Newport Visual Arts Center

OCCA nurtures the artist in everyone by providing a range of educational opportunities for artists, professionals and amateurs alike, so that they can cultivate their creative spirits.

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Address:

777 NW Beach Drive
Newport, OR 97365 

Directions: Google Maps and other online mapping programs can have a problem directing you to the VAC. Here are the easiest directions to follow: heading north or south on Hwy. 101, turn west on NW 3rd St. Proceed straight down the hill. At the second stop sign, turn right. One short block later, turn left under Nye Beach archway. Proceed straight to Nye Beach turnaround and parking lot. The VAC is the large blue and gray building off the turnaround. To director offices and upper parking lot: turn west of Hwy. 101 at NW 3rd St. Head down hill. At second stop sign, continue straight 1.5 blocks, with the Sylvia Beach Hotel remaining on your left. The VAC administrative offices can be accessed through the smaller, upper parking lot.

Contact Info:

Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Drive
Newport, OR 97365 

541-265-6569

Hours:

Runyan Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm (summer, closes at 5 pm during winter hours).
Upstairs Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm.
COVAS Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm.

Email:

twebb@coastarts.org

Place Description:

The Newport Visual Arts Center, located at the historic Nye Beach Turnaround, is a facility built by the City of Newport as a public art exhibition space and for art education programs and maintained by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. Opening in 1983, the Newport Visual Arts Center (or "VAC") is the largest facility on the Oregon Coast built specifically for the exhibition of visual art. The VAC includes three traditional gallery spaces, as well as the newer "media room" and "Classroom Gallery."

The VAC also includes two classrooms/event spaces that are rented by a wide variety of community organizations and private parties. VAC rental and space information can be downloaded from this page (lower right). The VAC's preferred rental contact hours are Thursday-Sunday, 3pm to 6pm. Contact Cristina Kartsioukas at 541-265-6540 or vacrentals@coastarts.org.

The William Runyan Gallery occupies approximately 1,100 square feet on the first floor and exhibits 8-12 shows per year.

The Upstairs Gallery, a 300 square foot gallery space on the third floor level, schedules 8-12 exhibits per year featuring new and experimental artists in the norhwest region.

The Coastal Oregon Visual Artists' Showcase (COVAS), established in 2011, occupies space on the third floor of the Visual Arts Center. Download the initial COVAS exhibition catalogue as a PDF (5.8MB).

The Media Room was established in summer 2016 and is intended as a space for digital art and installations (video, photography, light and sound exhibitions). Located the VAC's second floory, the Media Room is approximately 300 square feet and has seating space for 15-20 viewers. The Media Room can also be used as a meeting and classroom space, and includes large darkroom sink.

The Classroom Gallery was established in summer 2016 as home for student artwork. Approximately 200 square feet, the Classroom Gallery is a less formal gallery space and also functions as a meeting and classroom space. Most work exhibited in the Classroom Gallery has been wall work. The Classroom Gallery has hosted exhibits generated through the OCCA Art Fridays program and the VAC Summer Camp as well as exhibits developed by outside groups such as the Newport Middle School and Neighbors for Kids. Contact the VAC director if you exhibit ideas to present for showcasing student-developed artwork.

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Submitting exhibition proposals. Download the Exhibit Proposal Form from the right side of this page. Fill out the form completely and with as much detail as possible, including sample images. Deliver form and materials to the VAC director either via email to twebb@coastarts.org or by dropping off hard copies to the VAC's physical address.

The Visual Arts Center also offers classes, workshops, and community events. The facility is also available for rental for art events and other activities. View the Rental Rates in the Downloads area to the right.

Runyan Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm (summer, closes at 5pm during winter hours).
Upstairs Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm.
COVAS Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm.

Contact us for gallery or room rental information at 541-265-6540 or vacrentals@coastarts.org.

Contact the Director, Tom Webb, at 541-265-6569 or email twebb@coastarts.org.

Social Media: One of the best ways to stay informed on VAC exhibits and activities is to follow us on Facebook at "Newport Visual Arts Center."

ARCHIVES – View Past Exhibitions at the Center

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your participation in the arts. One of the greatest gifts is the gift of your time and talent. VAC volunteers serve as gallery docents, event and office supporters, and as committee members. Current open gallery shifts: Tuesday, Wednesday: 3-6pm; and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: noon to 4pm. Contact the VAC director at twebb@coastarts.org regarding your volunteer interests. The VAC also has current needs for an event photographer and videographer.

Visual Arts Center (VAC) Steering Group

The VAC Steering Committee was formed in 2014 and is making sure that the VAC will be on a sound footing well into the future. The Steering Committee is addressing building needs, VAC marketing, a VAC business model and funding, and future VAC arts-learning activities. The VAC Steering Committee includes representatives from partner organizations as well as at-large community members. This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 10am-noon. Contact Tom Webb at twebb@coastarts.org for details.

