Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art

Located at the heart of Pacific University, the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art is integrated into the southeast corner of the Harvey W. Scott building. The art gallery represents something very special for the academic and creative climates of the campus and surrounding region.

The gallery is named in recognition of the late Kathrin Cawein of New York, who beyond being an accomplished printmaker and contributor to Pacific University, established an endowed scholarship for students of the arts at Pacific. The fund was established through the sale of her intaglio etchings and engravings during exhibits at Pacific, as well as from the proceeds of her estate after death in 1996.

The gallery was originally made possible by the receipt of matching grant moneys from the Oregon Arts Commission in 1984, through the "Check-Off for Oregon Arts" program. Contributions made through Oregon state tax return for the arts at that time provided the $1,500 base grant money for planning and initiation of the remodeling of the exhibit space. This funding, together with other donations totaling $10,000 made the gallery possible.

A note of special thanks is given to trustee Elizabeth Johnson for her unrestricted matching gift and appreciation is extended for the support letters from the City of Forest Grove, the Valley Art Association and the Hillsboro Arts Council. Special mention is also given to other generous donors, patrons, members of the Pacific University Board of Trustees and especially to former University President Robert F. Duvall, who expressed strong interest in making art a treasured asset at Pacific.

Exhibits change monthly throughout the academic year and are provided at no cost to the public through the Department of Art. This program constitutes a service that benefits both the University community and the surrounding region. Receptions with exhibiting artists at the openings of their showings provide an opportunity for community enrichment and cultural growth. At times, Artist Talks are also scheduled to coincide with the exhibit schedule, to give the artist a chance to share his or her creative inspirations and motivations related to the works on display.


On Thursday, June 14, the undergraduate student participants of the inaugural URSCI (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Inquiry) Summer Institute will formally and publicly present the projects they have been working on.

The Cawein Gallery is excited to host Ashland artist Betty LaDuke, whose intricately carved and painted wood panels document the stories of Latino Farmworkers in the Pacific Northwest.

The Cawein Gallery is proud to announce our newest exhibition by Portland based artist Stefan Lesueur.