The 37th Annual Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition wants your visions of Oregon’s agricultural future. The Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2020: Tension/Harmony is sponsored by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The College invites artists to explore the relationship between the conservation of natural resources and agricultural production. What will tomorrow’s food and fiber look like when we place equal weight on conservation and production concerns? How might farming, fishing, logging, fibers, fashion, and food culture change in the Pacific Northwest? How might communities and connectedness change as we better understand food insecurity and market access? What would cutting-edge research, technology, and innovation look like in the march towards finding a balanced future?
As a world-class leader in agricultural, environmental, and life sciences at Oregon’s Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant institution, the College of Agricultural Sciences welcomes differing points of view without censorship: Oregon is unmatched in the density of its diverse agricultural, environmental, and social landscape. As the founding college of the state’s land grant university dedicated to serving all Oregonians, the College of Agricultural Sciences stands at the confluence of diverse perspectives. As champions of science, we embrace differences to find common ground and create opportunity – committed each day to make tomorrow better.
A small sampling of recent agricultural advancements from the College of Agricultural Sciences:
This regional, juried competition is open to artists living in Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Student artwork completed while enrolled in an educational curriculum is not accepted.
All submissions must relate thematically to agriculture and natural resources. All media in the visual fine arts and crafts are eligible for consideration. All approaches welcome: abstract, conceptual, expressionistic, fantasy, interactive, representational, and technology-based, among others.
The jurying process occurs in two parts: Part one is the review of art submissions, selecting artworks from those digital submissions for the inaugural exhibition at Giustina Gallery, and further selection of artworks for inclusion in the tour. In part two, jurors will make final selections for Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection Acquisition Awards, as well as honorarium awards to recognize exceptional artists.
Beyond those artists selected by the jurors, the Directing Curator of Art About Agriculture may invite one or more additional artists to participate in the Tour 2020.
Art About Agriculture reserves the right to refuse artwork that does not meet the competition standards, or artwork that is beyond the scope or specification of the competition
Work on paper must be framed and under acrylic/Plexiglas - no glass! 2D artwork must be framed, wired, and ready to hang. Other wall-hung artwork should be wired if possible.
All artworks must be less than 50 lbs.
Artists are responsible for the artwork delivery to OSU and return from OSU. If shipped, please provide a return shipping label. Artworks can be dropped off and picked up as well. Art About Agriculture will transport artworks between tour venues. All artists selected by the jury to participate in the exhibition will be asked to provide a CV, an artist statement, and a rigid, reusable packing container for selected artworks. Selected artwork, CV, and artist statement must be delivered to the below address no later than 4:00pm, Tuesday, August 4, 2020:
Art About Agriculture
248 Strand Agriculture Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
June 27, 2020 (Saturday): Application Deadline*
*Extended from June 6 to June 27
July 14, 2020 (Tuesday): Selection and non-selection notices emailed to artists. Selected artists will receive an OSU Personal Property Loan Agreement form via DocuSign, to be completed by the artist.
August 4, 2020 (Tuesday): Deadline to receive artwork, packing container CV, artist statement, and OSU PPLA form.
August 18, 2020 (Tuesday): Notices emailed of jurors’ final selections for Tour 2020 and awards.
September 3, 2020 (Thursday): Opening event for the 37th Annual Art About Agriculture exhibition with an artist’s reception and awards presentation at Giustina Gallery, The LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University.
Former Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing of 15 years at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Cleveland shows regularly in Portland and Seattle galleries. Her work is included in many public and private collections such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Federal Reserve Building in San Francisco, US Bank, Kaiser Permanente and the Tacoma Art Museum.
Holding a BA in Philosophy and an MA in English Literature from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, plus an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Collier is a writer as well as a visual artist. He writes art criticism for Oregon ArtsWatch (www.orartswatch.org) in Portland, Oregon, and is the author of a number of catalogue essays.
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU, Edge is a longtime supporter and promoter of the Art About Agriculture Program.
With a BA in studio art at Oregon State University and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Art History at the University of New Mexico, Grafe has held numerous leadership roles in the arts. During the mid-1990s, he served as Acting Curator of Native Heritage at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and as Visual Resources Librarian at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, before working with collections at Mesa Verde National Park and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
A Professor Emeritus in the Art and Technology Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Truckenbroad served on the faculty for 25 years. As Director and Curator of the Truckenbrod Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon, she exhibits her own artwork and other professional artists.