With a culture as supportive of the arts as Eugene is, it’s no wonder that art galleries are extremely welcome and are flourishing in the area. Here is a look at four vastly different galleries in the area that are sure to bring wonderment to your eyes and mind alike.
City Hall Gallery – Springfield
Run by the Springfield Arts Commission, the City Hall Gallery greets passersby in the entrance hall of the city library. Featuring an ever-changing selection of art, the City Hall Gallery focuses on local artists. The subject material changes monthly, allowing for new blood to enter the art world regularly. Because of it’s location and the Arts Commissions goals, the gallery is open free to the public during regular library hours. For more information on the gallery, call them at 541-726-2232 or visit them at the library at 225 5th Street.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art – Eugene
Most of the art galleries in the area are more understated, preferring to go for the smaller, homelier look rather than the kind of museum you’d see in major cities. The exception is the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Featuring much of what you’d expect from a big city art museum, the Museum of Art run by the University of Oregon features a wide variety of art in a plethora of different media. They offer regular rotations of big name touring art experiences, as well as local artists. They’re located at 1430 Johnson Lane, and can be reached by phone at 541-346-3027.
Eugene Contemporary Art – Eugene
Featuring a wide variety of contemporary and modern art, Eugene Contemporary Art is focused on the entire art process, from the production to art, to the display of art. They are currently seeking funding for a permanent physical location for their numerous events, which they currently host at a variety of locations. For more information, visit their website.
The New Zone – Eugene
Combining an art gallery and art supply shop with the expert guidance of experienced artists, The New Zone features a beautifully laid out gallery featuring a wide variety of art genre. Established in 1983, The New Zone gets its display media from a common collective, boasting numerous members. This collective guides the gallery through a democratic process, and is open to any interested artists who subscribe to the collectives philosophy and goals. For more information about The New Zone, visiting hours, how to contribute, or how to volunteer, give them a call at 541-683-0759 or visit them at 164 West Broadway in Eugene.