Visual Arts Festival

2018 Visual Arts Festival

Eugene celebrates the visual arts with a week-long downtown festival featuring the 20x21 EUG Mural Project’s Eugene Walls, Eugene Biennial at the Karin Clark Gallery, the return of the Mayor’s Art Show and Salon des Refusés, and the BRIDGE Exhibition with innovative, contemporary art installations. The Visual Arts Festival brings together street art, contemporary art and gallery art into an event for the entire family.

Visual Arts Festival Kickoff

July 27, 2018  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Kick off an exciting week of gallery, contemporary and street art. Tour multiple downtown galleries and interactive outdoor installations featuring work by hundreds of local and regional artists. Join Mayor Lucy Vinis at 6:30 p.m. in the Hult Center Plaza to celebrate the official kickoff with a toast to the arts.

Happenings from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.:

Live Entertainment at Hult Center Plaza

Eugene Biennial at Karin Clarke Gallery. Wine and cake being served.

BRIDGE Exhibition at Hult Center Plaza. Refreshments, cash bar and live music.

Mayor's Art Show at Maurie Jacobs Community Room at the Hult Center. Refreshments and cash bar.

Salon des Refusés at New Zone Gallery. Food, beverages and music.

Eugene Biennial

July 25 – August 25, 2018 • Gallery hours: 12-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday

Karin Clarke Gallery

Biennials have been popular cornerstones of arts communities since the Venice Biennial was first held in 1895. The Eugene Biennial celebrates the exceptional artwork of thirty regional artists. This juried show is held every other year in the Karin Clark Gallery.

Eugene Biennial information

BRIDGE Exhibitions

July 27 – August 3, 2018

Hult Center Plaza to Willamette & 8th Ave.

These innovative exhibitions offer contemporary art experiences that explore the social, personal, political and ecological issues of the times. Artists and arts organizations engage in conversations to place locally generated contemporary art in the public eye.

BRIDGE Exhibitions information

Mayor’s Art Show

July 27 – August 25, 2018 • Gallery hours: 12-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday & during Hult Center show times

Maurie Jacobs Community Room at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Championing the visual arts and celebrating the artists that live, work and play in Eugene, this juried exhibition recognizes the accomplishments of artists who enrich our community through the creation of visual art. The show seeks to cultivate diversity, equity and access to the visual arts and artists. Enjoy the work of nearly 50 local artists.

Mayor's Art Show information

Salon des Refusés

July 27 – August 25, 2018 • Gallery hours: 12-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday

New Zone Gallery

A celebration of the artworks not selected for the Mayor’s Art Show. The term most famously refers to the Paris Salon des Refusés of 1863. New Zone Gallery hosts this important part of the juried Mayor’s Art Show featuring more than 80 pieces of art.

Sunday Streets & EUG Parade

July 29, 2018

Parade • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sunday Streets • 12-4 p.m.

Downtown Eugene

It’s the City of Eugene’s largest event! Enjoy live music, vendors, free bike helmets, bike tune-ups, free fitness classes, yoga classes and so much more all in our City’s largest open space - the streets.

Sunday Streets information

20x21 presents Eugene Walls

July 28 – August 3, 2018

Mural magic returns! Eugene Walls, presented by the 20x21 EUG Mural Project, is a week-long event featuring international artists H11235 (Nepal), Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico), AIKO (Japan/USA), Martha Cooper (USA), WK Interact (France/USA), Shamsia Hassani (Afghanistan) and local artist Bayne Gardner. Stay tuned for a map of wall locations and come watch the artists create.

20x21 information

20x21 Artists Reception

August 1, 2018 • 6-8:30 p.m.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Meet 2018 Eugene Walls artists at this family-friendly event. Also enjoy art activities with 20x21EUG partners Imagination International, Forrest Paint, and the JSMA. Afterwards, stay for the Outdoor Family Film, "Coco".

Artist Reception information

Mural Bike Tours

August 1 & August 2, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.

Meet at Kesey Square bike share station

Space is limited; registration required

Tour Eugene's newest murals in progress by bike! Bike share members are invited for a free, exclusive guided tour with PeaceHealth Rides. The casual ride route will include multiple stops along the way highlighting fun facts about the murals and artists.

Party on the Plaza: Northstar Dance Company

Thursday, August 2, 2018 • 5:30–6:15 p.m.

Hult Center Plaza

An inter-tribal/contemporary crossover performance of Native story, song, music and dance with the community.


August 2, 2018 • 6-9 p.m.

Hult Center for the Performing Arts

6:15 p.m.: BRIDGE performance and cash bar, Lobby

7-9 p.m.: Awards ceremony, Soreng Theater

This variety and talk show will highlight accomplishments in the visual arts and celebrate local and regional artists. Join us for the announcement of awards from the Mayor’s Art Show and Eugene Biennial, and for interviews with jurors, curators and Mayor Lucy Vinis. Hosted by Vicki Amorose.

First Friday ArtWalk

August 3, 2018 • 5:30-8 p.m.


Lane Arts Council's First Friday ArtWalk features highlights of the Downtown Visual Arts Festival.  Hosted by City of Eugene Cultural Services Director Isaac Marquez and Lane Arts Council Executive Director Liora Sponko, the tour starts at the Mayor's Art Show in the Maurie Jacobs Community Room, followed by stops featuring BRIDGE installations, the Eugene Biennial at Karin Clarke Gallery, work from the 20x21EUG Mural Project, and concluding at the Salon de Refusés at The New Zone Gallery.