2018 Exhibition Schedule

Things Come Apart

Oct. 28, 2017-Jan. 20, 2018

"Things Come Apart" is a traveling exhibition produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects and fascinating videos, Things Come Apart reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions. Images of dozens of objects explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time.

As a visual investigation of design and engineering, Things Come Apart also celebrates classic examples of industrial design like the sewing machine, the mechanical pencil, and the telescope. Additionally, the exhibition explores ideas about reuse, repair, and recycling.

Learn more about it at https://www.sites.si.edu/s/topic/0TO36000000L5MtGAK/things-come-apart



Jan. 26 – March 3, 2018  

Ted Chapman (1929 - 2017) and Ted Porter (1908 - 2004) were Oregon woodworkers who devoted much of their retirement years to mastering their arts. Both Chapman and Porter occasionally gave away pieces of their art to family or friends, but most of their bodies of work remained as intact collections. Porter donated his collection to the Horner Museum in 1986. While the Benton County Historical Society owns one piece of Chapman’s work, most of the pieces exhibited are on loan from Chapman’s family.

Photos of the artwork are available in a print-on-demand catalog at http://www.blurb.com/b/8165145-ted (not all pieces are represented in the catalog).


Circa 1920: Roaring Into The Modern Age

Opened Feb. 9, 2018

“Circa 1920: Roaring into the Modern Age” is a 2018 exhibition at Benton County Museum, in Philomath, Oregon. The exhibition provides an opportunity to reflect on the similarities and differences of life in America 100 years ago as illustrated through the objects in our museum collections.


Beyond Words

March 9 – April 14, 2018

Beyond Words is an exhibition built through collaboration and the creative response of visual artists and musicians to the poetry collection “First Draft: Erratic Musings of a Wanna-be Poet” by Terri Thomas.


36th Annual “Art the 4th ‘R’”

April 20 – May 19, 2018

The 36th Annual “Art the 4th ‘R’” exhibition will showcase recent artwork by Philomath School district students K-12.


Clay and Canvas: A 50-year retropective by Leslie Green

May 25 – July 7, 2018 

Bears, horses, elephants, wolves, trees, cave art, and landscapes, all inhabit Leslie Green’s body of work over the past 50 years.  Beginning with pottery, and ceramic sculpture, then to her present organic, tree-inspired paintings, she explores the human/nature connection in various abstract ways.  Nature informs her always evolving creative process. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, June 1 from 5-7pm in the Moreland Auditorium at Benton County Museum.


Fresh! Corvallis Art Guild

July 13 – August 18, 2018

Members of the Corvallis Art Guild will share artwork “Fresh!” from their studios. Fresh refers in part to work not previously displayed in the Corvallis area. Other definitions and depictions of “fresh” are encouraged, but not required. Perhaps we’ll see fresh fruit, fresh flowers, fresh faces, fresh ideas, or freshly mown! Come be refreshed!


Artists and Friends

August 23 – Sept. 29, 2018

Six Benton County frirends who share lunch every week will present a group art exhibition featuring Lee Kitzman, Earl Newman, Rip Cronk, Vince Zettler, Bill Siebler and Ken Haines.


Painting Oregon’s Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggendorfer

Oct. 5 – Dec. 29, 2018

“For the past several years I've traveled the state visiting farms, fisheries, orchards, vineyards, and ranches, documenting through an artist’s eye what makes Oregon such a special place for food production. The result is a stunning bounty of watercolor paintings so vivid that they will make your mouth water. Making its Portland debut, 'Painting Oregon’s Harvest' reminds us all of agriculture’s historic role in Oregon’s past, present, and future.” – Kathy Deggendorfer

Watch a video about her inspiration for the show at https://www.kathydeggendorfer.com/pages/painting-oregons-harvest

Loan from Oregon’s High Desert Museum.