Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery

The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery is a gem.
We have six exhibitions every year by diverse regional and national artists.

Stop by when we are open.
Peek in the windows when we are not.

We are open when classes are in session

Monday-Friday: 9 am-5 pm.

Soapbox Poetry in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery

All are welcome to attend Soapbox Poetry featuring readings from Chemeketa faculty and staff. Free and open to the public.
View the spring schedule to learn more.

Current Exhibit

Spring 2015

Art Student Annual

May 13-June 5
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, May 13, 12-2 pm

First you make the art; then you show it.  This show, juried by respected artists from Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties, offers all students who have taken an art class within the past two years, the chance to display current work, and to win one or more of a wide variety of prizes and purchase awards.

Past Exhibits

Summer 2014 Artist in Residence

Fall 2014

andries fourie
Fabrications: Work by Andries Fourie

September 29-October 31

Mr. Fouries' youth in South Africa continues to inform his interest in the geography and culture of his native land. His mixed media sculptures and paintings use poetic juxtapositions of everyday objects provoking the past, the present, and the tensions in between.


sarah fagin

Sarah Fagan: Surreal and Real

November 5-December 5

Ms. Fagan’s trompe l’oeil style of painting celebrates the order and beauty inherent in manmade objects.  Her formal arrangements float invitingly on the canvas, luring us to take a deeper look at the small items and objects that inhabit our everyday world.

In recent work, Ms. Fagan explores a more abstract approach, emphasizing mood. This in turn invites viewers to look beyond illusionistic depiction and consider objects as repositories of memory and emotion. By investigating the inner nature of materials, we gain a new appreciation for the small objects that surround us.

Winter 2015
New Work by Nicole Hernandez
January 5-February 13

Gigantic braids make formations over the gallery walls and floor in Nicole Hernandez’s installation, aptly titled Extensions. Exploring hair was the subject of Chemeketa’s 2014 Artist in Residence, Nicole Hernandez. Growing up, Nicole identified long hair as a way women, especially those of Latino heritage, would express their femininity. Even as a child, she felt an obligation to value long hair. In her work, Ms. Hernandez creates installations and paintings that ask us to contemplate and question the gender role played by hair in the upbringing and social status of female children.

Practice what you teach: Chemeketa Faculty Art Show 2015

February 18-March 13
Reception: Wednesday, February 18, 12:30-2:30 pm

The faculty art show will exhibit current work by the faculties of the Art and Visual Communications programs.

when they fall, they always make noise
Work by Renee Couture

March 31-May 5
Reception: Wednesday, April 8, 12:30-2:30 pm

Exploring the place and space of the Pacific Northwest timber country is a focus of Renee Couture’s work. In her minimalist constructions, Ms. Couture addresses our interdependence with the natural environment.   She creates a narrative about social values by using non-traditional, readily available commercial materials. By doing so, she seeks to gain a better understanding of our relationship with nature and our connections to or disconnections from the rural landscapes that surround us.


Location and Contact Information:

4000 Lancaster Dr., NE
Salem, OR 97309
Building 3, Room 122

Deborah Trousdale
Gallery Coordinator

Susan Powers
Gallery Assistant