this exhibit each year.

Congratulations to this year’s award-winning works!


           Kevin Boylen / Jade Optic Spine Pickle


          Geraldine Edwards / Best Friends


          Nici Cimmiyotti / This is Loraine


          Kathrine Treffinger / Galapagos



          Emma Bustamante / Citris


          Maddie Thompson / Eye Don’t Know


          Alysha Martinez / Desert Dancer



          Juliette Chapman / Reverie

          Kyrren Darrow / #4

          Julie Miller / Three Graces

          Tricia Harding / Winter Blues

          Bonnie Day & Tom Herderson / Suit on Vase*

          David Lochtie / Section Post*

 * PCA Staff / Artist not from the region - ineligible for cash awards