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.


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