The Art Gym at Marylhurst University is nationally recognized as being at the forefront of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Since 1980, our ambitious exhibitions by emerging and established artists have created the standard for culturally significant art in our region. Our mission is to educate and inspire our visitors by connecting them with the larger contemporary art conversation 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 diverse exhibitions and projects produced for the Art Gym provide a context for the region’s art as well as each individual’s art practice. Examples include: large scale projects, the production of new bodies of work, group exhibitions that broaden and deepen connections for regional artists, and the presentation of work in a retrospective of an accomplished artist.
Art Gym catalogs continue to be one of the greatest historical records of contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest, contributing to the discourse on contemporary art and representing the region. This creates a body of knowledge that can be accessed by scholars, students, and the public. In addition to producing printed catalogs for each exhibition and project, our website includes free downloads of all publications. The Art Gym is committed to making knowledge accessible and connecting artists and community. We host public receptions, lectures, forums and tours to create a platform for viewers to engage in discussions of contemporary art led by professional artists, curators and critics.
Jack Ryan, work in process: 30,000-year-old wholly mammoth tooth, transducers, various objects, 2017 Info >