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ADDRESS

777 NW Beach Drive, Newport, OR 97365

HOURS

Wednesday – Sunday
Noon – 4pm 

Enjoy art exhibits and arts learning in three galleries and two ocean-view classrooms.

Located at the historic Nye Beach turnaround, the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC) was built by the City of Newport and opened in 1983 as a public art exhibition space and for art education programs. It is maintained and operated by Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. The VAC includes three traditional gallery spaces, as well two classrooms/event spaces.

The William Runyan Gallery occupies approximately 1,100 square feet on the 1st floor and features rotating exhibits throughout the year. (Click here for Runyan Gallery layout)

The 300-square foot Upstairs Gallery, located on the 3rd floor, also hosts rotating exhibits — primarily featuring new and experimental artists in the northwest region. (Click here for Upstairs Gallery layout)

The Coastal Oregon Visual Artists’ Showcase (COVAS), established in 2011, is located on the 2nd floor. Rotating exhibits in this space are typically 3-dimensional and feature work from coastal artists. (Click here for COVAS Showcase dimensions)

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday – 12pm to 4pm (unless otherwise noted)

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The Visual Arts Center also offers classes, workshops, and community events.


EXHIBIT PROPOSALS:

Click to download the Exhibit Proposal Form. Fill out the form completely and with as much detail as possible, then email (with high-resolution sample images) to cdavidson@coastarts.org.


Upcoming Events at the Newport Visual Arts Center:

NPBAF Instructors’ Show 2024 – Opening Reception

Mar 1, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

PRESENTED BY THE OCCA

Sam Jacobson: Boldly Practical – Opening Reception

Mar 1, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

PRESENTED BY THE OCCA

Chuck Franklin: A Life in Glass – Opening Reception

Mar 1, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

PRESENTED BY THE OCCA

Free Glaze Demonstration with Sam Jacobson

Mar 16, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

PRESENTED BY THE OCCA

Drop-In Figure Drawing – March

Mar 17, 2024
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PRESENTED BY THE OCCA

Call for Artists: 10 x 10 Show – Celebrating Creativity

Dec 21 - Apr 3, 2024

Drop-In Figure Drawing – April

Apr 21, 2024
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PRESENTED BY THE OCCA

Newport Visual Arts Center

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