Thank you for considering making a volunteer commitment to Coos Art Museum.

Volunteer at the museum and

  • Learn more about the Permanent Collection
  • Stay current with exhibitions and events
  • Learn about art display and handling
  • Interact with museum staff
  • Enhance your appreciation of art

Coos Art Museum maintains a volunteer group of about 80 individuals

  • Front desk volunteers welcome visitors, share information, track attendance, help with sales and much more
  • Collections volunteers work with the Curator of the Permanent Collections in collection maintenance and research
  • Exhibitions volunteers work with staff in mounting exhibitions, art handling and shipping
  • Events volunteers are ambassadors who support museum staff during events and in a variety of roles

Download the volunteer application pdf.

Submit applications to:
Volunteer Program
Coos Art Museum
235 Anderson
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

For more information, please contact the museum at (541) 267-3901 or lobby@coosart.org.

None at this time.

Since 1966 Coos Art Museum has been a vital part of the state’s cultural landscape. Your support keeps Coos Art Museum a vibrant organization responsive to promoting arts and culture throughout Oregon’s South Coast. It’s your membership that moves us forward and makes Coos Art Museum a positive force in our community.

Membership Privileges

  • Free admission to CAM.
  • Early announcements and invitations to programs and events.
  • Discounts on enrollment to classes and workshops.
  • Reduced facility rental rates of the galleries, lobby, atrium and classrooms.
  • Access to Rental/Sales Gallery – Business/Active Supporter Level and above receive significant discounts.
  • Considerably discounted use of CAM galleries for a private event annually (for Gallery Club Level and above only).

Membership Levels

Individual: $45
• All membership privileges for one person

Family: $70
• All member privileges for two adults and minor children

Business/Active Supporter: $150
• All membership privileges (admissions for two). Significant discounts on Rental/Sales Gallery.

Gallery Club: $250
• All membership privileges (admissions for two).
• Significant discounts on Rental/Sales Gallery.
• Considerably discounted use of CAM galleries for a private event annually.

Curator’s Circle: $500
• All membership privileges (admissions for four).
• Significant discounts on Rental/Sales Gallery.
• Considerably discounted use of CAM galleries for a private event annually.

President’s Circle: $1000
• All membership privileges (admissions for six).
• Significant discounts on Rental/Sales Gallery.
• Considerably discounted use of CAM galleries for a private event annually.

Benefactor: $2500
• All membership privileges (admissions for eight).
• Significant discounts on Rental/Sales Gallery.
• Considerably discounted use of CAM galleries for a private event annually.

Special Memberships

Enjoy all the benefits of Individual membership at a reduced rate:

Students (K-12): $15

BAAA: $30

A portion of membership dues may be tax-deductible.

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A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
Artist Title Medium

A – TOP

Allen, Jere H. Water Series Acrylic
Alps, Glen E. untitled Collagraph
Altman, Harold Path II Etching 112/140
Altman, Harold Park with Seven Figures Etching A/P
Altman, Harold October Lithograph A/P
Antreasian, Garo Z. untitled Lithograph Trial/Proof
Antreasian, Garo Z. untitled Lithograph 14/20
Antreasian, Garo Z. untitled Lithograph A/P

B – TOP

Baron, Jerry Virginia Inn, Seattle Acrylic
Baron, Jerry At the Humboldt Club, North Bend Acrylic
Baron, Jerry Home the Hunter Acrylic
Beling, Helen St. Francis with Bird Bronze
Beling, Helen Ascent Belplast
Beling, Helen Business is Bad Resin
Bennett, Eugene untitled Collage, tin, nails, sand, oil, walnut shells
Bennett, Eugene untitled Collage, tin, nails, tacks, sand, oil
Berthot, Jake untitled Acrylic
Black, Wendell H. Dead Sea Gull Engraving 22/25
Black, Wendell H. Mountainscape Engraving 21/25
Boyden, Frank untitled Stoneware
Boyden, Frank Meteor Bronze & silver
Bronson, Bonnie Blue Enamel Enameled steel
Brown, James Endo 2 Oil
Brown, James Stampede Oil
Brown, James The Weird Train Oil
Buckner, Hal Bronze Woman Bronze
Buckner, Hal untitled Oil
Burford, James Solo Oil/Collage

