Explore and enjoy Ashland’s innovative art scene. Ashland’s thriving artist community welcomes you with art galleries, shops and museums offering a remarkably diverse range of fine arts and crafts. You can find representational as well as contemporary paintings and fine art prints, sculpture, hand-blown glass, Native American art, pottery and ceramics, jewelry and fine hand-crafted furniture. All within walking distance, galleries and museums can be found from the Historic Railroad District to Southern Oregon University’s campus. Explore interactive art exhibits and activities for everyone in your family. Enjoy First Friday Art Walk each month sponsored by the Ashland Gallery Association (AGA). Each April AGA puts on A Taste of Ashland with 17 participating galleries that pair up with a winery and restaurant, merging Ashland’s creative pursuits and culinary delights. Lithia Artisan’s Market each weekend from March through November, showcases handcrafted art and more.
At the Schneider Museum on the Southern Oregon University campus, visitors can see major exhibits from around the country with bimonthly exhibits focusing on contemporary visual arts. Originated in 2009, the Ashland Art Center is a visual arts organization based in Ashland that serves Southern Oregon citizens with art education, art exhibitions and art services. The center’s focus is on artist support, arts education and artistic collaboration. “Ashland’s quality of life,” writes John Villani, in his book, 100 Best Small Art Towns In America, “is the stuff that dreams are made of.”