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

Gallery winter term hours-

Monday, closed or by appointment only
Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 am-4 pm
Friday, 11am-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.

Visit the English program page for details on this term's readings.

Winter 2016

Current Exhibit

Matthew Boulay - Jan. 4- Feb. 5, 2016
Matthew Boulay Winter 2016 Exhibit

Matthew Boulay is an emerging artist who has an interest in telling stories through his art about war. Specifically, stories that we tell ourselves about war and about the men and women who fight our wars. His work mainly deals with paintings and large installations while drawing from other mediums such as literature and history. Boulay’s experience as a marine and veteran of the Iraq war greatly influence his artistic work. Boulay’s art addresses many of the profound issues found within the contemporary discourse in relation to the role of the military in American society.

Artist Receptions
January 13
12:30-2:30 pm & 5-7:30 pm

Upcoming Exhibits

Time Transfixed - February 10-March 11
By Gary Westford

Reception and artist's talk: Wednesday, February 17, 12:30-2:30

Westford’s paintings reference the events of our time. He juxtaposes events from disparate times into unique and often shocking combinations. The paintings reflect on time and also environmental and social issues. His work is influenced by the artist Rene Magritte. The exhibit title, Time Transfixed is also a Magritte painting. It shows a locomotive emerging from the front of a fireplace, while smoke billows up the fireplaceflue. Westford will be offering a Chemeketa Makes workshop in combination with this exhibit.

Chemeketa Makes: Finding a Voice. Where do Ideas Come From?
Taught by Gary Westford
Sat, Feb 20, 9-3:30. Building 3, Room 121.
Cost: $15

Explore the use of personal experience and interests to make art. These personal sources could be your heritage (such as Icelandic or Hispanic), military service, a favorite song/film/poem, travel, and more. Starting from what you already know well, Chemeketa Makes artist Gary Westford will introduce drawing to music and "silhouette" brain-storming exercises. You will work collaboratively and independently. Using on-site available materials (charcoal, pastel, acrylic paint, cut paper, collage, etc.), you will then create a monument to a loss or triumph, recreate a masterpiece, illustrate a favorite poem or piece of music.

This workshop is designed to explore, have fun, and help generate ideas to make art. It is not a contest but rather collaboration among participants to share ideas and interests. The instructor will use multimedia presentations that include visual images and music, including his own work.

There will be one 30 minute lunch break. It is suggested to bring a lunch, or visit a nearby restaurant, in case food is not available on campus.

Note: Participants will need to fill out and bring a simple question sheet designed to help with the development of your unique ideas. (Available at time of registration)

Also bring a copy of your favorite poem or music lyrics, and 1-2 favorite personal photographs (please make copies of these. Please do not bring original photographs)

Spring 2016

Line it Out: Formal Elements in Art - March 30-May 4
Work by Deborah Bouchette, Gigi Conot, Heather Goodwind, and Kate Simmons

Reception: Wednesday, April 6, 12:30-2:30 pm

Contemporary works of art by Pacific Northwest artists linked through their home base and use of line.

Art Student Annual - May 9-June 3

Reception and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, May 11, 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.

Student art drop off: May 4 & 5
Jury and pick up work not accepted: May 6
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, May 11, 12-2 pm

Location and Contact Information

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

Kay Bunnenberg Boehmer
Gallery Coordinator

Gallery Assistant