Coos Art Museum presents its Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition

presented by: Coos Art Museum

Starts:Friday, April 22, 2016  10:00 AMEnds:Saturday, October 01, 2016  4:00 PM

Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.


Coos Art Museum

235 Anderson

Coos Bay, Oregon

Event Description:

Coos Art Museum was dedicated on September 17, 1966. Now in our fiftieth, year this exhibition explores the Museum’s past exhibitions, programs, and accomplishments through its publications and historic photographs. The exhibition runs from April 22 through October 1, 2016. The opening reception is Friday April 22 from 5 to 7pm and coincides with the opening of Expressions West 2016 the Museum’s painting competition for artists from the western states.

The coastal towns of Southwestern Oregon have had a strong art community for many years. In 1950, many of the artists in this area formed the Coos Artist League. The league sponsored annual exhibits at the local Armory and arranged for showings of local artists' works in libraries, banks, hotels, private businesses, medical centers and U.S. Coast Guard stations in the Coos Bay region. The League also sponsored adult art education classes instructed by members, and summer workshops led by artists from other areas. Through these activities the League raised funds for the ultimate purpose of establishing an art museum. Their dream finally came to fruition when they were able to acquire the old Carnegie Library building and open what became the third oldest art museum in the state.


After fifty years, one dozen Executive Directors, over 600 art exhibitions, the move to a newer, much larger building and hundreds of classes, workshops and public events Coos Art Museum truly is “the cornerstone of visual arts on Oregon’s Southern Coast.” The Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition presents a snapshot of this rich history through a collection of photographs, documents and events.


Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday.  Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.

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