CORVALLIS, OR -- An exhibit of ag-related artwork will tour the state this summer, as part of Oregon State University’s annual Art About Agriculture program. This year’s exhibition theme is Sustainable Feast. "It’s talking about marine food, it’s talking about farm workers, it’s talking about livestock in Eastern Oregon," says Directing Curator Owen Premore, "So, most of the actual artwork in the show about food is talking about the broader understanding of how food comes to be on our table. It’s a very broad show - very few pieces actually have ‘food on a plate’."
OSU received 290 submissions from artists in Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. A jury then whittled it down to the best of the best, "This year, it’s a very full show; I’d say it’s kind of maximum size for us at 60 pieces. So, 60 artworks by 47 artists are included in the tour." Premore says it's the first year there are an equal numver of photographs and paintings; but the exhibit includes so much more, "This year, we have textile art, ceramics, there’s an installation piece, found object sculpture, drawings, print-making." Eight of the pieces have been selected to be included in OSU’s permanent collection of nearly 400 ag-related works of art.
The touring "Sustainable Feast" art exhibit is in Corvallis through June 15. Then, July 1-30, it’s in Baker City, and in Newport in August and September. You'll find the full schedule online.