Artist Highlights

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Learn about upcoming public art projects, local artist highlights, Individual Artist Grant recipients and future artist opportunities!

Michael Boonstra Willamette River Contours

First Friday Artist Highlight: Michael Boonstra

Friday, August 5 • 6:30 p.m. | Free

Farmers Market Pavilion, 85 E. 8th Ave.

Presented by Lane Arts Council

Artist Michael Boonstra speaks about the creation of Willamette River Contours, a new public art piece recently installed in the brand-new Farmers Market Pavilion. Join us to learn more about the initial call and design, how the art changed over time and the installation of the final work.


About the artist: Michael Boonstra is a visual artist based in Eugene, Oregon. His creative practice shifts between drawing, photography, installation, and sculpture. He is a founding member of Gray Space, a group of Oregon artists based in the Corvallis, Eugene, and Roseburg areas who came together in 2016 to develop site-based projects that foster connections between artists, places, histories, and communities. Boonstra’s work is included in the collections of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Oregon State Treasury, PacificSource, Oregon State University, the City of Portland, and Umpqua Community College. He has been an artist in residence at Playa, Djerassi, Caldera, Pine Meadow Ranch, and the Kesey Farm. Boonstra received his BFA from the University of Michigan and his MFA from the University of Oregon. He currently teaches at Oregon State University.


Muralists that will be at the Muralist Talk

Muralist Meet and Greet

Wednesday, August 10 • 5:30-7 p.m. | Free

Location: WildCraft Cider Works, 232 Lincoln Street (upstairs)

Presented by Lane Arts Council

Meet some of Eugene’s prolific muralists, including Esteban Camacho Steffensen, Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, Kari Johnson and Ila Rose. Learn about the artists’ methods and engage in discussions about some of their iconic public art projects. 

Photo: Jessilyn Brinkerhoff (top left), Ila Rose (top right), Esteban Camacho Steffensen (bottom left), Kari Johnson (bottom right).

Muralist partners Wildcraft Cider and Oregon Cultural Trust logos

This free event is presented by Lane Arts Council and sponsored by WildCraft Cider Works and Oregon Cultural Trust.


Lane Arts Council live stream happy hour

Live Stream Happy Hour

Tune in throughout July and August for livestream happy hours to learn more about Lane Arts Council's 2021-2022 Artist Grant recipients. 
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Social Media Highlights

Stay tuned to Lane Arts Council’s social media for highlights featuring unique visual artists in our community, every day during Visual Arts Week (August 5-12).  Follow on Facebook or Instagram @laneartscouncil.


Artist Opportunities

Lane Arts Council proudly introduced the Artist Grant in 2020 with funding from the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division and individual donors. This Artist Grant provides financial support to individual artists to proceed with a new project or creative endeavor that promises to advance their career or artistic development.


Visit our Artist Opportunities page for more local and national artist opportunities.