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Art Department

It's a beautiful time to make something at EOU.

The art program at EOU brings contemporary art to the surface while exploring and implementing history and craft across multiple mediums.

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Best of Show-9th Grade at the 2017 exhibit. 
“Blur Bunny” 
Acrylic painting. 
Union High School

Nightingale Gallery to host regional high school art exhibition

The Nightingale Gallery of Eastern Oregon University is excited to present its annual “Eastern Oregon Regional High School Art Exhibition.” The exhibition runs February 23 to March 21.

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MISSION: The Nightingale Gallery serves Eastern Oregon University’s institutional needs for cultural enrichment in the visual arts. The gallery brings in work from nationally recognized artists of the contemporary art world to challenge and engage EOU and the surrounding communities. The gallery also provides a venue for students to exhibit artwork and develop professional practices.

The Nightingale Gallery provides both the EOU campus community and the regional communities with the premiere, non-profit exhibition space in Eastern Oregon. This unique position allows the Nightingale Gallery to bring non-commercial and experimental artwork to our rural campus and community. This type of work brings new points of view to our community, thereby enriching and diversifying the cultural experience of Eastern Oregon. At the same time, we strive to showcase and promote local artistic talent, including that of emerging and student artists.

The hands-on experience gained by student employees of the Nightingale Gallery also adds greatly to the quality of their EOU educational experience. These students work with professional artists, handling and discussing premiere artwork in a professional manner. These skills often lead to other employment and advancement opportunities with commercial art galleries, non-profit arts organizations, and independent curatorial and exhibition projects.

Gallery Contacts

Faculty Director – Cory W. Peeke

Student Director - Crystal Rainwater

Eastern Oregon University
One University Blvd.
Loso Hall
La Grande, Oregon 97850

Current Exhibition

The Nightingale Gallery of Eastern Oregon University is excited to present its annual "Eastern Oregon Regional High School Art Exhibition." The exhibition runs February 23 to March 21.
Posted: February 13, 2018, 6:19 pm
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Course Offerings

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 houses many great spaces. The printmaking and painting studios, ceramics, sculpture lab and darkroom are equipped and energetically charged to drive your art education.

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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.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Art Department is offering scholarships on the basis of artistic merit! Submit your portfolio today to get started and connect with our faculty.

Apply Online for Scholarship PDF Application
Deadline to apply: March 2, 2018. Click here to apply for additional EOU scholarships.


Our faculty bring working knowledge to the classroom and are prepared to be involved with you throughout your academic and artistic goals. Our faculty have shown in numerous galleries and helped to connect students with opportunities in and out of the classroom.

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Visiting Artists

EOU's Art Department brings numerous award winning artists to Eastern Oregon each year to provide connections and perspective on a variety of art based topics.

Portland artist’s exhibition marks opening of Nightingale Gallery’s 2017 season

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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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