2023 Open Call for Art is Closed

Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2023

Submission Deadline: March 5, 2023 at 11:59pm

For 40 years, the Art About Agriculture program at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has invited artists throughout the Pacific Northwest to creatively explore the uniquely diverse agricultural and natural resources of our region. Striking a careful balance between agricultural production and conservation, our agriculture and natural resources represent the backbone of resilience for our communities, our food systems, and our environment.

In commemoration of its 40th Anniversary, Art About Agriculture is seeking submissions of art that will help our honored jurors select artwork for this year’s traveling exhibition that speaks to the breadth of agricultural and natural resource research, and its many varied and diverse perspectives across a wide range of artistic mediums.  All artists who draw inspiration from agricultural and natural resource topics, and the people connected to them, are welcome to apply. 

Below we have included links to recent news from College of Agricultural Sciences, with many more articles for inspiration found at The Source webpage.  The diverse areas of research within the College of Agricultural Sciences can be found here: agsci.oregonstate.edu/home/research.  Oregon State University is proud to be among the first research universities in the world to adopt faculty scholarship as creative intellectual work consisting of discovery, development, integration, and artistry.  Under the leadership of President Emeritus Dr. John Byrne, Provost Emeritus Dr. Roy Arnold, Dean Emeritus Dr. Conrad J. Weiser, and Professor Emeritus Gwil Evans the College of Agricultural Sciences approved this adoption in 1993 and OSU as a whole in 1995.

The 2023 tour is scheduled to include Giustina Gallery (Corvallis, OR/OSU), Rogue Gallery & Art Center (Medford, OR), and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts (Portland, OR).

As a world-class leader in agricultural, environmental, and life sciences at Oregon’s Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant institution, the College of Agricultural Sciences encourages diverse points of view and for 40 years has invested in visual arts as an important part of its mission.

As the founding College of the state’s land grant university, it is dedicated to serving all Oregonians. As champions of science, the College of Agricultural Sciences embraces differences to find common ground and create opportunity – committed each day to make tomorrow better.

Featured artwork for the 2023 Open Call: Claudia Cave, Clouded Tree, 2006, graphite, 12.5” x 8.5”.  2010 winner of the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences Purchase Award, Sheldon L. Ladd Purchase Award, and OSU President's Purchase Award.  Sponsored by Sonny and Gita Ramaswamy, James and Stella Coakley, Ed and Beth Ray, and the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.


To mark this milestone year for the program, Art About Agriculture has invited exceptional individuals who have directly shaped the program to serve as the 2023 Jury:


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. 

Entry Guidelines

This regional, juried competition is open to artists living in Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Student artwork completed while enrolled in an educational curriculum is not accepted.

All submissions must relate thematically to agriculture and natural resources. All fine arts and crafts media are eligible for consideration. All approaches welcome.  The large and diverse scope of research affiliated with OSU College of Agricultural Sciences can be found here:  agsci.oregonstate.edu/home/research.

Blind Jury Process:
The jurying process occurs in two parts. Part 1 is the review of art submissions digitally with artist names removed from jury documents.  The jury will then select 45-60 artworks for the tour. In part 2, jurors will nominate purchase awards from the pool of touring artworks for acquisition into the Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection

Beyond those artists selected by the jurors, the Directing Curator of Art About Agriculture may invite one or more additional artists to participate in the 2023 Tour.

Art About Agriculture reserves the right to refuse artwork that does not meet the competition standards, or artwork that is beyond the scope or specification of the competition.

May submit up to five artworks. 1-2 sentence description of each piece is encouraged, but not required.  Images should be titled accordingly: First_Last-shortened title-0x0x0in. 3D artworks may submit up to three additional images of different views for each artwork. Please group 3D views in the image title with A, B, C indicators.

Any photos or promotional materials provided by the artist of artwork selected for inclusion in the exhibitions can be used to promote the artwork, exhibitions, or venues.  This includes use in online galleries hosted on OSU websites and/or websites associated with tour venues. All photos and materials used for promotions will acknowledge the artist.

