EOU students display artwork at the Cook Memorial Library


February 18—LA GRANDE—Eastern Oregon University and Cook Memorial Library, La Grande, are collaborating to bring student artwork to the public.

The library installed the university’s fourth annual student art exhibit in early February, featuring pieces from the school’s art program. The exhibition will remain on display at the library until March 29.

“It’s great for students in the art program to have an audience that is more than their peers,” said Susan Murrell, associate professor of art at Eastern Oregon University.

The collection includes 12 works of art by 10 students from Eastern’s art program. The artwork comes from two classes, painting and screen printing.

Art student Corrina Stadler, whose work is included in the exhibition, helped organize the event. Murrell noted that part of exhibiting art is learning the ins and outs of putting together an exhibit.

According to Murrell, the winter months are chosen to exhibit the artwork because it functions as a bridge between the terms. The art exhibit, which was set up in the library by Teen Services Librarian Celine Vandervlugt, serves as a showcase for student work from the previous term.

“We jumped at the chance to work with Celine,” Murrell said. “It’s beneficial for us to have local art exhibits in our community.”

Art classes combine a mix of experience levels, from beginners to more accomplished. Murrell said the screen printing course combines elements of drawing and photography as well as the use of image editing software. The program generally sees a mix of art majors and non-arts majors.

“I think it’s very accessible to a wide variety of skills and interests,” she said. “It’s a good course for students who may not have a strong background in drawing.”

The work is on display in the main lobby of the Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth St.

Murrell noted that the EOU student art exhibit at the library accomplishes two things.

“It’s good for (art students) to have a more general audience,” she said, “and it allows the community to see what’s going on in the art curriculum.”


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