Corvallis Arts and Culture

Corvallis, Oregon offers a rich arts and culture experience, vibrant with the work of our local artists and performers.

From ballet to stage productions, live concerts to art shows, and several festivals dedicated to celebrating the arts, Corvallis has a rich artistic experience to offer.

The Arts Center and the Benton County Historical Museum, along with several other local arts galleries, host art shows featuring local and regional artists. The Majestic Theatre offer regular performances varying from live productions to concerts and more. The beautiful and historic Whiteside Theatre hosts concerts and other events. Oregon State University brings an amazing array of arts, performances and concerts to Corvallis, too.

Check our calendar of Corvallis arts and culture events below. See our Arts and Culture attractions guide for listings of art galleries, art walks, festivals and more.

Sep
30
Tue
2nd Annual Crater Lake Show & Experience @ Giustina Gallery
Sep 30 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
2nd Annual Crater Lake Show & Experience @ Giustina Gallery | Corvallis | Oregon | United States

Each year we encourage all participating artists to take a trip to Oregon’s wonderful national park, Crater Lake. Although it’s not a requirement, the experience and feeling of the moment when you reach the crater’s rim or turn the corner to another wonder, all reflect in the expression of the art. Those moments and feelings are what the 2nd Annual Crater Lake Show & Experience will capture and share with viewers.

Cool Tools! @ Benton County Museum
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cool Tools! @ Benton County Museum | Philomath | Oregon | United States

Cool Tools! is now open at Benton County Museum in Philomath. Tools of regional and national significance from the workshop, laboratory, farm, field and home are featured. Informational labels are available on touch screen computers or your own smartphone.

Visitors see the surveying tools used by Oregon pioneer Joseph C. Avery (1817-1876) to lay out the town of Marysville (later Corvallis) in 1851, as well as a theodolite used to survey Lake Superior in 1869. This exhibition contains a chain saw that might be the largest you’ve ever seen! The HP35 calculator and the Hewlett-Packard ThinkJet printer had profound effects on American life and we have the objects and share their stories. Tools for agriculture, engineering, robotics, textiles, distilling, lumbering, surveying, and woodworking are all represented. Cool Tools! will be open through 2014 on the ground floor of the museum. Rotating art exhibitions are featured in the second floor Moreland Auditorium.

Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper @ Benton County Museum
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper @ Benton County Museum | Philomath | Oregon | United States

Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper: Prints, Drawings and Book Arts opens at Benton County Historical Museum on Friday, September 5, 2014. The exhibition will be on view through October 11, 2014.

“Yuji Hiratsuka needs no introduction in artistic, institutional, or academic print making circles. His widely known, brilliantly conceived and executed intaglio prints are second to none, today,” notes Stephen A. Fredericks, Founder of The New York Society of Etchers.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm. Admission is always free!

Meet the Authors: Kerry Augustyniak and Jared John Smith @ Grass Roots Books & Music
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm
Meet the Authors: Kerry Augustyniak and Jared John Smith @ Grass Roots Books & Music | Corvallis | Oregon | United States

Join us for local authors Kerry Augustyniak and John Jared Smith, who will read and sign their books, “Crooked Paths and Abandoned Borders” and “The Rabbit,” respectively.

“Crooked Paths and Abandoned Borders” is a true story of one human’s struggle and one canine’s quest to find a pack where they belong. Surviving as castaways, each tries to find footing in a wilderness they were never intended to be part of. It’s for those who dance to a different drummer and what happens when they fail to integrate, a story of trespassed boundaries, disintegration, and broken hearts, in the midst of conflicting ideologies. Despite anguish, despair, and knowing nothing but failure, their paths eventually lead to where Love, Hope, Acceptance, and Credence can so often be found, right under our very own nose.

“Rabbit” explores a young folklorist driving 4,000 miles, collecting ghost stories and meeting his homeless schizophrenic father for the first time. Our narrator is attempting to finish his book, pausing the story to debate with his frustrated editor. The manuscript is unraveling as he approaches its end. Rabbit is a meta-fiction literary novel depicting a young writer’s obsessions with our cosmos, estranged parents, abuse, and infidelity. It is an angst-riddled ride through the American subconscious of the twenty-first century.
This book is never finished, the author declares. Meeting his father was not the ending he expected. It was the beginning of his darkest psychological descent.

Oct
1
Wed
2nd Annual Crater Lake Show & Experience @ Giustina Gallery
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
2nd Annual Crater Lake Show & Experience @ Giustina Gallery | Corvallis | Oregon | United States

Each year we encourage all participating artists to take a trip to Oregon’s wonderful national park, Crater Lake. Although it’s not a requirement, the experience and feeling of the moment when you reach the crater’s rim or turn the corner to another wonder, all reflect in the expression of the art. Those moments and feelings are what the 2nd Annual Crater Lake Show & Experience will capture and share with viewers.

Vistas & Vineyards 2014 @ Giustina Gallery
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Vistas & Vineyards 2014 @ Giustina Gallery | Corvallis | Oregon | United States

The Giustina Gallery will display the beautiful work of Vistas & Vineyards during October 2014.

Vistas and Vineyards is a group of artists that meets weekly between mid-May through mid-October to express themselves individually as artists, to enjoy painting “en plein aire” at local sites and to share their work with each other and the mid-valley community. The group was formed in 1989 and always welcomes new members.

Cool Tools! @ Benton County Museum
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cool Tools! @ Benton County Museum | Philomath | Oregon | United States

Cool Tools! is now open at Benton County Museum in Philomath. Tools of regional and national significance from the workshop, laboratory, farm, field and home are featured. Informational labels are available on touch screen computers or your own smartphone.

