Cultural Spotlight: Coos Art Museum

Posted by TravelCoosBay on April 21, 2011



Coos Art Museum is one of the best kept secrets on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.  This cultural gem is the third oldest art museum in Oregon and it contains six galleries (over 5600 square feet)!    The Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts through their exhibits, art classes, workshops, and lectures.  We also appreciate that they frequently highlights local artists.

Visitors love the Prefontaine Memorial Gallery on the 2nd floor, where you will find numerous photographs and tributes to this hometown hero.

Coos Art Museum presents anywhere between 12-25 changing original and touring exhibitions, including exhibits from its 530 piece permanent collection.  Here are some of the exhibits you can currently view:

Expressions West 2011
This special collection is juried exhibition of recent paintings by artists in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. It is in the downstairs galleries – May 28, 2011. You can also see the accepted pieces and winners in their online presentation

Also on exhibit through May 28, 2011

Erik Sandgren – Confluences
This exhibit features the work of painter and printmaker Erik Sandgren who is best know for his landscape pieces of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Many of his works derive substance from the mythology of Native American cultures and from the merging of coastal lands and waters which are such dramatic elements of the Northwest. Erik Sandgren is a faculty member at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington.

David Castleberry – Arriving at the Gates of Spring
David is a Charleston artist who has exhibited widely throughout the area. His works combine bright colors and strong patterns of great intensity.

Coos Art Museum is located at 235 Anderson Avenue in Coos Bay, OR. They are open Tues – Fri 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is $5, $2 for students, seniors, free to Members of CAM. Contact them at (541) 267-3901 for more info.

Mission Statement: Coos Art Museum is the cornerstone of visual arts on Oregon’s Southern Coast. Through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, we are building an arts and cultural community and promoting the appreciation, understanding and expression of visual arts.