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

  • Meditations on Canvas: Oil Paintings by Dennis Hartley

    April 5th, 2019 to May 26th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Meditations on Canvas,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Washington-based artist Dennis Hartley, from April 5 to May 26 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibit will include painting from the artist’s current and ongoing series, “Fractures” and “Meditations.” A Frist Friday opening reception will be held on April 5, 5-7pm, with an artist talk at 6pm.

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  • Astoria Regatta: Found-Object Works by Wenda Vorce

    April 5th, 2019 to May 25th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Clatsop County artist Wenda Vorce for an exhibition of her found-object works, “Astoria Regatta,” from April 5 to May 25 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Vorce speak about her work during the April 5 opening reception at 6:30 p.m.

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  • “A Public Treasure: Painting the Coast” Call for Entries

    May 1st, 2019 to July 20th, 2019

    Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to announce a call for entries into “A Public Treasure – Painting the Coast: Four Decades of the Sandgren PaintOut Project,” an exhibition planned for Aug. 2 to Sept. 29 in the Newport Visual Arts Center’s Runyan Gallery.

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  • "Charcoal, Pencil, Paint" Student Artwork

    May 1st, 2019 to June 1st, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents student artwork in the “Charcoal, Pencil, Paint” exhibit through June 1 in the Classroom Gallery. The exhibit includes student work developed during the Art Fridays winter 2019 session, focusing on the “FUNdamentals of Drawing and Painting.”

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  • "The Flow of Woven Light" by Joan Truckenbrod

    May 3rd, 2019 to June 29th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Corvallis-based artist Joan Truckenbrod for her exhibition, “the flow of woven light” in the Upstairs Gallery. Truckenbrod will exhibit two new series – seven digital tapestries and six limited-edition lithographs.

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  • "What If?" Painting Workshop

    May 23rd, 2019 to May 25th, 2019

    Join award-winning artist Margaret Godfrey at the Newport Visual Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) May 23-25, for three fun-filled days of stepping out of the box.

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  • From Eye to You: Paintings and Mixed-Media by Evan Peterson

    May 31st, 2019 to July 28th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents Evan Peterson and his exhibition, “From Eye To You,” from May 31 to July 28 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Peterson will exhibit new works in his signature style of reverse glass painting (acrylic, spray paint, window) as well as acrylic and spray paint works on canvas and mixed-media works on wood. A public reception will be held on Saturday, June 1, 1-6pm, with the artist speaking at 3pm.

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  • "From Eye to You" by Evan Peterson

    June 1st, 2019 to July 28th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents Evan Peterson’s exhibit “From Eye To You,” in the Runyan Gallery. Peterson will exhibit new works in his signature style of reverse glass painting (acrylic, spray paint, window) as well as acrylic and spray paint works on canvas and mixed media works on wood.

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  • June Opening Reception - Newport Visual Arts Center

    June 1st, 2019 to June 1st, 2019

    For the month of June the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is moving its traditional First Friday public reception for new exhibitions to the first Saturday of the month. The pre-summer gathering, sponsored by Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn, is shaping up to be a full afternoon of art viewing, artist talks, musical performances and other surprises. The reception will run from 1 to 6 p.m. June 1.

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  • 2019 Summer Art Camps at the Newport Visual Arts Center

    July 12nd, 2019 to August 17th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts will be presenting three visual art camps during July at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Each camp provides an engaging opportunity for young artists to have fun while exploring hands-on art making through a variety of activities—from sketching and watercolor painting to assemblage sculpture and bookmaking. Projects help campers build a foundation of art techniques and concepts, and the resulting artwork will be part of a public exhibit at the VAC. Each camp also includes outdoor adventures in Newport’s historic Nye Beach neighborhood. Each camp is designed for particular age-groups (see below), and camp fees include all materials, snacks and a customized art camp T-shirt.

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