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At EOU we cultivate global citizens and creative problem solvers through immersive study of the diverse histories and practices of art.

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Native American Heritage Month brings art, awareness

Students recognized Native American Heritage month with activities throughout November.

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The Nightingale Gallery is eastern Oregon’s premier exhibition venue for contemporary art and advanced curatorial practice. Situated in the heart of the EOU campus, the Nightingale showcases provocative, academically rigorous exhibitions celebrating the diverse cultural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

Now Open Saturdays 12-4pm

Current Exhibition

Lily Lee: The Great Basin Murders

November 9 – December 7, 2019

Dec 5, 4pm - Coffee with the Curator

An exhibition of textiles by artist Lily Lee, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Boise State University, The Great Basin Murders commemorates unidentified female murder victims found along roadsides from 1983-1997 in the Great Basin region of the American West.

Visit the exhibition page for details and event dates. Learn More>

Upcoming Exhibitions

Imaging Indigenous Resistance

January 10 – February 7, 2019

Recent indigenous protests at such contested sites as Standing Rock and Mauna Kea leverage social media and visual culture to create branded messages distinctive to each conflict. This exhibition is curated in partnership with the EOU Multicultural Center and Indigenous protesters throughout the US.

Visit our Exhibitions page for details about past, current and upcoming shows.

Land Acknowledgment

We humbly acknowledge the original inhabitants of the land Eastern Oregon University is upon: the Waiilatpu (Cayuse), Imatalamthlama (Umatilla), Waluulapam (Walla Walla), and Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) people. We celebrate their traditions, languages, and stories. We acknowledge their continuing connection to this land, water, and community and pay our respects to these original stewards of Northeastern Oregon.

Call for Entries

The Nightingale Gallery now reviews exhibition proposals on an ongoing basis. Visit our Call for Entries page to learn more about submitting a proposal. Learn More>

Contact Us

Faculty Director
Scott Gleeson

Student Director
Nickie Voltaire

Email: gallery@eou.edu

Instagram @nightingale_gallery


Hours: T-F 11-4, Sat 12-4
Loso Hall 106
6th Street
La Grande, OR 97850

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The Art Department faculty at EOU are dedicated to bringing their diverse experience and artistic explorations to bare in teaching challenging studio and art history courses.  We are dedicated working artists with active studio practices and expertise in a variety of media and conceptual approaches to making art.


Susan Murrell

Printmaking, Drawing, Graphics


Cory Peeke EOU Art Faculty


Cory Peeke

Art History, Professional Practices, Foundations, Director of the Nightingale Gallery



Nathan Prouty

Ceramics, Sculpture, Senior Theory and Practice


Michael Sell EOU Art Faculty


Mike Sell

Analog Photography, Digital Photography, Photojournalism & Studio Photography, Graphics, Digital Video


Scott Gleeson EOU Art Faculty


Scott Gleeson

Art 101, Senior Seminar, VAP Art History & Director, Nightingale Gallery (2019-2020)

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Students studying art at Eastern Oregon University are exposed to a wide range of aesthetic, critical, historical, multi-cultural, and technical art experiences. The art faculty challenge and aid all students to develop a personal aesthetic and conceptual foundation intended to drive and define their personal vision and artwork. The depth and breadth of the Art Program within the broader liberal arts experience prepares students for professional expertise in art education and studio art with an emphasis in portfolio development intended to make students competitive for graduate school admissions and other professional endeavors in the arts. Eastern art students are encouraged to experience a wide range of media and explore their ideas within a strong conceptual framework.

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“The art department at Eastern is one of its strongest departments. The one-on-one attention and care we receive is so refreshing compared to crowded lecture halls where one can get lost in a sea of faces. Faculty care so much about my success both professionally and personally. I have grown close to my fellow artists and professors during my time at Eastern.”

Erica Hitzman, '16
Pendleton, Ore.


Apply online or by mail be considered for one of our merit-based art scholarships.

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Art Club

Join the EOU Art Club to make new friends, get creative and hang out in the Art Lounge.

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Visiting Artists

Explore our growing archive of digital content for visiting artists and scholars.

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Our mission is to actively contribute to aesthetic and conceptual dialogue that is visual art, both on campus and throughout the region. Our students are offered a broad and diverse selection of artistic experiences designed to help them develop as critical thinkers and producing/participating artists, with a firm awareness of both historic and contemporary issues within the field.

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