2019 Exhibition Schedule

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.


Two Voices and Duets

Jan. 11 – Feb. 16, 2019    

Two Voices and Duets, an exhibition of art by W.E. “Bill” Shumway and Leslie Green, will be featured at Benton County Museum. When two innovative painters work together on the same canvas something special happens.  Boundaries are pushed open and new territory is explored.  In this exhibit individual male and female interpretations of nature transcend separateness and become a duet - a new kind of joy.

Falling Trees and Sap in Their Veins

Feb. 22 – April 6, 2019

David Paul Bayles’ traveling photography exhibition Falling Trees and Sap in Their Veins will start its tour with an exhibition at Benton County Museum.  Please join us for a free opening reception on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5-6:30pm and a closing lecture on Saturday April 6 at 2pm.

Bayles began photographing loggers – and recording their oral histories – in 1987, at the height of what has been referred to as the Spotted Owl War. “I was tired of seeing how the loggers, the guys on the ground, were getting bashed by the media,” he says. “I wanted to present them as real people, as fathers and husbands, doing honest, dangerous work.”  Falling Trees and Sap in Their Veins is particularly appropriate for Benton County Museum, which is located in a West coast timber community.  Bayles’ photography depicts a forested landscape in transition and, through honest portraits and oral histories, presents another side of the complex story of logging. 


Art: the 4th ‘R’

April 12 – May 4, 2019   

This annual exhibition has been held in the elegant museum auditorium for over thirty years showcasing recent artwork by Philomath School district students K-12, including Blodgett Elementary and Kings Valley Charter School.  


The Land Remembers

May 10 – June 15, 2019

The Land Remembers is a series of black-and-white infrared photographs by Richard Bergeman which are inspired by events that took place during Oregon's Rogue River Wars of 1851-56.


This Old House

June 21 – August 3, 2019

An architecture-themed exhibition from the museum collection that ties in with architecture & archeology Family Day at the Museum event



SAQA-Valley South

August 9 – Sept 21, 2019

“Boundaries” is an exhibition of art quilts by the artists in SAQA-Valley South. The exhibition coincides with the county-wide Quilt County event. SAQA-Valley South (an Oregon chapter of the international Studio Art Quilt Association) represents artists located in the Willamette Valley from Salem to just south of Roseburg and to the Oregon Coast from Newport to Coos Bay.


Philomath Open Studios

Sept. 27 – Nov. 9, 2019

A group exhibition in conjuction with the annual Philomath Open Studios Tour, featuring Philomath-area artists and their guests

Rip Cronk Retrospective

Nov. 15, 2019 – Jan. 11, 2020

Retrospective art exhibition representing the career of artist and muralist Rip Cronk