No fee for submissions. However, venue commissions will be retained from all sales from Giustina Gallery (30%), Center for Arts & History (0% / no commission retained), Rogue Gallery (40%), and Portland’5 (15%).  Please list the sale price for Giustina Gallery only in the Ideal-Logic submission form.  Artists of selected artworks will have the opportunity to adjust pricing per venue in the Art About Agriculture Exhibit Tour Property Loan Agreement Form.  Not for Sale (NFS) artwork submissions are allowed and equally considered.

Work on paper must be framed and under acrylic/Plexiglas - no glass! 2D artwork must be framed, wired, and ready to hang. Other wall-hung artwork should be wired if possible.

Dimensions, weight, and Support:
All artworks must be less than 50 lbs.

2D art, including frame: no larger than 48 inches in height and 56 inches in width, or 56 inches in height and 48 inches in width. Due to wall space restrictions at host venues, 2D artwork selections over 48 inches in height and 40 inches wide will be extremely limited.

3D art: must not exceed 40 inches in height or width, 36 inches in depth, and must fit through a standard doorway.

Technology and time-based art:
Please provide technology and maintenance needs for each submission. Artists of artwork requiring technology should anticipate providing the technology needed to exhibit the art.  Artwork with audio should use personal listening devices, such as headphones or cellphones.

Shipping, dropping off, and supplemental materials: Artists of jury-selected art are responsible for artwork delivery to OSU and return from OSU.  Artists will provide rigid reusable packing container/s for their selected artwork.  If shipping art, please provide a return postage paid shipping label. OSU must receive shipped artworks before 11am on Monday, May 1, 2023.  Artwork can also be dropped-off and picked-up at OSU in Corvallis, OR.  Artwork drop-off options are Saturday, April 29, 9am – 3pm, or Sunday, April 30, 10am – 2pm at Giustina Gallery, 875 SW 26th St, Corvallis, Oregon 97331.  Art About Agriculture will transport artworks between tour venues. All artists with artwork selected by the jury to participate in the exhibition will receive an OSU Art About Agriculture Exhibit Tour Property Loan Agreement Form.  Selected artists will provide OSU with an artist statement and artist resume, which must be received no later than Monday, April 19, 2023.   

Shipping Address:

Owen Premore
Art About Agriculture
OSU College of Agricultural Sciences
248 Strand Agriculture Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331


(All dates are subject to change.)

March 5, 2023 (Sunday) at 11:59pm: Submission Deadline.

March 23 (Friday), tentative: Selection and non-selection notices emailed to artists. Selected artists will receive an Art About Agriculture Exhibit Tour Property Loan Agreement Form (PLA), to be completed by the artist.

April 19 (Wednesday): Deadline for artist statement and artist resume.  The PLA Form can be submitted along with statement/s and resume, or it can be included with the art delivery to OSU.

April 29 (Saturday), 9am – 3pm: Artwork drop off at Giustina Gallery, 875 SW 26th St, Corvallis, Oregon 97331.

April 30 (Sunday), 10am – 2pm: Last opportunity to drop off artwork at Giustina Gallery, 875 SW 26th St, Corvallis, Oregon 97331.

May 1 (Monday), before 11am: Deadline for receiving shipped artwork.

May 9 (Tuesday), tentative: Notices emailed to artists selected by the jury to receive Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection Purchase Awards.

May 9 – June 15, 2023: Art About Agriculture 2023 touring exhibition at Giustina Gallery, The LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University.

May 25 (Thursday): Exhibition Reception at Giustina Gallery.

June 23 – September 17, 2023: Art About Agriculture 2023 touring exhibition at TBD

June 23 (Friday): Opening Reception at TBD

September 29 – November 10, 2023: Art About Agriculture 2023 touring exhibition at Rogue Gallery & Art Center in Medford, OR.

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

November 17 – December 31, 2023: Art About Agriculture 2023 touring exhibition at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts in Portland, OR.

November 17 5:00-7:30pm (tentative): Opening reception at Portland’5.