About the Gallery
The Jacobs Gallery has served as the cultural anchor of downtown’s art district since it first opened in 1987. Whether you are on a First Friday ArtWalk, meeting friends for lunch, or showing visitors the sights of Eugene, a stop at the Jacobs Gallery can lift your spirits and enliven your mind with its showcase of fresh ideas and original vision. The non-profit Jacobs Gallery is a destination for area artists and art lovers. Located downtown in Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the Jacobs Gallery offers a year-round schedule of art exhibits. It also hosts the annual Mayor’s Art Show – an exciting and prestigious celebration of Lane County artists that is a highlight of the Eugene Celebration.
Finding Your Spotlight at the Jacobs Gallery
The Jacobs Gallery has an on-going Call for Proposal. Entry information can be found on the Call for Proposal page. An Exhibition Committee selects and solicits both solo and group shows, for a 1-year schedule. Of the seven exhibits scheduled each year, one is the Mayor’s Art Show. If an artist is a Lane County resident, 18 years or older, they can submit a digital image of one piece of art, completed in the past year. An entry form and information can be found online. The Mayor’s Art Show experience has become a rite of passage for Lane County artists, new and seasoned pros alike.
A Never-Ending Discovery
A cadre of dedicated staff and volunteers works hard to keep the Jacobs Gallery humming. The Artistic Director facilitates the behind-the-scenes business, from distributing information and press releases, to taking care of details for upcoming shows. The Gallery Designer works with a crew of skilled volunteers to arrange and hang each month’s show. The Gallery Guides volunteer their time to serve as gallery hosts, forging the public’s relationship with the Jacobs Gallery on a daily basis. The Guides spend four hours per shift in the Gallery, and enjoy the benefits of spending extended time in a place of art.
If you’d like to help celebrate the high quality and diversity of work and artists that the Jacobs Gallery showcases, consider offering your time as a volunteer Gallery Guide, a Mayor’s Art Show helper, or Exhibition Installation volunteer.
The Jacobs Gallery’s exhibiting artists range from new talents to established treasures from Lane County and beyond. Our education and outreach programs, including the Artists’ Insight Talks that accompany most shows, offer the community a glimpse into the creative process of an artist. The Jacobs Gallery encourages its artists to connect with the many visitors of the Gallery, and provides various opportunities to make that happen. Hearing artists discuss their creative methods and motivations expands the community’s understanding of art. A greater understanding of art often brings a greater capacity for reflection and inspiration, and can open eyes and minds to new possibilities and ways of seeing.
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