Arts Learning Advisory Group

This group of artists, educators, community members and staff are creating youth-art classes and other youth-art activities at the Visual Arts Center. The VAC is now hosting Art Fridays youth-art classes during the fall and winter seasons, and art camps during the summer. Search this site for "Art Fridays" for a listing of the most recent classes, or email twebb@coastarts.org for more information or to be put on the VAC's youth-arts email listserv. The Arts Learning Advisory Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month, 9-11am. Contact Tom Webb at twebb@coastarts.org for more information.

Exhibition Advisory Group (EAC)

The Exhibition Advisory Committee (EAC) supports the VAC director in reviewing and developing exhibition ideas, coordinating the exhibition calendar, artist outreach, exhibition installation and event planning. The EAC meets on the last Tuesday of the month, 5:15pm. at the VAC. Contact Tom Webb at twebb@coastarts.org for more information.

Upcoming Events in Newport Visual Arts Center

  • Spring Migration: Award-Winning Works from the Watercolor Society of Oregon

    June 1st, 2018 to July 28th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) for an exhibition of award-winning member works from June 1 to July 28 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts. The traveling exhibition, “Spring Migration,” will include 20 paintings selected by WSO convention juror Fran Larsen. A First Friday opening reception will be held on June 1, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with a WSO representative on hand to discuss the exhibit at 6:30pm.

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  • Times of Our Lives: Selected Watercolors by Henk Pander

    July 6th, 2018 to September 2nd, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibit, “Times of Our Lives: Selected Watercolors by Henk Pander,” from July 6 to September 2 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Pander, one of the region’s most noted painters, will present recent large-scale watercolors and works from his recent series, "War Memories, Liberty Ships and the Climate Refugees of Vanport." Documentary films about the artist by his son, Jacob Pander, will screen in the VAC Media Room. Pander will present an extended artist talk on Saturday, August 11, at 4pm in the Runyan Gallery at the VAC.

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  • Rough to Ring: Jewelry and Small Painting by Elizabeth Pattison

    July 6th, 2018 to September 1st, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Cannon Beach artist Elizabeth “Libby” Pattison for her exhibit “Rough to Ring,” from July 6 to September 1 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibit will include Pattison’s jewelry works in polished Oregon stones, beads and metals, as well as small oil paintings on canvas and board. She represents Clatsop County in the COVAS Showcase, which includes mid-career artists living on the coast and rotates artists from the Oregon’s seven coastal counties.

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  • Call for Workshop Proposals: 2019 Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival

    July 13rd, 2018 to October 5th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is accepting proposals for the 24th Annual Newport Book & Paper Arts Festival. The 2019 Festival is April 26-28 with workshops held at the Newport Visual Arts Center and locations around Newport. We welcome new and innovative techniques as well as traditional processes, including but not limited to: Assemblage, Book Arts, Collage, Dyeing, Mix Media, Paper Making, Paper Manipulation, Printing, Specialty Binding Techniques, and Surface Design. Down load the attached form and return with up to 3 jpeg images of 250 or more dpi, per proposal to npaf@costarts.org. Please retain a copy of each proposal for yourself. The deadline for proposals is October 5, 2018. Contact Tom Webb, 541-265-6569, twebb@coastarts.org or Sara Siggelkow, npaf@coastarts.org

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  • VAC 2018 Summer Art Camp (Ages 10-14): Where's Your Art?

    July 16th, 2018 to July 19th, 2018

    Develop your young artist’s creative skills and interests. Reinforce habits of creativity. Have fun! Art Camp will include a variety of activities and projects, resulting in a public exhibit of student artwork at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Hands-on art making (drawing, sculpture) will be reinforced through presentations on foundational art concepts (color theory, perspective, materials) and outdoor adventures to visit public artworks. Campers will work with various media and tools. Campers start by designing their personal VAC Art Camp T-Shirt and move onto filling their sketchbooks with drawings of the Nye Beach neighborhood.

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  • VAC 2018 Summer Art Camp (Ages 6-9), Where's Your Art?

    July 30th, 2018 to August 2nd, 2018

    Introduce your young artist to the motions and rhythms of creativity, and the colors, patterns and materials of art making. Have fun! Camp will include a variety of activities, games, group projects, outdoor adventures and more. Portraits of stuffed animals, robot-making, and illustrated storytelling will be included. Campers will work with various media and tools. Campers start by designing their personal VAC Art Camp T-shirt, and move onto to filling their sketchbook with drawings of the Nye Beach neighborhood.

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