C – TOP

Casarella, Edmond Swamp Bank Paper cut, relief print 15/24
Casarella, Edmond Climax Woodcut A/P
Casarella, Edmond Haven Woodcut A/P
Casey, John T. Orbis Vacuum-formed uvex
Cassara, Frank Terreno II Etching 6/35
Chambers, Susan Looking for a Break Photography (digital)
Chandler, Elaine Time Machine Serigraph/Embossing 4/15
Charette, Phillip John Moonlight Spirit Mixed media (ceramic, glass, wood, feathers)
Clarke, Mark Rocks No. 8 Collage
Coe, Margaret Rocks & Leaves No. 2 Oil
Colburn, Jon B. The Playground Gouache
Colescott, Warrington George Washington Meets Betsy Ross, but Too Late Etching 10/75
Colescott, Warrington Secretary Seward Buys Alaska Etching 12/75
Colescott, Warrington William Randolph Hearst Declares War on Spain Etching 5/75
Comerford, Susan River Collage Etching 2/6
Cookson, Jayne A La Plage II Linoleum block print/reduction 10/14
Corum, Quinn Earth Forms: Night Hush Fiber
Cox, Pauline Chinese Waves Watercolor
Cruson, Jon Pacific Tapestry (Hy – as Salt Chuck portfolio) Lithograph 15/25
Cruson, Jon Nye Beach (Hy – as Salt Chuck portfolio) Lithograph 15/25
Cruson, Jon Arch Rock (Hy – as Salt Chuck portfolio) Lithograph 15/25

D – TOP

Davison, Phil C. Spring Watercolor
Deshaies, Arthur USA, The American Country Engraving/Drypoint 10/50 imp
Detton, Shelley La Esperanza Monoprint
Donaldson, Julia Sir Winston Churchill Narcisses Fiber

E – TOP

Edmondson, Leonard Flower Power Etching 32/75
Edmunds, Charles The Boatyard Watercolor
Edmunds, Charles Merchants Beach Watercolor

F – TOP

Falke, Terry untitled Photography
Falke, Terry Standing Rock, Navajo Reservation, Northern Arizona, 1999 Photography
Falkenstein, Claire untitled Cast paper
Falkenstein, Claire Moving Point #1 Ink dawing
Falkenstein, Claire Organic Form – Bones Colored pencil drawing
Farmer, Tom untitled Mixed media
Farmer, Tom untitled Monotype
Farmer, Tom Afternoon Monotype
Fricano, Tom S. Osterreich Etching/Embossing A/P 3/4
Fricano, Tom S. O2 Bird Etching/Embossing A/P
Fricano, Tom S. Geographic Specimens Etching/Embossing 2/10

G – TOP

Gardner, Byron Red Mesa, Blue Field Oil
Gardner, Byron Black Land Wave Pastel
Gardner, Byron untitled Watercolor
Geisert, Mitch Mary Wilson Triptych (right panel) Acrylic
Geisert, Mitch Mary Wilson Triptych (center panel) Acrylic
Geisert, Mitch Mary Wilson Triptych (left panel) Acrylic
Geisert, Mitch The Old Jester (Le Vieux Plaisant) Acrylic
Gilkey, Gordon W. Fractured Earth Collagraph A/P imp
Goldsby, Al Landscape Etching 3/4
Gould, Norman Familular Morgenstense Etching A/P
Gould, Norman Human Myriad Oil
Grooms, Red Mango, Mango Serigraph 198/250
Guyot, Tom Bork Graphite drawing

