Meyer Memorial Gallery, Marion Ady Building

CVA Galleries at SOU

1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520
M–F 8AM–9PM (varies)

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.

Currently Featured:

Winter Exhibitions at the CVA Galleries


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

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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

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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):

Forest Wanderer

Paige Gerhard, Solo Exhibition

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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

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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

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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.