2021 Schedule of Exhibitions

Black in Oregon: 1840 - 1870

Feb. 17, 2021 - April 17, 2021

Black in Oregon: 1840 – 1870 is an exhibition hosted at the Philomath Museum, currently scheduled to be available until April 17, 2021, thanks to the City of Philomath’s Inclusivity Ad Hoc Committee and generous underwriters Cecily Feudo and Janet Nishihara. Black in Oregon was originally created for display at the Oregon State Archives Building and highlights the lives of black pioneers who came to Oregon between 1840 and 1870. This incarnation of the exhibition features artifacts and photos from the Benton County Historical Society collection, some of which have never been publicly displayed.


No Shrinking Violets     

Jan. 15 - April 10, 2021

Purple is passionate, opulent, over-the-top, regal, assertive, luxurious, mysterious, expensive, and fantastical.  It's the color of women's suffrage, Roman emperors, noble sacrifice in battle, as well as the color of princes and wizards.  The artists of High Fiber Diet (fiber and fabric artists of NW Oregon and SW Washington) have created "No Shrinking Violets" to speak their passions with a prevalent color of purple.


Here Comes the Sun

April 16 - May 29, 2021

The Corvallis Art Guild presents an exhibition titled Here Comes the Sun. Artists participating in “Here Comes The Sun” include Dominique Bachelet, Aurae Beidler, Cherrill Boissonou, Brynn Carter, Philip Coleman, Linda J. Edwards, Brian Egan, Carol Fairbanks, Debi Friedlander, Jennifer Griffith, Kristin Hager, Chinh T. Le, Randye Jensen, Phyllis Johnson, Marjorie Kinch, Karen Kreamer, Steve Leishman, Kate McGee, June Nissinen, Janet O'Doherty-Hessel, Maria Orr, Cheryl Rogers, Judith Sander, Peggy Sharrow, Helen Snook, Debby Sundbaum-Sommers, Donna Webster and Shirley Wirth.


Walk, Ride & Roll

April 21, 2021 - Nov. 13, 2021

“Walk, Ride & Roll” is a transportation-themed exhibition at the Philomath Museum. (First Floor Gallery)



June 4 -  Sept. 4, 2021

The Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild (PAG) presents Quartets , an exhibition of 17 portfolios of four images each reflecting a wide range of subject matter and photographic techniques. They were selected from 88 portfolios (344 individual photographs) submitted by PAG members.


MRQG: Their Quilts Live On

Sept. 10 - Oct. 16, 2021

An exhibition of quilts created by members of Marys River Quilt Guild who have passed away but were an intricate part of the Guild.


Mark Allison

Oct. 22 - Nov. 27, 2021

Mark Allison
Artist • Designer • Teacher
Selected works circa 1991 - 2021
Plus samples of work by his award-winning students:
Sarika Kumar and Paris Myers


Picturing Women Inventors

Nov. 19, 2021-May 7, 2022

“Picturing Women Inventors” is a Smithsonian poster exhibition that showcases the breakthroughs, motivations, and challenges nineteen women encountered while pursuing their goals as inventors. We have added another twenty-one American women inventors with artifacts from the BCHS collection to represent their stories.


POSTponed. Again!

Dec. 3, 2021 - Jan. 22, 2022

Philomath Open Studios Tour (POST) is a longstanding Benton County tradition. Due to the pandemic the live, in-studio, tours were cancelled in 2020 and 2021. At the museum, however, we are open and exhibiting the works of artists who regularly participate in POST to celebrate their resiliency and creative spirit.