H – TOP

Hackman, Vida Landscape Interval I Etching A/P
Hall, Carl Shaman’s Bones Watercolor/Gouache
Hall, Carl Raven Watercolor/Gouache
Hall, Howard Boiler Bay Oil
Hall, Howard Rogue River Canyon Oil
Hansen, Art The Tavern, A Private Club, The Stripper 3 Etchings in one frame
Hardy, Tom Sea Piece Welded bronze
Hardy, Tom Foothills Etching A/P
Hardy, Tom Torso Watercolor
Hardy, Tom Coos Bay Dredging Equipment Watercolor
Hardy, Tom Horses Welded Bronze
Haseltine, Maury Undertow #2 Oil
Hawthorn, Chris untitled Glass
Hayter, Stanley William Survol Lithograph 128/150
Hedges, Mary untitled Raku
Henderson, Jack Rising Oil
Hnizdovsky, Jacques Beech Tree Woodcut 60/100
Holbert, Merrie Mama’s Comfrey Bed Watercolor
Holm, Mike Canary Photography (digital)
Holm, Mike Soft Drive Photography (digital)
Holm, Mike Sexy Rock Photography (digital)

I – TOP

Izquierdo, Manuel Anvil Flowers Conté crayon
Izquierdo, Manuel Windmill Flower Sumi ink
Izquierdo, Manuel Flower with Torso Mixed media
Izquierdo, Manuel Woman #40 Mixed media
Izquierdo, Manuel Temple Terra cotta
Izquierdo, Manuel Caryatid Terra cotta
Izquierdo, Manuel Flower Figure Welded steel
Izquierdo, Manuel Four of Spades Welded steel

J – TOP

Jenkins, Ed Whaling Bark, Alice Knowles Drypoint
Jenkins, Ed Unbending Mains’l Drypoint
Jenkins, Ed Port O’ Call Drypoint
Johanson, George Juxtapositions – Landscapes Etching/Embossing 1/30
Johanson, George Juxtapositions – Four Figures Etching/Embossing 1/30
Johanson, George Juxtapositions – Wall Etching/Embossing 1/30
Johanson, George Juxtapositions – Torsos and Orchid Etching/Embossing 1/30
Johanson, George Juxtapositions – Green Pepper Etching/Embossing 1/30
Johanson, George Juxtapositions – Black Bat Etching/Embossing 1/30
Johanson, George Juxtapositions – Targets Etching/Embossing 1/30
Johanson, George Juxtapositions – Egg Etching/Embossing 1/30
Johanson, George Juxtapositions – Sky Grid Etching/Embossing 1/30
Johanson, George Juxtapositions – Apple & Curtain Etching/Embossing 1/30
Johnston, Ann Clouds Fiber
Jones, John Paul Girl for Goya Lithograph 4/20
Jones, John Paul Annunciation Etching A/P

K – TOP

Kadar, Kevin Figure #595 Oil
Kadar, Kevin untitled Oil
Kaplan, Jerome Station Lithograph 31/35
Kaplan, Jerome Reve Rite Lithograph 42/45
Kaplan, Jerome Mr. Becker Etching Ed. 40
Karl, Maggie Coos Head Burner Oil
Karl, Maggie Reflections Collage
Karl, Maggie View of North Bend Oil
Karl, Maggie Autumn Colors/Eighth Hole Oil
Kelly, Lee Broken River Cor-Ten Steel
Kelly, Lee Broken River (Study for the sculpture) Watercolor
Kelly, Lee Toward River in Two Parts (Study for the sculpture) Watercolor
Kensler, Barbara S. Prismatic Window Fiber
King, Tony Groups Acrylic
Knudsen, Thomas The Spaniard Wood & leather
Kobrin, Lowell Waiter-Café Du Monde Photography (digital)
Kohn, Misch The General Etching/Collage 50 imp 2nd State
Kohn, Misch Long Beaked Bird Lithograph A/P
Kohn, Misch Trio Wood engraving 30 imp
Koltz, Adam Schooner Juventa, 1865 + chart Watercolor
Konopka, Joseph Train Station Acrylic
Konopka, Joseph Route 523 Acrylic

