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Umpqua Valley Arts Center: 'Conditions of Possibility'

Gallery Tour: Umpqua Vally Arts Center

This month, the Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg is presenting a different kind of exhibit in their Red Gallery. Conditions of Possibility is a new multimedia show that organizers hope will start a dialogue about art and its role in the community.

For the first time, they’ve invited a guest curator, Renee Couture, to put together a show and have given her free reign to develop the theme, select artists and work with a non-traditional and conceptual bent.

The show, which runs through the end of October, features the work of eight local and national artists using photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and multimedia to explore notions of possibility.

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Conditions of Possibility at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center

  • In the Red Gallery
  • 1624 W. Harvard Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon
  • Exhibit runs through October 26, 2012
  • Visit website

Couture took the mandate to stretch boundaries seriously, selecting pieces she hoped would slow down the viewing process and encourage viewers to engage more deeply with the work. She says she wanted to bring in artists who work in a variety of media and use different methods. She also wanted to try a few things that had never been done in the gallery before, including audio- and video-based pieces.

“I’m interested in presenting work where the viewer becomes part of the dialogue,” says Couture, “where there is openness for questioning the work.”

Oregon Art Beat producer Mike Midlo visited the Umpqua Valley Arts Center while working on a story about Couture for an upcoming episode. He asked the artist to give a quick tour of the exhibit.

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