Cultural Hub

Marylhurst: A Cultural Hub

Art, music and culture are the lifeblood of an applied liberal arts education. Through the arts, we’re exposed to new ideas and perspectives – an essential ingredient in developing critical thinkers. We have a long and rich history of embracing the arts at Marylhurst University.

The Art Gym

The Art Gym is one of the premier galleries in the Pacific Northwest. Its name comes from its former use – Marylhurst students once played basketball in this gymnasium space – but since 1980, The Art Gym has showcased prominent artists from the Northwest and beyond. The Art Gym was awarded the Governor’s Arts Award in 2005, in recognition of its dedication to the advancement of the arts in Oregon and extent of reputation in the county, state and nation. The Art Gym has been reviewed in national and regional publications including Art in America, Artforum, Sculpture Magazine, Artweek, The Oregonian, Portland Mercury, PORT and Oregon Arts Watch.

>> More about The Art Gym and upcoming exhibitions

Visual Arts on Campus

Visual arts are on display all over campus. Most notable are the outdoor installations by such noted sculptors as M.J. Anderson, Mel Katz, Lee Kelly and Michihiro Kosuge. Mayer Gallery in the Mayer Art Building features works by students and alumni in the B.A. in Art and B.F.A. in Art programs. Streff Gallery, located in Shoen Library, features works by community members, students, alumni and faculty, including an annual show featuring our M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling students and faculty.

>> More about Art at Marylhurst and upcoming events

Premier Music Programs

Music programming features our internationally award-winning Marylhurst Chamber Choir, the Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble, and the Marylhurst Jazz Ensemble. Every year we welcome world-renowned artists to our campus, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and distinguished composers Morten Lauridsen and Gwyneth Walker. The Marylhurst Chamber Choir performed at Carnegie Hall in 2015 and the following year, won third prize in the Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland.

>> More about Music at Marylhurst and upcoming performances

Summer on the Green

Each summer, we invite the Portland metro community to come and enjoy free outdoor summer concerts on our beautiful campus each Friday evening. Concerts are open to all ages and feature high-caliber, entertaining bands and musicians like Nu Shooz, Pepe and the Bottle Blonds, Quarterflash, 3 Leg Torso, and others.

>> Check out this year’s Summer on the Green lineup

World-Class Reading Series

Our Marylhurst Reading Series was inaugurated in 2010. The series offers readings and author events, free of charge, featuring emerging and acclaimed writers and thinkers. Past visiting authors include Darcie Dennigan, Matthew Dickman, Brian Doyle, Dorothea Lasky, Sarah Manguso and Karen Russell.

>>  More about the Marylhurst Reading Series and other upcoming literary events

Belluschi Pavilion: An Architectural Gem

A permanent fixture on campus is the Belluschi Pavilion. The architectural gem designed by Pietro Belluschi, a leader of the mid-century modern style, is a small house built in the 1950s for the Griffith family of Lake Oswego. This pre-cursor to the tiny house movement was saved from demolition and reconstructed on the Marylhurst campus in 2013. The Belluschi Pavilion serves as a lasting tribute to the architect and as an educational venue for diverse exhibitions and events.

>> Learn about renting the Belluschi Pavilion for your next event

Community Partners

Working alongside our community partners, we are able to create synergies leading to exhibitions and events of the highest caliber. Our partners include the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, Clackamas County Arts Alliance, and organizers of stellar arts events including the annual Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit and Portland Classic Guitar series.

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