The Art Gym at Marylhurst University


17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)

Important Venue Notes

Admission Free to the public. Parking is free. The gallery is located on the third floor of the central building on campus - BP John, on the south side of the building.



About The Art Gym Since 1980, The Art Gym has been recognized as a venue exhibiting some of the most significant and timely art of this region. The mission of the gallery is to increase public understanding of contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest through exhibitions, artists’ projects, publications, and public engagement. The Art Gym is a non-collecting, non-commercial gallery that supports artists in creating ambitious and risk-taking projects at various stages in their careers. As an art space working within an academic venue we are committed to providing artistic and intellectual freedom. The Art Gym catalogues continue to be one of the greatest records of the contemporary art history of the Pacific Northwest, contributing to the discourse on contemporary art and representing the region. We are dedicated to making knowledge accessible and connecting artists and community.

Future Events

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Past Events

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
Video artist Julia Oldham will share tales of her recent explorations of the swamps and sloughs of South Florida as part of Artists in Residence in the Everglades. She will also talk about her childhood obsession with ghost stories and graveyards.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 4pm
The Art Gym will present Michelle Ross in a solo exhibition of her work from October 11, 2016 through December 9, 2016. Ross received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, and her MFA from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, at such institutions as Sheppard Contemporary Gallery (University of Nevada, Reno); Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon); and Rome International University (Rome, Italy). Ross has received numerous grants, awards, and fellowships, including a Hallie Ford Fellowship (Oregon), a MacDowell Fellowship (New Hampshire), a Portland Art Museum Contemporary Northwest Art Award (Oregon), and an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. She also has been short-listed for the Seattle Art Museum's Betty Bowen Award (Washington). She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome (Rome, Italy) and has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (Vermont), the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (Venice, Italy), and Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts (Oregon), where she was a recipient of the Ford Family Foundation's Golden Spot Award. Her work is held by a number of collections, including the Rhode Island School of Design Special Collections (Providence, Rhode Island), Willamette University (Salem, Oregon), and the Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon). Ross is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery. An exhibition catalogue, designed by Heather Watkins, will include essays written by Abby McGehee, Stephanie Synder, and Sue Taylor.