2023 Competition and Touring Exhibition

Friday, November 17
5:00 - 7:30 pm

Opening Reception

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts
Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Remarks at 6:00pm

Art About Agriculture is celebrating 40 years! THANK YOU to all artists, venues, and patrons who have made this milestone possible.  We are honored to present this year’s jury-selected artworks from artists representing 20 counties throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Established in 1983, Art About Agriculture is a STEAM education program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) that has inspired countless artists throughout the Pacific Northwest to consider food, fiber, and natural resources in their creative practices.  Founded on the idea that art can promote agricultural awareness and appreciation, the Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection can be found on display in public spaces throughout the state. 

All artworks in the permanent collection were selected by jury, with the vast majority acquired through the annual competition process and funded by essential donations and endowments.  Please consider donating to Art About Agriculture; all donations directly support art and artists.


Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection

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Oregon State University is one of only two universities in the country with Land-, Sea-, Space-, and Sun-Grant designations, and is a world-class leader in agricultural, environmental, and life sciences.

As the founding College of OSU, the College of Agricultural Sciences is dedicated to serving all Oregonians, embracing differences to find common ground, and encouraging diverse points of view. For 40 years, the College has invested in visual arts as an important part of its mission, committed each day to make tomorrow better—for everyone.

Featured artwork: Britt Block, What a Bee Sees: Apple Blossom, 2022. Pastel on Paper, 54” x 45”

Tour Dates

May 9 – June 15: Exhibition at Giustina Gallery

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

May 25, 5:00 – 7:30pm (Thursday): Exhibition Reception at Giustina Gallery.  Open to the public and all are welcome!

September 29 – November 10: Exhibition at Rogue Gallery & Art Center

Rogue Gallery & Art Center
40 S Bartlett St, Medford, OR 97501

October 20, 5:30 - 8:00 pm (Friday): Reception at Rogue Gallery & Art Center

November 17 – December 31: Exhibition at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

November 17, 5:00 - 7:30 pm (Friday): Opening reception at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

Remarks at 6:00pm

List of Participating Artists

  • Anja Albosta (Waldport, Oregon)
  • Adam Arms (Portland, Oregon)
  • Cathryn Baerwald (Carnation, Washington)
  • Sarah-Luella Baker (Portland, Oregon)
  • Craig J Barber (La Conner, Washington)
  • Britt Block (McMinnville, Oregon)
  • Lisa Brinkman (West Linn, Oregon)
  • Nancy Bryant (Corvallis, Oregon)
  • Susan Eileen Burnes (Rogue River, Oregon)
  • Joanna Carrabbio (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Jeanne Chamberlain (Portland, Oregon)
  • Carol Chapel (Corvallis, Oregon)
  • Adrian Chitty (McMinnville, Oregon)
  • Fretta Cravens (Portland, Oregon)
  • Jon Jay Cruson (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Karen Cunagin (Albany, Oregon)
  • Robert Dash (Deer Harbor, Washington)
  • Dennis DeHart (Pullman, Washington)
  • MaryAnn Fiorillo (Moscow, Idaho)
  • George Hansen (Colton, Oregon)
  • Eileen Hearne (Newport, Oregon)
  • Nancy Helmsworth (Portland, Oregon)
  • Yuji Hiratsuka (Corvallis, Oregon)
  • Fran Holt (Port Ludlow, Washington)
  • Alyssa Hopkins (Clarkston, Washington)
  • Dave Horton (Springfield, Oregon)
  • Robin Hostick (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Shobha Jetmalani (Portland, Oregon)
  • Aaron Cordell Johnson (Moscow, Idaho)
  • Marjorie Kinch (Corvallis, Oregon)
  • Kitty Kingston (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Steven Kratka (Mill City, Oregon)
  • Linnea Kriete (Pendleton, Oregon)
  • Betty LaDuke (Ashland, Oregon)
  • Sam Livingston (Wilsonville, Oregon)
  • Karen Maier (Bend, Oregon)
  • Vivian McAleavey (Jacksonville, Oregon)
  • Kate McGee (Philomath, Oregon)
  • Rinee Merritt (Albany, Oregon)
  • Naoko Morisawa (Seattle, Washington)
  • Connie Mueller (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Loren Nelson (Beaverton, Oregon)
  • Neal Philpott (Oregon City, Oregon)
  • Jeanne Premore (Milwaukie, Oregon)
  • Sarah Rehfeldt (Issaquah, Washington)
  • Hampton Rodriguez (Portland, Oregon)
  • Laura Ross-Paul (Portland, Oregon)
  • Karen Russo (Elmira, Oregon)
  • Judy Shaw (Portland, Oregon)
  • Anita Spaeth (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Debby Sundbaum-Sommers (Philomath, Oregon)
  • Richard Thompson (formerly of Dayton, Oregon)
  • Phyllis Trowbridge (Portland, Oregon)
  • Bruce Ulrich (McMinnville, Oregon)
  • Liz Walker (Beaverton, OR)

