OSU hosts Willamette Valley art benefit for Lane food bank

October 20, 2005

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences is hosting an exhibit of selected art about Willamette Valley agriculture in Eugene from Oct. 28 through Dec. 2. The exhibit, at Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center, will also be a collection point for non-perishable food items for Food for Lane County during its run.

The exhibit, “This Everlasting Valley: Willamette Basin Farms,” will draw from OSU’s “Art About Ag” permanent juried collection, which annually focuses on a theme ranging from nature and natural resources to food and agriculture, and has for each of the past 24 years, explained Shelley Curtis, curator of OSU’s annual Art about Agriculture Tour.

“‘This Everlasting Valley,’ exhibit is a visual representation of the role of food and agriculture in the cradle of our community – the Willamette Valley,” said Curtis. The Jacobs Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and one hour prior to and during all Hult Center performances.

The opening reception will be Friday, Oct. 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Earlier in the day, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Shelley Curtis will be joined by Pat Farr, director of Food for Lane County and artist Kristie Johnson to collaborate in a panel discussion about the work of the food agency, the art collection, and how local farms help feed the hungry in Lane County.

Art About Agriculture is a program that encourages artists to investigate the visual resources of agriculture. The annual competition is open to artists living in Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. All media in the visual fine arts and traditional crafts are considered.

To learn more about OSU’s Art About Ag program and next year's contest, a 2006 prospectus is available by sending a postcard with your name and mailing address to Art About Agriculture, Oregon State University, 127 Strand Agriculture Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-2213; going online at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/art/; or by e-mail request to shelley.curtis@oregonstate.edu.

Author: Carol Savonen
Source: Shelley Curtis