PCA’s Open Regional Exhibit Accepting Artwork Through March 4

This year's Open Regional Exhibit at the Pendleton Center for the Arts opens to the public on March 9. (Photo courtesy of Pendleton Center for the Arts)

Artists from across northeast Oregon and southeast Washington are reminded to submit work for this year’s Open Regional Exhibit at the Pendleton Center for the Arts.

The date for drop-off of artwork is Saturday, March 4 from noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit opens in the East Oregonian Gallery on Thursday, March 9 with refreshments served at 5:30 and a Judge’s Critique and Award Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event, which brings beginning, emerging and established artists together to share their best work. Adults 18 and over may enter up to two pieces and a special teen category is available for artists 13-17 years old. Accepted works include but are not limited to painting, printmaking, book arts, glass, sculpture, mixed media and fiber arts. Photography is the only medium not accepted.

While the exhibit is not juried, there are some limitations on size and weight which are outlined in the entry form, which can be found

Banner Bank of Pendleton is a long-time sponsor of the Open Regional event and contributes $1000 in cash prizes that are awarded to artists in both the adult and teen categories. Visitors to the gallery also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite work and the winner will be awarded the Jacqueline Brown People’s Choice Award, made possible through the generosity of Katherine Brown and Andrew Picken.

This year’s judge is Pendleton artist Judith Bauman. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from Alfred University NYSCC School of Art and Design. In 2015, Bauman completed Tamarind Institute’s Professional Printer Training Program. She has taught printmaking and drawing at several institutions, most notably The Evergreen State College from 2005-2014 and Northern Arizona University from 2015-2017.

Baumann maintains an active studio practice and her work has been shown nationally in group, juried and solo exhibitions and is help in several public special collections across the country. Her Judge’s Critique will provide insight into why selected works were singled out for awards and provide some professional development tips for artists looking to further their work.

The exhibit will be on view through April 29. Admission to the gallery is always free. Entry forms are available at the Pendleton Center for the Arts or can be printed from the PCA website. More information is available online or by calling 541-278-9201