Works created by students and faculty at Oregon State University in response to the natural world will be on display at the Newport Visual Arts Center throughout November.

The “Coast|Lines” exhibit opens this Friday, Nov. 2, with a public reception from 5 to 7 pm, including a talk from OSU representatives at 5:45 pm.

The multimedia exhibition includes works generated through the Creative Coast Studio Art course and the Photographic Field Studies course offered at Oregon State University and the Hatfield Marine Science Center. More than 24 OSU faculty and students are contributing works, including studio art, photography and video, digital installation, writing and sound.

During the summer of 2018, OSU offered courses focusing on students’ relationship to the ocean, the coastline and current issues that threaten the fragile ecosystem. Immersive, intensive and multi-day studio art classes were held at the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the surrounding Central Oregon Coast. The students learned about and explored the unique ecosystems consisting of rocky intertidal zones and old grown forests, while also considering the history of human interaction with the landscape. Their goal — to create artwork informed by these immediate site-based interactions.

“At OSU, we believe our connections to the landscapes and the people of Oregon define our experiences as teachers, students and citizens,” said Charles Robinson of OSU’s University Outreach & Engagement Department. “In our studies and practices, we strive to take ourselves out of the campus and studio and into the landscape and collaboration with Oregonians.”

The exhibit, hosted by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, will run through Sunday, Nov. 25, in the Runyan Gallery and the Media Room at 777 NW Beach Drive.

The Runyan Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm, with the Media Room open from noon to 4 pm on the same days.

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