Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures.
Coos Art Museum’s 560 piece Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art rotates on display throughout the year, but online visitors can also view it through its website at www.coosart.org. It focuses on contemporary fine art prints and original works in all media by Pacific Northwest artists.
Hanging up in the lobby of the Museum, you will find an original painting of Steve Prefontaine by nationally known, Seattle based artist Chris Hopkins. Located upstairs is the Prefontaine Memorial Gallery, where you will find numerous photographs and tributes to this hometown hero. Showcased in a hand-made trophy case are most of the medals, ribbons and trophies that Steve Prefontaine received during his brilliant, but short career.
Art education is a key Museum area of focus. Classes and workshops are held at the Museum. Check the website for classes.