With our art exhibits we try to line up a diverse schedule in a variety of genre to reflect the broad and diverse interests of the OSU and greater Corvallis community. The art featured represents an artist’s work, vision, ideas, and opinions. Some exhibits are educational, some display quality craftsmanship or artistic ability while others may depict artistic expressions that we hope enrich and deepen the appreciation and understanding of visual arts and the human condition.
Location & Hours
We are open during the usual Memorial Union hours.
- Monday - Thursday: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Friday: 7:00 am - Midnight
- Saturday: 7:30 am - midnight
- Sunday: 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
The Memorial Union Concourse Gallery is located in the Memorial Union, at 26th Street and SW Jefferson Way, on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon. If you are traveling on Interstate 5, take the Highway 34 exit which reads “Corvallis/Oregon State University” (exit number 228). Go west on Highway 34 for about 10 miles to Corvallis. Cross the Willamette River Bridge onto Harrison Blvd. Two blocks from the bridge turn left onto 4th Street. Continue on 4th Street until you reach Jefferson Avenue. Turn right on Jefferson Avenue. After you pass 11th Street, take the next right into the parking lot and to the campus information booth. You can get a parking permit or campus directions there during business hours. Parking passes are $2 per hour, or $12 per day, and will allow you to park in Visitor parking areas.
OSU Students’ desire and commitment to display art in the Memorial Union has a long history.
The first year the building was open to students and the public, 1928, was also the same year the Memorial Union art collection was begun. Beginning as early as 1932, various collections were on display within the Memorial Union.
In 1943, a gift of 23 paintings was donated to the Memorial Union by Mrs. William H. Price, wife of noted artist William Henry Price. These beautiful works of art were valuable additions to the growing MU art collection. By the late 1940’s, many students expressed their desire for art have a stronger presence in the Memorial Union. Display boards were constructed and placed down the center of the Concourse for the exhibition of art. Former Recreational Director, Mrs. Leone Johnson and Dr. Gordon Gilkey, Former Chairman for the Art Department were key figures in the development of a travelling art print exchange program between OSU art professors and the Italian government. Dr. Gilkey expanded the program by inviting other college unions throughout the United States to join in. The program grew in size and prestige; it became known as the International Print Exchange, established OSU as a college art center and gained international recognition for the university.
In 1960, wings were added to the Memorial Union and two rooms were designated to be art galleries. A few years later, students decided that art should be located in areas of heavy traffic and not tucked away in hard to view places. They expressed that the educational importance of seeing and being affected by art, served the function of… “Education by osmosis.” Their decision and commitment to the importance of art in one’s environment lead to the construction of 17 portable cases and panels to exhibit art, which were placed in the main concourse.
In 1979 as part of Phase III of Memorial Union, to improve security and for insurance purposes, new enclosed cases were built to house art exhibits. These are the cases that feature 8-10 changing art exhibits and make up the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery today.
The Memorial Union Concourse Gallery is one of the largest exhibition spaces on the OSU Campus showcasing 8-10 changing exhibits per year featuring the artwork of Northwest, regional, national & international artists. It is located in the heart of campus on the first floor of the beautiful and historic Memorial Union. The exhibition space measures over 120 sq. feet with the art work secure behind locked glass panels. With our art exhibits we try to line up a diverse schedule in a variety of genre to reflect the broad and diverse interests of the OSU and greater Corvallis community. The art featured represents an artist’s work, vision, ideas, and opinions. Some exhibits are educational, some display quality craftsmanship or artistic ability while others may depict artistic expressions that we hope enrich and deepen the appreciation and understanding of visual arts and the human
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