Works of Native American artist Rick Bartow to be featured at OSU’s Little Gallery


CORVALLIS, Ore. – A selection of work from Native American artist Rick Bartow will be on display in Oregon State University’s Little Gallery Oct. 12 through Dec. 18.

A reception to celebrate the exhibit’s opening will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 12, coinciding with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The reception will be held at the gallery in 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The public is welcome to attend. 

The exhibit will include 22 of Bartow’s works on paper, including original paintings and monoprints. The works, spanning 35 years of Bartow’s career, are on loan from a private collection and several of the pieces have never been exhibited publicly before.

Bartow, a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California, lives and works on the Oregon coast. His work features themes of transformation, including Native American transformation stories, as well as western art traditions such as human/animal mythology. 

In 2012, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian commissioned Bartow to create an outdoor cedar sculpture, “We Were Always Here,” that overlooks the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  His work also has been exhibited in museums, galleries and universities around the world.

The Little Gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the School of Language, Culture and Society’s World Languages and Cultures department within the College of Liberal Arts.

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