2020 Competition and Exhibition: Tension /Harmony

September 3, 2020 – October 30, 2020

Reception: October 1, 2020, 4pm – 7pm.

Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center,
Oregon State University,
875 SW 26th St.,
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Featured art: Amanda Triplett, Cell Wall, 2018 (detail)
Salvaged fiber and thread, 13” x 25.5” x 1”
2020 Betty Brose and Margaret Hogg
Art About Agriculture Purchase Awards

The 37th Annual Art About Agriculture Competition and Exhibition returns to the much-loved open call, juried format.

This year’s theme invited artists to consider our agricultural future, exploring the relationship between the conservation of natural resources and agricultural production. What will tomorrow’s food and fiber look like when we place equal weight on conservation and use? How might farming, fishing, fibers, fashion, and food culture change in the Pacific Northwest? How might communities and connectedness change as we better understand food insecurity and market access? What would cutting-edge research, technology, and innovation look like in the march towards finding a balanced future?  Artists were provided research papers and news articles pertaining to Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences’ efforts to tackle these important questions. 

The open call received 208 outstanding art submissions by 65 incredible artists. Of the 208 submissions, the jury chose 45 artworks from 34 artists. Artists responded in a multitude of mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, fiber art, and ceramic. 

Oregon is unmatched in the density of its diverse agricultural, environmental, and social landscape. As the founding college of the state’s land-grant university dedicated to serving all Oregonians, the College of Agricultural Sciences stands at the confluence of diverse perspectives. As champions of science, we embrace differences to find common ground and create opportunity – committed each day to make tomorrow better.


The exhibit will be available to viewers both virtually and in person at the Giustina Gallery, with reduced occupancy allowance for in-person viewing. Contact Giustina Gallery for information and to plan a visit: lsc.services@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-2402.

September 3, 2020 – October 30, 2020.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 10am - 3pm, or by appointment.: 541-737-2402


October 1, 2020 (Thursday) 4pm-7pm: The 37th annual Art About Agriculture exhibition, Tension/Harmony reception at Giustina Gallery, The LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University. 

Your in-person reception experience will be as welcoming and safe as possible. We are hosting three reservation timeslots throughout the evening to ensure safe gallery occupancy and social distancing. Tables and surfaces will be regularly sanitized throughout the evening. All visitors to Giustina Gallery are required to wear a facemask and an Eventbrite ticket is required for contact tracing purposes.

If you cannot make it in-person, please join us on zoom! Visit the zoom reception anytime you like between 4pm – 7pm. This virtual reception will be a casual opportunity to reconnect with friends, while in-person visitors and OSU staff occasionally make appearances.

Reception Registration

Giustina Gallery

In response to COVID-19, Giustina Gallery and Art About Agriculture are taking steps to ensure visitors have a safe and welcoming art viewing experience:

  • Giustina Gallery/ The LaSells Stewart Center requires all visitors to wear a mask.
  • Greatly reduced maximum capacity with contact tracing sign-in.
  • To reduce touch surfaces, artist statements are on display alongside artworks. 
  • Online gallery is available through the Giustina Gallery website.
  • The reception for in-person viewing will be by reservation only to space timing of visitors.

List of Participating Artists

  • Abdullah Albohalika
  • Greg Bal
  • David Paul Bayles
  • Rich Bergeman          
  • Nancy Bryant
  • Ronald Bunch
  • Susan Burnes
  • Kathleen Caprario
  • Katy Cauker
  • Jeanne Chamberlain
  • Carol Chapel
  • Karen Clark
  • Bets Cole
  • Jon Jay Cruson
  • Owen Dell
  • Tallmadge Doyle
  • Judy Findley
  • McKenzie Floyd
  • Eric French
  • Priscilla Hanson
  • Susan Harrington
  • Eileen Hearne
  • Don Hudgins
  • George Johanson
  • Mary Josephson
  • Bob Keefer
  • Betty LaDuke
  • Bill Marshall
  • Loren Nelson
  • Cozette Phillips
  • Erik Sandgren
  • Deb Stoner
  • Amanda Triplett
  • Yolanda Valdes Rementería
  • Morgan Walker



Owen Premore

Thank you Donors, Patrons, and Volunteers!

Tina Green-Price and Mary McKillop
The LaSells Stewart Center / Giustina Gallery

Larry and Shelley Curtis Family
The Curtis Family Art About Agriculture Purchase Award

Bill Boggess and Leslie Burns
Office of the Dean, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences

Betty Brose
The Betty Brose Art About Agriculture Fund

Cande and Gene Buccola
The Cande and Gene Buccola Art About Agriculture Purchase Award

Sally Cleveland

Stella and James Coakley
Sheldon L. Ladd Art About Agriculture Purchase Award

Patrick Collier

William Cook and Gwil Evans
Roy D. Nielsen Art About Agriculture Award Fund

Dan Edge
Office of the Dean, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences

Amy Gibson, Sonya Hungerford, and MaKenzie Reed
Art About Agriculture Student Volunteers

Steve Grafe
Juror, Maryhill Museum of Art

Brenda and Gordon Hood
The Brenda and Gordon Hood Art About Agriculture Fund

Margaret Hogg
The Margaret Hogg Memorial Art About Agriculture Fund

Larry and Sherry Kaseberg
Art About Agriculture Fund support

Betty LaDuke
Gifts of art

Lamb Foundation
Paul and Reese Lamb Memorial Art About Agriculture Award Fund

Alan Sams
Office of the Dean, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences

Gayle Strome
The Carey L. and Glen S. Strome Agricultural Art Memorial Purchase Award Fund

Joan Truckenbrod
Juror, Truckenbrod Gallery

Jerri Bartholomew, Gretchen Bracher, Mary Corp, Josh Hackenbruck, Heidi Happonen, and Russell Karow
2020 Art About Agriculture Advisory Council


Sally Cleveland

Former Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing of 15 years at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Cleveland shows regularly in Portland and Seattle galleries. Her work is included in many public and private collections such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Federal Reserve Building in San Francisco, US Bank, Kaiser Permanente and the Tacoma Art Museum.

Patrick Collier

Holding a BA in Philosophy and an MA in English Literature from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, plus an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Collier is a writer as well as a visual artist. He writes art criticism for Oregon ArtsWatch (www.orartswatch.org) in Portland, Oregon, and is the author of a number of catalogue essays.

Dan Edge

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU, Edge is a longtime supporter and promoter of the Art About Agriculture Program.

Steve Grafe

With a BA in studio art at Oregon State University and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Art History at the University of New Mexico, Grafe has held numerous leadership roles in the arts. During the mid-1990s, he served as Acting Curator of Native Heritage at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and as Visual Resources Librarian at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, before working with collections at Mesa Verde National Park and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Joan Truckenbrod

A Professor Emeritus in the Art and Technology Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Truckenbroad served on the faculty for 25 years.  As Director and Curator of the Truckenbrod Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon, she exhibits her own artwork and other professional artists.