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

  • From the Heart: Author Drawings by Rick Bartow

    August 3rd, 2018 to October 27th, 2018

    Working in collaboration with the Newport Public Library and the City of Newport, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to premier the exhibition, From the Heart: Author Drawings by Rick Bartow, from August 3 to September 29 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. A First Friday opening reception will be held on August 3, 5-8pm, with Newport Library, City Council and Bartow estate representatives speaking at 6:15pm.

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  • ISEA 27th Annual Juried Exhibition

    September 7th, 2018 to October 28th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to host the International Society of Experimental Artists’ (ISEA) 27th Annual Juried Exhibition from Sept. 7 to Oct. 28 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Exhibition receptions will be held on Friday, September 7, 5-7pm (with exhibition juror Ruth Armitage speaking at 6pm), Saturday, September 22, 4-6:30pm (including an awards presentation and juror talk), and Friday, October 5, 5-7pm.

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  • Visual Effects

    October 5th, 2018 to November 24th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Newport artist Frances Van Wert and her exhibit, “Visual Effects,” running Oct. 4 to Nov. 24 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Van Wert represents Lincoln County and will feature recent collage, assemblage and encaustics works in the COVAS Showcase, which rotates artists from throughout Oregon’s seven coastal counties. A First Friday opening reception will be held on Friday, October 5, 5-7pm, with an artist talk at 6:15pm.

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  • “Sound of Nature, Sound of Art” Gallery Exhibit

    October 12nd, 2018 to November 5th, 2018

    Lincoln City Cultural Center is proud to present this fifth annual collaboration of art, music and ecology, a celebration of Cascade Head Scenic Research Area and the rare natural beauty of the Oregon Coast. This year’s event will also include a showcase in the Chessman Gallery of the art work from past and present performances. These artists will come together for an exhibit that is inspired by the beauty of Cascade Head and music that has been played to honor it. Opening reception: Friday, Oct. 12 from 5– 7pm

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  • International Art Quilt Challenge

    October 27th, 2018 to October 28th, 2018

    The World Fairy Tales exhibit features works of 90 art quilters from the USA, Japan, and France, each representing one of 30 Fairy Tales in a piece of fiber art. The result is 90 small quilts, hung vertically on panels that are organized by Fairy Tale, so viewers can compare the interpretation of one nation’s artist to the next. The quilt in the photograph was created by Kathy Kerler for the International Quilt Show. It will be on display at this show. For more information please go to www. pollyplumb.org.

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  • “Sandscapes and Second Chances” by Dorcas Holzapfel and Jennifer Norman

    November 9th, 2018 to December 10th, 2018

    This two-woman show is an exciting reflection of our talented local arts community and an echo of our unique coastal environment with the use of interesting found objects. Jennifer Norman’s assembled pieces and jewelry art work are created from recycled or repurposed items and Dorcas Holzapfel’s sandscapes are made with sand, acrylic paint and found objects. Opening reception: Friday, Nov. 9 from 5- 7pm

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  • “Form, Function and Film” group show by Kirk Jonasson, Kelly Howard and Rick Martin

    December 14th, 2018 to January 7th, 2019

    These three artists, Kelly Howard, Kirk Jonasson and Rick Martin, each working separately within their chosen medium (hand blown glass, photography printed from film and bent wood sculpture), have cooperatively created an exquisite exhibit with a common thread of black and white aesthetic. Opening reception: Friday, Dec. 14 from 5 – 7pm

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  • “Imaging Time” By Ralph Elliott

    January 11st, 2019 to February 4th, 2019

    A collection of photos comprised primarily of water and immersed object images creating ephemeral landscapes that emphasize action, event, process and time over object studies. Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 11 from 5 – 7pm

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