OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Art about Agriculture exhibit to visit Philomath

02/12/1998

CORVALLIS - An exhibition titled "Art About Agriculture, The Archives: A 15-Year Celebration," will be on display Feb. 27 to March 28 at the Benton County Historical Museum, 1101 Main Street, Philomath.

The exhibit includes paintings, photographs and weavings from the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences' annual Art About Agriculture competitions.

The public is invited to a reception at the museum from 4 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 that will kick off the exhibit.

OSU's annual Art About Agriculture competition began in 1983. The purpose of the program is to bring fine art to the rural areas of Oregon and to help those unfamiliar with agriculture develop an understanding and appreciation of agriculture.

For about six months each year, an exhibit featuring that year's winners travels to towns and cities in various parts of the state. The parts of the state change each year.

OSU's Art About Agriculture collection contains more than 160 pieces of artwork purchased from the annual competitions. The competition and collection are believed to be the only one in the United States based solely on agriculture, according to Mary Boyer, the program's coordinator.

Artists whose work will be on display at Philomath are:

AMITY

Chris Cummings

BEND

Erik Scott Nelson

BLODGETT

Jason Saunders

BROWNSVILLE

Richard Robertson

CORVALLIS

Jim Adams, Susan Lewis, Mary Murphy, Judith Sander, Nelson Sandgren, Carol J. Krakauer

DALLAS

Mark Elliot

ESTACADA

Jennifer Joyce

EUGENE

Edwin Koch, Maurice Van

GRANTS PASS

VacieAnna Johnson

HILLSBORO

Robert Weller

HOOD RIVER

Gary Fields, Peter Marbach

LEBANON

Humberto Gonzalez

MALIN

Sharon Rajnus

McMINNVILLE

Marg Johansen

NESKOWIN

Ken McCormack

NEWPORT

Jan Kunz

PHILOMATH

Ian Colpitts

PORTLAND

Patty Bentley, Sally Haley, Manuel Izquierdo, Lyn and Steven Nance-Sasser, Heidi Olsher, Muriel Pallay, Elise Wagner

WARRENTON

Carol Riley

Idaho

CALDWELL

Jan Boles

Washington

BELLEVUE

Aki Sogabe