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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.

Oregon artist shares her creative story at EOU

Oregon artist shares her creative story at EOU

Bean Gilsdorf visits campus May 5 to speak with students.

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

Current Exhibition

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

Visiting Artists 2021-22

Crystal Schenk & Shelby Davis

Hear artist team Crystal Schenk & Shelby Davis discuss their shared and individual studio practice on Friday, November 12 at Noon PST In room 339 of the Hoke Union Building

Emily & Andrew Somoskey

Join the Art Department in welcoming Andrew and Emily Somoskey to campus for an exhibition and talk in January 2022. The artists will talk about their respective studio practices on Thursday, January 13th at 6pm in Huber Auditorium of Badgley Hall. Their two-person exhibit, Vis-à-vis, opens January 14th from 5-7pm and runs through February 9th.

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.

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Faculty Director
Cory Peeke

Student Director
Jan Ng


Instagram @nightingale_gallery


Hours: M-F 11-4,
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

Susan Murrell
Printmaking, Drawing,

Nathan Prouty

Nathan Prouty
Ceramics, Sculpture, Senior Theory and Practice

Cory Peeke

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

Michael Sell

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

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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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“Going through the art program at EOU challenged me as an artist, making me stronger and more well-rounded. The best part was the Senior Studio, where I worked closely with peers and had the much-needed space to create for our Senior Exhibition.”

Sheyenne Johnson, '16
Art, Psychology
La Grande, 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.

Art Department

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