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 

Contact Info:

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

541-265-6540 

Hours:

Runyan Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.
Upstairs Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm.
COVAS Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm.

Email:

vac@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.

The William Runyan Gallery occupies approximately 1000 square feet on the first floor and exhibits 12 shows per year.

The Upstairs Gallery, a 300 square foot gallery space on the third floor level, schedules 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).

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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 - 5 pm.
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 vac@coastarts.org.

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

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. 

Visual Arts Center (VAC) Steering Group

This is the group who is making sure that the VAC will be on a sound footing well into the future. It is addressing building needs, VAC marketing, a VAC business model and funding, and future VAC arts learning festivals. This group meets on the first and third Tuesday mornings. Contact Tom Webb at twebb@coastarts.org for details.

Arts Learning Consortium

This group of artists, educators, community folks and staff are creating youth art classes at the Visual Arts Center for this next year. Come with your creativity and share your time and ideas. Contact Tom Webb at twebb@coastarts.org for more information.

Upcoming Events in Newport Visual Arts Center

  • Hawks on the Highway: Prints from Crow's Shadow Institute

    July 7th, 2017 to September 3rd, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts for an exhibition of prints from their permanent collection from July 7 to September 3 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. “Hawks on the Highway” will include 24 prints produced by Crow’s Shadow’s roster of award-winning artists. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 7, 5-7pm, at the VAC.

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  • Needle and Crooked Knife: Exploring Northwest Art in Fiber and Red Cedar

    July 7th, 2017 to September 2nd, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibition, “Needle and Crooked Knife: Exploring Northwest Art in Fiber and Red Cedar” by Tina McCann, from July 7 to September 2 in the Upstairs Gallery at the New Visual Arts Center. McCann’s exhibit will include masks and fiber wall art by the Depoe Bay-based artist. An opening reception will be held at the VAC on July 7, 5-7pm, with an artist talk at 6:30pm.

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  • Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival 2018 Request for Proposals

    July 12nd, 2017 to September 29th, 2017

    Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is accepting proposals for workshops on paper, paper-related and book-arts subjects for the 2018 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival XXIII. We welcome new and innovative techniques as well as traditional processes.

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  • Eye and Spirit: Pit-Fired Ceramics by Michael Schwartz

    August 4th, 2017 to September 30th, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibition “Eye and Spirit” by Coastal Lane County artist Michael Schwartz from August 4 to September 30 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. “Eye and Spirit” will feature pit-fired ceramic work, including disc forms and wall pieces. An opening reception for the exhibition is scheduled for September 8, 5-7pm, with an artist talk at 6:30pm.

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  • Variety of Visions: Works from the Pacific Northwest Sculptors

    September 8th, 2017 to October 29th, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Variety of Visions,” a juried exhibition by the Pacific Northwest Sculptors (PNS), from September 8 to October 29 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibition will include work by 28 PNS members, artists residing and creating work in Oregon and Washington. All mediums, including bronze, stone, clay, glass, mixed media and paper, will be featured in “Variety of Visions.” An opening reception is planned for Friday, September 8, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with PNS leaders speaking at 6:30pm.

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