Exhibits can also be viewed online at artcentereast.org thanks to a partnership with John J. Howard Real Estate.

Art Center East galleries are open to the public and admission is always free.

The Art Center East Main Gallery is the an international fine art exhibit space in Union County. It is a community-supported gallery, funded by Art Center East memberships and private donors. Exhibiting artists of all mediums are juried by the Gallery Committee in order to show their work in the Main Gallery. Exhibits typically run for 2 months.

The Main Gallery also hosts a selection of annual group exhibits, including:

  • The Big: ACE Annual Open Exhibit
  • Eastern Oregon University’s Junior (art majors and minors) Exhibit

All exhibits are free and open to the public.


Gallery hours:

Wednesday-Friday noon - 5 pm & Saturday 10 am - 2 pm

Art Center East (ACE) presents “Inside, Outside, Inbetween,” an exhibit of works by fiber and mixed media artist Dawn Norman. Community members of all ages are invited to attend a free opening reception on Friday, February 3 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Norman will give an artist talk about her work beginning at 7:00 pm that evening. The exhibit is on display in ACE’s Main Gallery February 3 - March 25, 2023.


Norman, a Wallowa County-based artist, created a body of work including soft sculpture and mixed media painting that is light and fun with a hint of catastrophe. She says, “Humor is an important element in my work. The official title of the exhibit is, ‘Inside, Outside, Inbetween,’ but my internal dialogue while making the work is something closer to ‘Hope and Humor in the Anthropocene.’ My goal is not to be depressing, but to manage my anxiety about the apparent impending doom of our ecosystem and social fabric with a balance of humor, hope and fear.”


The public is invited to attend the free “Inside, Outside, Inbetween” closing reception on Friday, March 24 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

ABOUT THE artist: Dawn earned her BS in Art along with minors in Anthropology and Gender Studies from Eastern Oregon University. After showing her artwork for a number of years and starting a family Dawn returned to school and earned an MFA in Painting and Sculpture from Washington State University.

Dawn has shown her artwork throughout the Pacific Northwest for two decades receiving many awards. In 2013 she received a Fellowship to attend a workshop with internationally recognized artist Craig Drennen at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village,  Colorado.


As well as showing work in numerous art exhibitions, Dawn has years of experience working in an academic art setting. Dawn has been a studio assistant, teaching assistant, art instructor, and has held multiple gallery positions. She is currently the Exhibits Director at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph Oregon and hopes to help further their mission to celebrate, promote, and inspire arts and culture for all.


Dawn says, "My work is materially flexible. I move between sculpture, installation, and painting. My concepts are fluid and change throughout the making of each piece. I pick a moment and build around it. An image, object, or idea draws my attention, and through the process of making it, I hope to learn its significance. This involves a period of undirected organic thought letting the idea ruminate and change while making new associations. Finished work is a conglomerate of different ideas and experiences, an outlet for that which doesn’t always progress in a logical fashion.

I am currently trying to find a balance point in my life between anxiety, hope, and humor. There are so many social and ecological threats looming over us. I don’t want to brush them under the rug, but I also want to maintain some amount of hope, joy, and good humor."

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