The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) website features numerous exhibitions for fine art in a variety of media (watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, tempera, mixed media, printmaking, and digital, among others), as well as sculpture, glass, ceramics and pottery, wood, collage, textile arts, and multi-media. Some are public installations in arts centers and museums, others in galleries or private homes, but all in keeping with OCCA's service to the vibrant arts communities along the 363 miles of Oregon coastline. Calls for proposals are posted as events and can be found in the event calendar. Contact information for calls for entry or proposals can be found by viewing the individual events.

OCCA Exhibitions

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Newport Visual Arts Center (or VAC, pictured), which is home to three galleries with over 30 exhibitions each year, including an annual county-wide student art show and the long-standing annual Pushpin Community Art Show and Sale in December. Occasionally, exhibitions are also on view at the Newport Performing Arts Center. View the event calendar or contact the Newport Visual Arts Center for current exhibitions.

Upcoming Events in Exhibition

  • I Am My White Ancestors: Claiming the Legacy of Oppression

    February 1st, 2019 to February 24th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts hosts the installation, “I Am My White Ancestors: Claiming the Legacy of Oppression,” by Portland artist Anne Mavor from February 1-24 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Mavor’s installation includes 13 life-size photographic self-portraits printed on fabric panels, each accompanied by audio and written narratives from the perspective of each character. A First Friday opening reception will be held on February 1, 5-7pm, with Mavor discussing her work at 5:45pm.

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  • A Ripple of Kindness: Drawings and Cut Paper by Vicki Idema

    February 1st, 2019 to March 9th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Corvallis-based artist Vicki Idema to the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Idema’s exhibiton, “A Ripple of Kindness,” will run from February 1 to March 9, 2019, and will include drawings and cut paper works. A First Friday opening reception will be held on February 1, 5-7pm, with the artist speaking at 6:15pm.

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  • Nature Meets Kelp Art

    February 1st, 2019 to March 30th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Councils for the Arts presents “Nature Meets Kelp Art,” an exhibition featuring Brooking-based artist Sherryl Griffin, from February 1 to March 30 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibition will include kelp-based art objects, from baskets and flower vases to wall art and kelp photography. The COVAS Showcase features mid-career artists living on the Oregon coast, rotating through Oregon’s seven coastal counties, and Griffin will be representing Curry County. A First Friday opening reception is set for February 1, 5-7pm at the VAC, with the artist speaking about her work at 6:15pm.

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  • Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood

    March 17th, 2019 to March 17th, 2019

    Take an immersive journey through the life, works and struggles of the Italian master Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio. Roberto Longhi, a Caravaggio expert, explores in the artist's masterpieces the echo of personal experiences and the expression of the human state, both physical and emotional.

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  • Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche

    April 28th, 2019 to April 28th, 2019

    Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche, recounts the start of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890's for art, literature and music, in which new ideas are circulated, Freud discovers the drives of the psyche, and women begin to claim their independence. 

At the heart of Secession were artists Gustav Klimt and his protégé and dear friend Egon Schiele.

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  • Water Lilies of Monet

    June 16th, 2019 to June 16th, 2019

    Voyage through the masterpieces and obsessions of the genius and founder of Impressionism, Claude Monet, in "Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light" at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16. An art-world disruptor at the turn of the 20th century whose obsession with capturing light and water broke all convention, Monet revolutionized Modern Art with his timeless masterpieces.

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