L – TOP

La Duke, Betty Oregon Coast Acrylic
La Duke, Betty Pursuit Woodcut 2/6
La Duke, Betty Chinese Winter Landscape (1) Acrylic
La Duke, Betty Chinese Winter Landscape (2) Acrylic
La Duke, Betty Chinese Winter Landscape (3) Acrylic
La Duke, Betty Chinese Winter Landscape (4) Acrylic
La Duke, Betty Chinese Winter Landscape (5) Acrylic
La Duke, Betty Peking Bicycle Riders Acrylic
La Duke, Betty Memories of the Bitter Past Acrylic
La Duke, Betty Spirits Old and New Acrylic
La Duke, Betty Political Discussion Mixed media
La Duke, Betty The Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains Etching 4/25
Laird, Jan Greatness Takes So Long: Larry Oil
Laird, Jan Space Child: Billy Oil
Laird, Jan Shannon Oil
Laird, Jan Decadence is Marriage: Bob Oil
Laird, Jan untitled Pastel
Landau, Jacob Behold, I Will Send You Elijah Lithograph A/P XIV
Landau, Jacob I John Brown Lithograph 2nd state 46/50
Landeck, Armin Fish Engraving
Landeck, Armin Black House, Bleeker St. Engraving
Landeck, Armin Rooftop & Skylights Engraving
Lasker, Joe Cezanne Observed Oil
Law, Margaret Mountain Stream Watercolor
Liepe, Madeleine R. Edge of the Park Oil
Loehr, Joellyn East of Here Oil
Lott, Jimi untitled Photography (digital)
Lybecker, Kirk A Rose of High Romance Watercolor
Lybecker, Kirk A Return to the Real World Watercolor
Lybecker, Kirk T-Bird Watercolor
Lybecker, Kirk Chain Link Madness Watercolor
Lybecker, Kirk Even Damnation Poisoned by Rainbow Watercolor
Lybecker, Kirk Shoes of Osimandius (sic) Watercolor

M – TOP

Martin, Gan Afternoon at the Beach Oil-base enamel
Massey, Charles Jr. Yesterday’s Holder, Holding Lithograph A/P
Massey, Charles Jr. Skyhook Start, Progression Lithograph 28/50
Matoush, Lyle Frostbite Etching/Embossing/Chine collé 17/18
Matoush, Lyle Quicksilver Lithograph/Embossing/Chine collé 20/26
Mattingly, James Old Man Print Woodcut A/P
McCosh, David Goat Oil
McCosh, David Maguey Watercolor
McCosh, David untitled Watercolor
McVicker, J. Jay Orange Accent Etching 11/15
McVicker, J. Jay Blue Ambiance Etching 18/30
McVicker, J. Jay Dark Structure Etching 38/40
Meeker, Dean Phaeton and the Horses of the Sun Etching 17/60
Meeker, Dean Lisa Etching 57/60
Meeker, Dean Joseph Etching 18/60
Morrison, Ivan E. untitled Oil
Morrison, Ivan E. untitled Oil
Morrow, Ceci Daghestan Prayer Rug Acrylic
Mostert, Christiaan (Dutch) Frayed and Forgotten Watercolor
Munro, Alan A. Heat Watercolor
Myers, Malcom H. Knight, Death and the Devil Etching 10/25

O – TOP

Osgood, Kim A Passing Moment Monotype/Chine collé
Ottum, Phil Long Tom River Photography

P – TOP

Padgett, Walt Red Fuji Woodblock print
Pander, Henk Great Market of Haarlem Oil
Pander, Henk The Sinking of the New Carissa Oil
Parker, Lucinda Abex Valley Green Acrylic
Paul, Ken Mountain Imposition Acrylic
Paulin, Richard C. Sag Harbor Supper Woodcut 1/10
Peterdi, Gabor Gulls in the Wind Drypoint 11/25 imp
Peterdi, Gabor Lanikai Reef V Etching 3/50 imp
Peterdi, Gabor Red Red Eclipse Etching A/P 1
Peterdi, Gabor Thicket Etching A/P III
Peterdi, Gabor Winter II Etching imp
Peterdi, Gabor Red Reef Etching 2/30 imp
Plotkin, Linda Green Morning Lithograph 68/175
Plotkin, Linda One Morning Lithograph 45/100
Pozzi, Craig Coos Bay, Oregon Photography
Purdy, Douglas Duo Bronze 1/Ed.25
Purdy, Douglas Goat Bronze 8/Ed.10

