We believe providing exposure to the art, artisans, literature, poets, and authors of our community will enhance the greater community’s knowledge, understanding and interest in art and literature, which are important and significant components of our culture. Our program consists of a diverse schedule of events including an art gallery for approximately 100 pieces of art, art demonstrations and educational workshops, music presentations, author and poet readings, school days for community children of elementary and high school age, and more. All events are free and open to the public.
Art exhibits are held in the George R. White Library and Learning Center. These exhibitions provide an opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work and participate in an artist reception attended by our campus community and the greater Portland community. Art exhibits last for a period of approximately six weeks. During this time some artists are also invited to teach or present information about their art in a forum open to students, faculty, staff and community members.
Author and poet readings are sometimes in conjunction with academic offerings. Regardless of whether or not a presentation is made to our students, each author or poet presents a program for the public. As is the case with our guest artists, most of our presenters are local.
As a result of a generous donation from Joy Rich, we will soon be offering a traveling exhibit of Berta and Elmer Hader art and artifacts to educational institutions and/or organizations. This prolific husband and wife team represent a significant contribution of art and literature in American culture. They were not only Caldecott winners, but also very talented artists.
Other events include offering gallery space to organizations such as Red Lodge Transition Services for art exhibit fund raising; our gallery space is made available at no cost. During the year we hold “School Day” events which take place in conjunction with art exhibits. For example, in March 2014 we hosted five schools (over 200 children) for a “School Day” to Honor Our Native American Art. Children had the opportunity to participate in several hands-on demonstrations by Native Americans, listen to Native American story-telling and view an extensive art exhibit. We believe each child ended their day with a much better understanding of the diverse culture in which they live.
Concordia University has an extensive commitment to its community providing a challenging and supportive learning environment, respecting diversity, and integrating faith into every aspect of learning, service and life. The Art & Culture Libraries’ Program is committed to supporting this University mission and honored to be able to provide art and culture opportunities to the greater Portland community.