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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. View VAC rental and space information. The VAC’s preferred rental contact hours are Thursday-Sunday, 3pm to 6pm. Call 541-265-6540 or email vacrentals@coastarts.org.

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 norhwest 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. 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 twebb@coastarts.org 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 are Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm (summer, closes at 5pm during winter hours).
Upstairs Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 4 pm.
COVAS Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 4 pm.

Contact us for gallery or room rental information at 541-265-6540 or vacrentals@coastarts.org.

Contact the Director, Tom Webb, at 541-265-6569 or email twebb@coastarts.org.

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.”

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