R – TOP

Richmond, Rebekah The Long Sleep Etching 13/120
Riese, Beatrice Six from Bolivia Oil
Rios, Diego Hired to Fire as Soon as Possible! Woodcut A/P
Rivers, Larry Living at the Movies Lithograph/Serigraph 75/175
Robertson, Ward Lower Bay Photography 1/80
Robertson, Ward untitled Photography
Rock, John Charities Lithograph 7/10
Rock, John Yaquina Lighthouse (Hy – as Salt Chuck portfolio) Lithograph 15/25
Rock, John Tidal Pools (Hy – as Salt Chuck portfolio) Lithograph 15/25
Rock, John Beach Cabin (Hy – as Salt Chuck portfolio) Lithograph 15/25
Romano, Clare On the Grass Collagraph A/P
Romano, Clare New Jersey Landscape II Etching A/P
Rosa, Lilly The Maestro Leonardo Etching 4/5
Ross, John Wharf Collagraph 16/50
Ross, John Till the Morning Comes Collagraph 24/75
Rouzie, A. William Orion Watercolor
Rouzie, A. William Yaquina at Charleston Watercolor
Rudisill, Susan Susan Creek Falls Mixed media
Rudisill, Susan Narrows View Charcoal drawing
Rudisill, Susan Road Cut: Rape of the Innocent 4 Charcoal drawings in one frame
Ryan, Charles untitled Oil

S – TOP

Saltzman, Florence Sunset Red, Countryside Acrylic
Saltzman, Florence Bleached Beach Bones Oil
Sandgren, Erik Yakquina: Wind-Blown Light Watercolor
Sandgren, Erik Tahoma: Mountain Mythos Acrylic
Sandgren, Erik Maelstrom Linocut A/imp
Sandgren, Erik Raven Primordial Woodcut A/P
Sandgren, Erik Misty Fjord: Southeast Alaska by Boat Acrylic
Sandgren, Nelson Beach Genre Lithograph 20/60
Sandgren, Nelson Wafted Fog Lithograph 9/10
Sandgren, Nelson Fireweed Oil
Sandgren, Nelson Dark Summer Sea Watercolor
Sandgren, Nelson Rocks at Bandon Watercolor
Sandgren, Nelson untitled Gouache
Saylor, Grant The “Rocky” at La Push, WA Watercolor
Schenck, William Wyoming Plus VI (Gregory Peck on a Horse) Acrylic
Schneuer, David untitled Drypoint 29/150
Schneuer, David untitled Etching/Drypoint 10/150
Schneuer, David untitled Etching 20/150
Schneuer, David Waltz Serigraph 288/300
Schneuer, David Afternoon Meeting Serigraph A/P 17/30
Seder, Sylvia King, Queen & Blue Eyed Dog Mixed media
Sennick, Lou Halibut Fisherman Photography (digital)
Sheehan, Evelyn Widow and the Empty Chair Acrylic
Sheehan, Evelyn A Leisurely Model Collage/Mixed media
Shuck, Vicki Bicicletas Linoleum block print 4/20
Shuck, Vicki Drinkie-Drinkie Linoleum block print 4/20
Smith, Moishe Po Valley Etching 26/50
Smith, Moishe Almonds of Andalusia Etching 38/50
Smith, Moishe Roman Holiday Etching 8/60
Snyder, Amanda Two Clowns Collage
Snyder, Amanda Blue Bird Collage
Snyder, Amanda Shakespearean Forest Oil/Collage
Snyder, Amanda Sunflower Hula Girl Oil
Snyder, Amanda Poppy – Friend from Bangkok Oil
Snyder, Amanda Baby Robin Woodcut 4/30
Snyder, Pat Ace & Queen of Spades Engraving 15/100
Snyder, Pat American Indian Series I Serigraph 1/10
Snyder, Pat American Indian Series II Serigraph 10/15
Snyder, Pat American Indian Series III Serigraph 14/25
Snyder, Ruth Mendocino (Malibu Series #6) Watercolor
Sperakis, Nicholas The Viceroy Woodcut 5/40
Sprague, Don untitled Porcelain
Stark, Larry Ditch Lake Serigraph 15/99
Stark, Larry West Branch Log Serigraph 18/99
Stasik, Andrew Still Life/Landscape #5 Lithograph 41/130
Stasik, Andrew Summer XXXVI Lithograph/Serigraph 9/31
Stasik, Andrew Summer Landscape II Lithograph A/P V
Steele, Jeanne Crimson Twilight Oil
Steensma, Jay untitled Drawing
Steensma, Jay Portrait of M. Hickey Ink drawing
Stone, Gwen Tale of Genji VII Collage/Embossing
Stone, Gwen Toys on Burnt Umber Serigraph, hand tipped 18/50
Stone, Peter G. Night Rip Stoneware
Stone, Peter G. Incision Terra cotta
Sugiyama, Wataru Peace and Strength Terra cotta
Summers, Carol Navarro Ridge Woodcut, multi-colored rubbing 75/75