Contact Art About Agriculture:

Oregon State University
College of Agricultural Sciences
Art About Agriculture
248 Strand Agriculture Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

Thank you Donors, Patrons, and Volunteers!

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

Jerri Bartholomew, Gretchen Bracher, Mary Corp, Ben Davis, and Russell Karow
2023 Art About Agriculture Advisory Council

Celeste Anderle and Ashly Mauer
Art About Agriculture Assistants

Betty Brose
Guest advisor and the Betty Brose Art About Agriculture Fund

Gene and Cande Buccola

The Gene and Cande Buccola Art About Agriculture Purchase Award

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

Bets Cole

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

Shelley Curtis

Peg Herring

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

Margaret Hogg
The Margaret Hogg Memorial Art About Agriculture Fund

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

Bill Marshall

Portland’5 Centers for the

Rogue Gallery & Art Center

Roundhouse Foundation

The Roundhouse Foundation Purchase Award

Staci Simonich
Office of the Dean, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences

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

Conrad J. Weiser


As an exhibiting artist for over 20 years, Bets Cole has achieved success in selling and showing her artwork nationwide. Bets earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. She is known for her dramatic large-scale charcoal drawings and her colorful, acrylic and gouache paintings. Bets’s paintings have been selected for many public and private collections which include: The M & T Bank & Investment Group Collection in Baltimore, Maryland, Oregon State University, Umpqua Community College, University of Oregon and for The Adell McMillan and Marathon Coach Collections in Eugene, Oregon. Her work has been showcased in the Governor’s Office in the Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon, and the Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection features three of her paintings: Fall Farm (1994), Grand Farm View (2003), and Dockside (2006).

Shelley Curtis was the Art About Agriculture program’s Directing Curator from 1999 – 2018.  She organized many influential exhibitions and tours, including the 25th anniversary retrospective exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society.  Curtis was the editor of the highly regarded collection catalog, This Bountiful Place: Art About Agriculture, The Permanent Collection (Oregon Historical Society Press, 2006).  She is also an accomplished photographer and founding member of the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild.  Shelley Curtis earned an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa.

Peg Herring is professor emerita of science communications and former director of communications for the OSU College of Agriculture Sciences and OSU Extension. Herring writes and illustrates books about Northwest natural history and works closely with educators to integrate art and science in STEAM curricula (mlherring.org). She serves as Vice President of the Board for the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.  

Bill Marshall studied sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking at Glendale Community College, painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, and sculpture at the College of Marin. He became a full-time professional artist in the early 1970s exhibiting in galleries in San Francisco, and Portland. After moving to Albany in 1983, Bill pursued a career in horticulture and landscape design.  He applied his artistic disciplines to building gardens for commercial, and private properties throughout the Willamette Valley.  Now, after retiring, he has much more time to devote to his artwork, showing in local galleries, and participating in juried exhibits. Bill began participating in the Art About Agriculture exhibit in 1986, and won a cash award that year for his watercolor, Nine Sheep.  He also won Art About Agriculture purchase awards for Blue Border, 1987, and PLEASE DON’T LEAVE MONEY, 2022.  Bill is an exhibiting member of the Gallery Calapooia in Albany, Oregon, and has ongoing exhibits at the Albany Public Library.

Conrad J. (Bud) Weiser is Dean Emeritus of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences (1991-1994) and former research scientist and educator in biology, horticulture, and agriculture.  Now a successful artist, Bud Weiser’s stone sculptures and bonsai trees are widely exhibited and collected. 


Thank you to our event sponsor, the OSU Alumni Association. The OSU Alumni Association bridges a global community of over 205,000 Oregon State alumni, and its engaged community of volunteers and supporters make possible events, scholarships, career development and specialized alumni services that make OSU a place of lifelong learning and belonging. Get engaged with the OSU community at ForOregonState.org.