2024 Competition and Touring Exhibition

Thursday, May 23
5:00 - 7:30 pm


Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center,
Oregon State University
875 SW 26th St
Corvallis, OR 97205

Remarks at 5:45pm


Art About Agriculture’s 41st annual competition and touring exhibition presents juried selections from Pacific Northwest artists highlighting the lifeblood of the region’s agricultural diversity, economy, communities, and culture: our natural resources. RESOURCEful presents multifaceted interpretations of natural resources’ inseparable tie to our food and fiber. We are honored to share artworks from artists representing 19 counties throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.  For the first time, Art About Agriculture’s annual juried open call encouraged student art submissions with scholarship awards for College of Agricultural Sciences students of selected artwork.   This opportunity was made possible in partnership with OSU College of Agricultural Sciences’ Academic Programs. We are thrilled to include artwork from four students representing OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, OSU ECampus, and Oregon Coast School of Art.  The 2024 tour will visit Rotunda Gallery at Central Oregon Community College’s beautiful Barber Library and the Oregon Coast School of Art’s forthcoming High Street Gallery. RESOURCEful will be the first exhibition at High Street Gallery and we are elated to support the school’s creative community building in Gardiner, OR.

Established in 1983, Art About Agriculture has inspired countless artists throughout the Pacific Northwest to consider food, fiber, and natural resources in their creative practices.  Founded on the idea that art can promote agricultural awareness and appreciation, the Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection can be found on display in public spaces throughout the state.

The majority of artworks acquisitioned into the Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection were acquired through the annual competition process with purchase awards funded by essential donations and endowments.  Our dynamic collection and unique art loan program have a growing need for funds to maintain, conserve and display art in publicly accessible spaces throughout Oregon.  Please consider donating to Art About Agriculture; all donations directly support art and artists

Featured artwork: Bryan Andresen, Open Range, Eastern Oregon, 2023, digital photographic print, 13.5” x 19”.



Oregon State University is one of only two universities in the country with Land-, Sea-, Space-, and Sun-Grant designations, and is a world-class leader in agricultural, environmental, and life sciences.

As the founding College of OSU, the College of Agricultural Sciences is dedicated to serving all Oregonians, embracing differences to find common ground, and encouraging diverse points of view. For 40 years, the College has invested in visual arts as an important part of its mission, committed each day to make tomorrow better—for everyone.

Tour Dates

May 7 – June 26

Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center,
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Reception: Thursday, May 23 from 5:00 – 7:30pm

July 3 – August 22, 2024

Rotunda Gallery
Barber Library at Central Oregon Community College
Bend, OR
Opening reception: Wednesday, July 3 from 3:00 - 5:00pm

August 30 – November 9, 2024:

High Street Gallery
Oregon Coast School of Art
Gardiner, OR
Opening reception: Friday, August 30 from 5:00 - 7:00pm

List of Participating Artists

  • Anja Albosta (Waldport, Oregon)
  • Bryan Andresen (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Nellyda Anslow (Florence, Oregon
  • Toni Avery (Wilsonville, Oregon)
  • Craig J. Barber (La Conner, Washington)
  • Rich Bergeman (Corvallis, OR)
  • Britt Block (McMinnville, Oregon)
  • Marilyn Burkhardt (Cloverdale, Oregon)
  • Katy Cauker (Jacksonville, Oregon)
  • Jeanne Chamberlain (Portland, Oregon)
  • Carol Chapel (Corvallis, OR)
  • Bets Cole (Elmira, Oregon)
  • Karen Cunagin (Albany, Oregon)
  • Linda Edwards (Corvallis, OR)
  • Dee Etzwiler (Eugene, OR)
  • Leah Faure (Milwaukie, OR)
  • Eric J. Frey (Dallas, Oregon)
  • Bill Gillham (Jefferson, Oregon)
  • Nancy Helmsworth (Portland, Oregon)
  • Fran Holt (Port Ludlow, Washington)
  • Elyan D. Jamot (Reedsport, Oregon)
  • Aaron Cordell Johnson (Moscow, Idaho)
  • Jill Kyong (Moscow, Idaho)
  • Roberta Lavadour (Pendleton, Oregon)
  • Chính Lê (Lê Trung Chính) (Happy Valley, Oregon)
  • Helen Liu (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Bill Marshall (Albany, Oregon)
  • Vivian McAleavey (Jacksonville, Oregon)
  • Elisabeth Babcock McBrien (Corvallis, OR)
  • Emily Jung Miller (Forest Grove, Oregon)
  • Uyen-Thi Nguyen (Cottage Grove, Oregon)
  • Kailei Ouellette (Bend, Oregon)
  • Elizabeth L. Palmer (Salem, Oregon)
  • Anna Perry (Corvallis, OR)
  • Neal Philpott (Oregon City, Oregon)
  • Karen Russo (Elmira, Oregon)
  • Erik Sandgren (Portland, Oregon)
  • Michael Schnee (Medford, Oregon)
  • Judy Shaw (Portland, Oregon)
  • Dee Sidwell (Oakridge, Oregon)
  • Carolyn Sweeney (Portland, Oregon)
  • Pearlyn Tan (Portland, Oregon)
  • Koa A. Tom (Corvallis, Oregon)
  • Dee Vadnais (Deer Island, Oregon)
  • Sherrie Wolf (Portland, Oregon)
  • Juliana Zolfo (La Verne, California)