T – TOP

Talbot, Jonathan Coos Bay Patrin Collage
Talbot, Jonathan Cape Arago Soundings Collage
Tift, Mary L. Alphabet Plate Etching 36/50
Tift, Mary L. Gum Ball Machine Etching 39/50
Turner, Janet Roots and Ducks Serigraph/Linoleum block 52/185 imp
Turner, Janet Sycamore Snag II Serigraph/Linoleum block 27/90 imp
Turner, Janet Wintering Snow Geese Serigraph/Linoleum block 68/175 imp

U

V – TOP

Van Allen, Katrina Harbor Dreaming Oil
Van Allen, Katrina Winter Jetty (left panel) Oil
Van Allen, Katrina Winter Jetty (right panel) Oil
Van Dreal, John Moon-lit Nude Seated in Tranquil Impersonation Oil
Vaughn, Dorothy Seal Rock Watercolor
Volkerding, Laura untitled Photography
Volkerding, Laura Log Dump and Sawmill, Isthmus Slough, Coos
Bay
Photography

W – TOP

Walker, Kenneth E. Breakfast, Introspection Photography
Ward, Lynd Evening Walk Wood engraving
Ward, Lynd Flower Girl Wood engraving
Ward, Lynd Cup of Sky Wood engraving
Webb, Joseph Stone Mama Limestone
Wehrle, Clare W. Study of a Young Man Oil
Wehrle, Clare W. Tracy Oil
Williames, Shedrich untitled Photography
Williames, Shedrich Shedrich & Daughter CoCó Photography

Z – TOP

Zach, Jan Folded Form #1 Stainless steel
Ziemann, Richard Claude Black-eyed Susans Etching 35/100
Ziemann, Richard Claude Rocky Landscape Etching 27/100
Ziemann, Richard Claude Morning Light Etching 35/100
Zuniga, Francisco Yucateca Con Fruta Lithograph 201/300

The Coos Art Museum has been the cultural hub of Oregon’s scenic South Coast since 1950. Oregon’s 3rd oldest Art Museum is housed in the historic art deco former US Post Office in downtown Coos Bay. CAM invites visitors to tour exhibits, take art classes, hear lectures and participate in community events. CAM’s 530 Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art rotates on display throughout the year, but online visitors can also view it through our website.

The Coos Art Museum, Inc. is a 501-3 (c) not-for-profit corporation. 15 active members of CAM make up the volunteer Board of Directors, electing new officers each year. To help fulfill its mission, the Museum’s by-laws established a number of volunteer committees working in many areas including art education, acquisitions, development, exhibitions, membership, volunteers, etc.

The Executive Director manages the overall operation of the Coos Art Museum; it’s programs, collections and curates the numerous exhibitions. Artists and guest curators are able to submit proposals for exhibitions, which are reviewed and then selected by the Exhibitions Committee. For more information on portfolio reviews or proposal submissions, email info@coosart.org.

CAM exhibitions and programs are supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts; contributions from The Oregon Community FoundationUmpqua Bank, and the City of Coos Bay; membership dues, donations from members and the community-at-large.

