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.

2023 Competition and Touring Exhibition

May 9 – June 15: Exhibition at Giustina Gallery

Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
875 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331

May 25, 5:00 – 7:30pm (Thursday): Exhibition Reception at Giustina Gallery.  Open to the public and all are welcome!

September 29 – November 10: Exhibition at Rogue Gallery & Art Center

Rogue Gallery & Art Center
40 S Bartlett St, Medford, OR 97501

October 20, 5:30 - 8:00 pm (Friday): Reception at Rogue Gallery & Art Center

November 17 – December 31: Exhibition at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

November 17, 5:00 - 7:30 pm (Friday): Opening reception at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

Featured artwork: Britt Block, What a Bee Sees: Apple Blossom, 2022. Pastel on Paper, 54” x 45” (detail)

Tom Allen

Strand Gallery

September 27 – December 7, 2023
Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12 – 1pm
Or by appointment: (541) 737-5534 / artaboutag@oregonstate.edu


October 12, 2023
4:00 – 6:00pm, artist talk at 4:30pm

Location:  Strand Gallery, 440 Strand Agriculture Hall, Corvallis, OR.

Featured art: Tom Allen, Pinot Noir, 1991, watercolor, 18” x 24”. (detail)

2023 Open Call for Art is Closed
Competition and Touring Exhibition 2023

Deadline: March 5, 2023 at 11:59pm

For 40 years, the Art About Agriculture program at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has invited artists throughout the Pacific Northwest to creatively explore the uniquely diverse agricultural and natural resources of our region. Striking a careful balance between agricultural production and conservation, our agriculture and natural resources represent the backbone of resilience for our communities, our food systems, and our environment.

Full Prospectus

Featured artwork for the 2023 Open Call: Claudia Cave, Clouded Tree, 2006, graphite, 12.5” x 8.5”.  2010 winner of the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences Purchase Award, Sheldon L. Ladd Purchase Award, and OSU President's Purchase Award.  Sponsored by Sonny and Gita Ramaswamy, James and Stella Coakley, Ed and Beth Ray, and the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences. (detail)