The Center for Visual Arts galleries at SOU give students and community artists the opportunity to show their current work. The CVA Galleries are coordinated by a student Gallery Director and Assistants.
The Retzlaff Gallery is the white cube gallery with no windows and three blank walls for maximum hanging space. This gallery is perfect for installations and video. It is often reserved for BFA students to present their final body of work before graduating, but is also used by community and student artists depending on availability.
The Thorndike Gallery is designated for local and out-of-state artists, as well as student work depending on availability. Abundant wall space and three panels near the floor to ceiling windows provide the gallery with natural light and high visibility to passerby.
The Meyer Memorial, Art Department Chairs, and Boise-Cascade Galleries may be used for student artwork either in single, group or classroom exhibits. These areas are also used by local schools and selected community groups as an alternative space for their artwork.
Please join the CVA Galleries for November First Friday/ Opening Receptions for:
Double Vision // Faded Memory, Grace Prechtel, SOU Alumna Exhibition
some assembly required, Pratt Institute MFA Candidate Group Exhibition
Forest Wanderer, Paige Gerhard, Solo Exhibition
Noumenon, Allen Smith, Community Member Exhibition
Shadows of Thoughts, Dewy Burton, Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday, February 24th, 5-7pm
First Friday Reception: Friday, March 3rd, 5-8pm
Exhibition Dates: February 24 – March 24, 2017
Gallery Hours: 8am-9pm, M-F
Retzlaff Gallery (Art Building):
Double Vision // Faded Memory
Grace Prechtel, SOU Alumna Exhibition
Prechtel exhibits photography and video work
which surrounds the inevitable fallibility of
memory. With landscapes as the subject, the
places are both grand and less well known,
distorted and familiar, saturated — but still true
to life. While the details of the works are
distinguishable, there is still a sense of
Thorndike Gallery (Art Building):
some assembly required
Pratt Institute MFA Candidate Group Exhibition
A survey of six contemporary art practices that utilize
found, ready-made, objects as a fundamental source of
material in the construction of art objects. Each of the
artists on display is currently enrolled in the Fine Arts MFA
program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
Meyer Memorial Gallery (Marion Ady Building):
Paige Gerhard, Solo Exhibition
While hiking the forests of Southern Oregon each day,
these paintings represent a color log of the specific trees
that lie within our forests. Using watercolor and
abstraction, each row represents a tree. In addition, the
single color splotches represent a unique aspect of the
tree, whether it is the bark, the leaves, or the branches.
Art Department Chairs Gallery (Marion Ady Building):
Allen Smith, Community Member Exhibition
Noumenon (n.): an object or event outside
the detection of the senses; itself
inaccessible to experience, to which a
phenomenon is referred for the basis of its
sense content; a posited object or event that
is known (if at all) without the use of the
The horizontal is voluntarily submissive and foundational for anything vertical to exist; it is of eternal character, incorruptibly calm, and
of supreme power in contrast to the transience and defiant angst of verticals.
Color and volume are essential. Time is necessary for complexity, and expansion and failure must exist in order to have
resolution in any meaningful way. Paintings are windows, mirrors, or both.
Boise-Cascade Gallery (Marion Ady Building):
Shadows of Thoughts
Dewy Burton, Solo Exhibition
Patterns surround our daily lives and are
shaped from small intricate webs to larger
complex structures. This exhibition showcases
patterns using hard edge techniques,
symmetry of lines, and geometric forms to
amplify their beauty and shadows.