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.
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts hosts “Coast|Lines” from November 2-25 in the Runyan Gallery and the Media Room at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The multi-media exhibition will include works generated through the Creative Coast Studio Art course and the Photographic Field Studies course offered through Oregon State University (Corvallis) and the Hatfield Marine Science Center (Newport). Over 24 OSU faculty and students are contributing works, including studio art, photography and video, digital installation, writing and sound. A First Friday opening reception for “Coast|Lines” will be held on November 2, 5-7pm, with OSU representatives speaking at 5:45pm.
During the summer of 2018, OSU offered courses focusing on students’ relationship to the ocean, the coastline and current issues that threaten the fragile ecosystem. Immersive, intensive and multi-day studio art classes were held at the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the surrounding central Oregon coast. The students were guided by U.S. Forest Sevice rangers and others, and they learned about and explored the unique ecosystems consisting of rocky intertidal zones and old grown forests, while also considering the history of human interaction with the landscape. Their goal: “Creating artwork informed by these immediate site-base interactions. To move away from the individual image to creating a group of images that are coherent and tell a story.”
“At OSU, we believe our connections to the landscapes and the people of Oregon define our experiences as teachers, students and citizens,” says Charles Robinson of OSU’s University Outreach & Engagement department. “In our studies and practices, we strive to take ourselves out of the campus and studio and into the landscape and collaboration with Oregonians.”
“Coast|Lines” is a partnership of the OSU College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center. The exhibition is also a part of “For Freedoms—50 State Initiative,” a non-partisan, nationwide campaign to use art as a means of inspiring civic participation in advance of the 2018 mid-tern elections.
“OCCA is pleased to collaborate with OSU in the presentation of “Coast|Lines,” says Tom Webb, OCCA VAC director. “We welcome the entire OSU community, and coastal residents, to attend and see the results of these site-specific art experiences.”
The Runyan Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am – 5pm. The Media Room is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4pm.
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