Contact Art About Agriculture:

Oregon State University
College of Agricultural Sciences
Art About Agriculture
248 Strand Agriculture Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

Thank you Donors, Patrons, and Volunteers!

Shelly Signs, Suzanne Reed, and Mary McKillop
The LaSells Stewart Center / Giustina Gallery

Jerri Bartholomew, Gretchen Bracher, Mary Corp, Ben Davis, and Russell Karow
2024 Art About Agriculture Advisory Council

Celeste Anderle and Ashly Mauer
Art About Agriculture Assistants

Betty Brose
Betty Brose Art About Agriculture Fund

Gene and Cande Buccola
The Gene and Cande Buccola Art About Agriculture Purchase Award

Tina Hovekamp, Kathleen Cooper, and Emily Moxley
Central Oregon Community College

Stella and James Coakley
The Sheldon L. Ladd Art About Agriculture Purchase Award

William Cook and Gwil Evans
The Roy D. Nielsen Art About Agriculture Award Fund

Brenda and Gordon Hood
The Brenda and Gordon Hood Art About Agriculture Fund

Margaret Hogg
The Margaret Hogg Memorial Art About Agriculture Fund

Robin Hostick

Shobha Jetmalani

Lamb Foundation
The Paul and Reese Lamb Memorial Art About Agriculture Award Fund

Alec Levin

Jessica Miller

Lauren Ohlgren

Emily Free Wilson
Oregon Coast School of Art

Roundhouse Foundation
The Roundhouse Foundation Purchase Award

Staci Simonich
Office of the Dean, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences

Gayle Strome
The Carey L. and Glen S. Strome Agricultural Art Memorial Purchase Award Fund


Alec Levin is the Director of OSU’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (Central Point, OR). ; Levin is also core faculty member for Oregon Wine Research Institute. His work as a viticulturist is focused on plant/water relations, carbohydrate metabolism, and fruit ripening biochemistry towards sustainable grape production. SOREC is on the leading edge of research related to wildfire smoke impacts on grapevines and irrigation technology for water conservation.

Jessica Miller is the Project Director of the Living Marine Resource Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC), Professor, and Marine Fisheries Ecologist. LMRCSC research supports sustainable marine harvests and conservation congruent with NOAA Fisheries, while preparing students for careers in research, management, and public policy. LMRCSC was recently awarded funding to continue important programming focused on training students from under-represented communities in the field of marine and fisheries sciences.

Lauren Ohlgren is a Corvallis-based artist, educator, and active developer of Corvallis art communities. She teaches abstract design and the creative process at Linn-Benton Community College, and has taught workshops at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Ohlgren is the author of the book, “The She Project: How she inspired a community,” 2007, Growing Art Press. Lauren Ohlgren received a 2021 Purchase Award for the charcoal drawing, From Ashes, Water (2019).

Robin Hostick is best known for his sublime landscape paintings inspired by in-depth explorations of wild places in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.  A graduate of the University of Oregon landscape architecture program, Robin pursued careers in landscape architecture, urban design and eventually city planning before making a leap to become a full-time professional painter in 2020, where he has found success in exhibiting and selling his artwork to collectors across the US.  Hostick has participated in the Art About Agriculture exhibition for several years, receiving a Purchase Award for Crab Season in 2021.

Shobha Jetmalani is a Portland-based artist and emeritus physician of Dermatology, who works at the intersections of art and science, Indian and American cultures, and draws inspiration from nature as a connective line between viewer and artist. She has degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Science from Williams College and an MD degree from OHSU. She has studied art at Willamette University, Williams, PNCA and PCC. She has served as volunteer Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at OHSU; a featured Artist/Speaker for the OHSU Diversity awareness through arts and culture series, and presented a workshop on the art of observation and compassion for the OHSU Department of Dermatology at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, PSU.

Shobha has exhibited her work in both solo and group shows in Oregon. Her work is included in public collections at the Multnomah County Public Works Collection, City of Portland, and OSU. She has received grants from the RACC and participated in the Centrum Artist Residency in Washington, Ford Family Foundation Residency at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and accepted at the Chateau d’Orquevaux residency in France for 2024.

Shobha Jetmalani, received a 2023 Purchase Award for her painting, Farmer's Market Artichoke Blossom (2021).