Visitors see the surveying tools used by Oregon pioneer Joseph C. Avery (1817-1876) to lay out the town of Marysville (later Corvallis) in 1851, as well as a theodolite used to survey Lake Superior in 1869. This exhibition contains a chain saw that might be the largest you’ve ever seen! The HP35 calculator and the Hewlett-Packard ThinkJet printer had profound effects on American life and we have the objects and share their stories. Tools for agriculture, engineering, robotics, textiles, distilling, lumbering, surveying, and woodworking are all represented. Cool Tools! will be open through 2014 on the ground floor of the museum. Rotating art exhibitions are featured in the second floor Moreland Auditorium.

Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper @ Benton County Museum
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper @ Benton County Museum | Philomath | Oregon | United States

Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper: Prints, Drawings and Book Arts opens at Benton County Historical Museum on Friday, September 5, 2014. The exhibition will be on view through October 11, 2014.

“Yuji Hiratsuka needs no introduction in artistic, institutional, or academic print making circles. His widely known, brilliantly conceived and executed intaglio prints are second to none, today,” notes Stephen A. Fredericks, Founder of The New York Society of Etchers.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm. Admission is always free!

Oct
2
Thu
Vistas & Vineyards 2014 @ Giustina Gallery
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Vistas & Vineyards 2014 @ Giustina Gallery | Corvallis | Oregon | United States

The Giustina Gallery will display the beautiful work of Vistas & Vineyards during October 2014.

Vistas and Vineyards is a group of artists that meets weekly between mid-May through mid-October to express themselves individually as artists, to enjoy painting “en plein aire” at local sites and to share their work with each other and the mid-valley community. The group was formed in 1989 and always welcomes new members.

Cool Tools! @ Benton County Museum
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cool Tools! @ Benton County Museum | Philomath | Oregon | United States

Cool Tools! is now open at Benton County Museum in Philomath. Tools of regional and national significance from the workshop, laboratory, farm, field and home are featured. Informational labels are available on touch screen computers or your own smartphone.

Visitors see the surveying tools used by Oregon pioneer Joseph C. Avery (1817-1876) to lay out the town of Marysville (later Corvallis) in 1851, as well as a theodolite used to survey Lake Superior in 1869. This exhibition contains a chain saw that might be the largest you’ve ever seen! The HP35 calculator and the Hewlett-Packard ThinkJet printer had profound effects on American life and we have the objects and share their stories. Tools for agriculture, engineering, robotics, textiles, distilling, lumbering, surveying, and woodworking are all represented. Cool Tools! will be open through 2014 on the ground floor of the museum. Rotating art exhibitions are featured in the second floor Moreland Auditorium.

Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper @ Benton County Museum
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper @ Benton County Museum | Philomath | Oregon | United States

Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper: Prints, Drawings and Book Arts opens at Benton County Historical Museum on Friday, September 5, 2014. The exhibition will be on view through October 11, 2014.

“Yuji Hiratsuka needs no introduction in artistic, institutional, or academic print making circles. His widely known, brilliantly conceived and executed intaglio prints are second to none, today,” notes Stephen A. Fredericks, Founder of The New York Society of Etchers.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm. Admission is always free!

‘Imperfect Perfection’ at the Arts Center @ The Arts Center
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
'Imperfect Perfection' at the Arts Center @ The Arts Center | Corvallis | Oregon | United States

The exhibition’s title “Imperfect Perfection” refers to the study of classical music — on string instruments — by young people. Chui Hui Shen, a mother and artist living in Corvallis, draws and paints her children and their peers over and over while the kids practice their violin and cello.

Learn more about the artist and the exhibit at TheArtsCenter.net.

Art Reception: Imperfect Perfection @ The Arts Center
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Art Reception: Imperfect Perfection @ The Arts Center | Corvallis | Oregon | United States

The exhibition’s title “Imperfect Perfection” refers to the study of classical music — on string instruments — by young people. Chui Hui Shen, a mother and artist living in Corvallis, draws and paints her children and their peers over and over while the kids practice their violin and cello.

Learn more about the artist and the exhibit at TheArtsCenter.net.

Oct
3
Fri
Vistas & Vineyards 2014 @ Giustina Gallery
Oct 3 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Vistas & Vineyards 2014 @ Giustina Gallery | Corvallis | Oregon | United States

The Giustina Gallery will display the beautiful work of Vistas & Vineyards during October 2014.

Vistas and Vineyards is a group of artists that meets weekly between mid-May through mid-October to express themselves individually as artists, to enjoy painting “en plein aire” at local sites and to share their work with each other and the mid-valley community. The group was formed in 1989 and always welcomes new members.

Cool Tools! @ Benton County Museum
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cool Tools! @ Benton County Museum | Philomath | Oregon | United States

Cool Tools! is now open at Benton County Museum in Philomath. Tools of regional and national significance from the workshop, laboratory, farm, field and home are featured. Informational labels are available on touch screen computers or your own smartphone.

Visitors see the surveying tools used by Oregon pioneer Joseph C. Avery (1817-1876) to lay out the town of Marysville (later Corvallis) in 1851, as well as a theodolite used to survey Lake Superior in 1869. This exhibition contains a chain saw that might be the largest you’ve ever seen! The HP35 calculator and the Hewlett-Packard ThinkJet printer had profound effects on American life and we have the objects and share their stories. Tools for agriculture, engineering, robotics, textiles, distilling, lumbering, surveying, and woodworking are all represented. Cool Tools! will be open through 2014 on the ground floor of the museum. Rotating art exhibitions are featured in the second floor Moreland Auditorium.

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