Prefontaine Gallery

Hanging up in the lobby of CAM, you will find an original painting of Steve Prefontaine by nationally known, Seattle based artist Chris Hopkins. Located upstairs is the Prefontaine Memorial Gallery, where you will find numerous photographs and tributes to this hometown hero. Showcased in a hand-made trophy case are most of the medals, ribbons and trophies that Steve Prefontaine received during his brilliant, but short career.

On the walls are copies of photographs from the private collection of Tom Jordan, the former publisher of “Track and Field News” magazine. Each of the photos depict Pre running or crossing the finish line in many of his races, including one from the Olympic Games held in Munich, 1972.

We encourage our visitors to both sign and read through the guest registry. See what those, whom to this day, still admire and honor the memory of Steve Prefontaine, have written. Take the time to reflect on the life and career of a young man who influenced so many.

On the second floor of the Coos Art Museum is a room dedicated to the short life and running career of Coos Bay native Steve Prefontaine.

At the time of his death in May 1975, Pre held eight long-distance running records. Runners from all over the world know about Pre’s accomplishments and many know Coos Bay was his hometown.

Up the stairs from the main lobby, the first room a visitor comes to is a conference room immersed in the runner’s life. On the walls are copies of photographs from the private collection of Tom Jordan, the former publisher of “Track and Field News” magazine.

Each of the photos depict Pre running or crossing the finish line in many of his races, including one from the Olympic Games held in Munich, 1972.

Two cases built by Ray Prefontaine are filled with memorabilia of his son’s accomplishments, beginning with Pre’s days running for Marshfield High School. There are plaques, cups, trophies and medals on display from his family’s collection.

The collection is available for public viewing during regular museum hours. You can also learn more about Steve Prefontaine here: http://www.prefontainerun.com/

Comprising over 550 works, CAM’s Permanent Collection is focused on contemporary fine art prints and original works in all media by Pacific Northwest artists. The Collection continues to grow through donation.

The fine art print collection contains many works by major American artists including Alexander Calder, Warrington Colescott, Red Grooms, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Larry Rivers. The Collection was augmented in 1972-73 when 94 prints were purchased with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently the Collection contains over 235 prints.

Since 1995, the Adopt an Artwork program has improved the condition of over 115 works. Anyone may choose to “adopt an artwork” by underwriting the cost of reframing or restoring a work from the Collection. Donors are acknowledged whenever the adopted works are exhibited.

Many of the works in the Collection can be viewed online. Click Here to Enter the Permanent Collection Online Gallery.

Access to works not online is possible by appointment by calling (541) 267-3901.

The Coos Art Museum traces its roots to the Coos Artist League, active since 1950. Early operations were conducted in storefront locations, followed by occupancy of the old Carnegie Library Building near downtown Coos Bay. During this “library period” the Museum began building its permanent collection, and established a reputation for high quality exhibits and educational programs. Throughout this period volunteers were responsible for nearly all Museum operations and functions.

In the late 1970’s the Coos Art Museum members pushed for and won approval of a community-wide bond issue to acquire and remodel the old post office building, a historical art deco structure built in 1936. After 5 years of hard work – including a door-to-door campaign to inform the community and raise monies – and much repairs and retrofitting, the Coos Art Museum moved into it’s current location in 1984.

The Museum houses the large Maggie Karl Gallery, the Perkins Room Gallery and the Permanent Collection Alcove Gallery along with the Rental/Sales Gallery on the main floor. On the 2nd floor, via either the Art Deco staircase or the ADA compliant elevator, you’ll find the Mable Hansen Gallery and the spacious Uno Richter Atrium; complete with exposed brick walls and a sky lit arched ceiling.

Also on the 2nd floor, the state-of-the art Permanent Collection storage and work area helps to keep CAM’s 525 works of art in pristine condition. Museum management offices and the Art Education Classroom are also located on the 2nd floor. Oregon Coast Music Association, which produces the annual Oregon Coast Music Festival and other popular events also maintains its offices in the building.