Visual Arts Week

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Visual Arts Week

August 2-9, 2019

Visual Arts Week (VAW) celebrates the visual arts by bringing together hundreds of local, regional, national and international artists through multiple visual platforms: gallery, contemporary and street art. Our vision is to celebrate and give visibility to the visual arts community by providing a platform for experimentation, creativity, and dialogue that strengthens our community’s quality of life and social well-being.

Visual Arts Week features new 20x21 EUG Mural Project walls (painted July 27 - August 3), the Mayor’s Art Show, BRIDGE Exhibition, pop-up experiences, artist talks, workshops, studio tours and local gallery experiences.

Calendar of Events

  1. Events
  2. Pop-Ups
  3. Workshops
  4. Artist Talks

First Friday ArtWalk

Friday, August 2 • 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Starts at FOOD for Lane County Dining Room, 270 W. 8th Ave.

Presented by Lane Arts Council

The First Friday ArtWalk kicks off Visual Arts Week, highlighting the Mayor’s Art Show, BRIDGE Exhibitions and more. Follow along with the guided tour to hear from featured artists or explore the many participating galleries and venues on your own. Full details at

Mayor's Art Show

August 2-31

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday • 12-5 p.m., Saturdays • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Also open one hour prior to and during Hult Center shows

Maurie Jacobs Community Room at Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Opening Reception: August 2 at 5:30-7:30 p.m., with appetizers by Falling Sky, a wine bar and opportunity to meet local artists and creatives.

The Mayor’s Art Show is part of a larger celebration of contemporary visual art, artists and the City’s public spaces. Art is shared interaction, cultural exchange, and lodges in the very heart of what makes us grateful to live here. Art speaks to everyone. 

Salon des Refusés

August 2-30

Gallery hours: open 7 days a week • 12-6 p.m.

New Zone Gallery, 22 W 7th Ave.

Presented by New Zone Gallery and City of Eugene Cultural Services

Opening reception: Friday, August 2 at 5:30 p.m. with music, food and beverages

Closing reception for the Visual Arts Week: Friday, August 9 at 5:30 p.m.

In the spirit of celebrating the visual arts and artists, those who are not selected by the jury for the Mayor’s Art Show will have the opportunity to participate in the Salon des Refusés, extending exhibition opportunities to artists and furthering the arts in our community. Questions? Contact Steve La Riccia of New Zone Gallery

BRIDGE Exhibitions

August 2–September 4

5th Street Market Area

Presented by City of Eugene Cultural Services & BRIDGE Exhibitions

BRIDGE Exhibitions creates accessible contemporary art that engages Eugene’s public and private spaces in innovative ways. These works highlight artists and arts organizations that creatively contribute to the current discourse in our community and beyond. Visit for more information.

Eugene Biennial Award Winners - One Year Later

Friday, August 2 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Karin Clarke Gallery presents a group show giving the winners of last year’s Eugene Biennial an opportunity to exhibit more of their recent work. 

Pacific Pub Cycle "Inspire and Refresh" Mural and Libation Tours

Learn the inside scoop on downtown 20x21 murals and artists from a seasoned guide and enjoy three refreshing libation stops. We steer and you peddle on the unique and colorful 14-person Pacific Pub Cycle! $35 per person (drinks not included), 18 years old and older. Reserve your seat at

Monday, August 5 • 5–7 p.m.

Start at Kesey Square

Stop #1: Perugino’s

Stop #2: Murals - Matt Small and Blek Le Rat

Stop #3: The Barn Light

Stop #4: Murals - Acidum Project and Telmo Miel

Stop #5: First National Tap House

Wednesday, August 7 • 5–7 p.m.

Start at Falling Sky Brewing

Stop #1: Mural – Hush

Stop #2: Civic Winery and Wines

Stop #3: Murals - Beau Stanton, Hyuro, JAZ & Dan Witz

Stop #4: Claim 52 Kitchen

Stop #5: Murals - Bayne Gardner and WK Interact

Stop #6: Return to Falling Sky

PeaceHealth Rides Mural Tours

Tour downtown 20x21 murals by bike! PeaceHealth Rides members are invited for an exclusive guided tour on bike share. The casual ride route will include multiple stops along the way highlighting fun facts about murals and artists. Limited to 25 riders. Stay tuned for registration information.

Tuesday, August 6 •  12 p.m.

Meet at Kesey Square

Wednesday, August 7 •  6 p.m.

Meet at Kesey Square

End @ Drawn for BoFo Live Sessions: Art+Built Spaces event

Thank you to our partners for making Visual Arts Week possible.

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Contact Us

  1. Cultural Services Community Programs

    One Eugene Center
    Eugene, OR 97401

    Kate Ali

    Public Art Manager
    Ph: 541-682-6314