The Newport Visual Arts Center, located at the historic Nye Beach Turnaround, is a facility built by the City of Newport as a public art exhibition space and for art education programs and maintained by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. Opening in 1983, the Newport Visual Arts Center (or “VAC”) is the largest facility on the Oregon Coast built specifically for the exhibition of visual art. The VAC includes three traditional gallery spaces, as well as the newer “media room” and “Classroom Gallery.”
The VAC also includes two classrooms/event spaces that are rented by a wide variety of community organizations and private parties.
The William Runyan Gallery occupies approximately 1,100 square feet on the first floor and exhibits 8-12 shows per year.
The Upstairs Gallery, a 300 square foot gallery space on the third floor level, schedules 8-12 exhibits per year featuring new and experimental artists in the northwest region.
The Coastal Oregon Visual Artists’ Showcase (COVAS), established in 2011, occupies space on the third floor of the Visual Arts Center. Download the initial COVAS exhibition catalogue as a PDF (5.8MB).
The Media Room was established in summer 2016 and is intended as a space for digital art and installations (video, photography, light and sound exhibitions). Located the VAC’s second floory, the Media Room is approximately 300 square feet and has seating space for 15-20 viewers. The Media Room can also be used as a meeting and classroom space, and includes large darkroom sink.
The Classroom Gallery was established in summer 2016 as home for student artwork. Approximately 200 square feet, the Classroom Gallery is a less formal gallery space and also functions as a meeting and classroom space. Most work exhibited in the Classroom Gallery has been wall work. The Classroom Gallery has hosted exhibits generated through the OCCA Art Fridays program and the VAC Summer Camp as well as exhibits developed by outside groups such as the Newport Middle School and Neighbors for Kids. Contact the VAC director if you exhibit ideas to present for showcasing student-developed artwork.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Submitting exhibition proposals. Download the Exhibit Proposal Form from the right side of this page. Fill out the form completely and with as much detail as possible, including sample images. Deliver form and materials to the VAC director either via email to email@example.com or by dropping off hard copies to the VAC’s physical address.
The Visual Arts Center also offers classes, workshops, and community events. The facility is also available for rental for art events and other activities. View the Rental Rates in the Downloads area to the right.
Runyan Gallery Hours
Wednesdays and Saturdays – 12pm to 4pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays – 12pm to 4pm
Currently Closed due to Covid-19
Contact us for gallery or room rental information at 541-265-6540 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (We not currently scheduling rentals due to Covid-19)
Contact the Director, Tom Webb, at 541-265-6569 or email email@example.com.
Social Media: One of the best ways to stay informed on VAC exhibits and activities is to follow us on Facebook at “Newport Visual Arts Center.”
Thank you for your participation in the arts. One of the greatest gifts is the gift of your time and talent. VAC volunteers serve as gallery docents, event and office supporters, and as committee members. Current open gallery shifts: Tuesday, Wednesday: 3-6pm; and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: noon to 4pm. Contact the VAC director at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your volunteer interests. The VAC also has current needs for an event photographer and videographer.
VISUAL ARTS CENTER (VAC) STEERING GROUP
The VAC Steering Committee was formed in 2014 and is making sure that the VAC will be on a sound footing well into the future. The Steering Committee is addressing building needs, VAC marketing, a VAC business model and funding, and future VAC arts-learning activities. The VAC Steering Committee includes representatives from partner organizations as well as at-large community members. This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 10am-noon. Contact Tom Webb at email@example.com for details.
ARTS LEARNING ADVISORY GROUP
This group of artists, educators, community members and staff are creating youth-art classes and other youth-art activities at the Visual Arts Center. The VAC is now hosting Art Fridays youth-art classes during the fall and winter seasons, and art camps during the summer. Search this site for “Art Fridays” for a listing of the most recent classes, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to be put on the VAC’s youth-arts email listserv. The Arts Learning Advisory Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month, 9-11am. Contact Tom Webb at email@example.com for more information.
Exhibition Advisory Group (EAC)
The Exhibition Advisory Committee (EAC) supports the VAC director in reviewing and developing exhibition ideas, coordinating the exhibition calendar, artist outreach, exhibition installation and event planning. The EAC meets on the last Tuesday of the month, 5:15pm. at the VAC. Contact Tom Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.