Welcome to the College of Agricultural Sciences' Art About Agriculture

bountifulArt About Agriculture encourages artists to investigate the visual resources of the science and practice that sustains human life: agriculture. It strives to develop an understanding and appreciation of food and fiber production, especially among people not traditionally acquainted with agriculture.

Art About Agriculture was established in 1983 as the first annual arts competition and tour exhibit with an agricultural theme. It recognizes professional and emerging Pacific Northwest artists, creates a growing, dynamic, permanent collection of fine art based on, stimulated by, and portraying agriculture, and presents the permanent collection and tour exhibit to rural and urban audiences. The collection is exhibited by loan agreement throughout Oregon and other parts of the Pacific Northwest.

We hope you enjoy the artwork. You are welcome to contact us with comments about the exhibition.


Agriculture of the American Landscape

Intricate agrarian heritages, including agriculture practiced by Native Americans for centuries and influences from colonist and immigrant settlers, evolved into the practices and sciences of our country’s modern agriculture. It involves cultivating food and fiber, and managing related natural resources. To celebrate and be inspired by American agriculture, its heritage, and evolution, the College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, is organizing its 34th annual Art About Agriculture art exhibition this year, embracing artistic perspectives on the theme, Agriculture of the American Landscape. (Read more...)

Image Gallery

The Cornell Farm
Edward Hicks (American, 1780-1849)
The Cornell Farm
Oil on Canvas

Art About Agriculture receives special grants

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, has acquired four mixed media artworks by Portland artist Sally Finch, “Dryland Farming 3: Moro” (12” x 12”), “Dryland Farming 4: Pullman” (12” x 12”), “Dryland Farming 5: Spokane” (18” x 18”), and “Dryland Farming 6: Moscow” (18” x 18”.) The works of art were acquired with the assistance of the Ford Family Foundation through a special grant program managed by the Oregon Arts Commission, and sponsored in part by the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, the late Brenda and Gordon Hood, and the late Margaret Hogg. (View image gallery)