What we do

The history of art in Lake Oswego spans several decades. It was in the 1960s that a small group of citizens presented their first art exhibit in the Lake Oswego Library. From that time, art became a priority for the City which resulted in the establishment of the Lake Oswego Arts Commission in 1992. Operating as a Commission for the City Council, this group accomplished many wonderful art projects including the creation of the permanent art collection of the City of Lake Oswego and creating the first outdoor rotating sculpture exhibit, Arts Downtown, now known as Lake Oswego’s Gallery Without Walls. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego manages the City’s art collection, both permanent and rotating, and provides a number of additional programs and services that promote the visual arts throughout the City, including: 

  • Gallery Without Walls: Outdoor sculpture on the streets
    • The Annual People’s Choice Award: Public vote for outdoor sculpture
    • Unveil Your Art!: Celebration of new outdoor sculpture in the rotating Gallery Without Walls
    • Docent Led Tours: Free Tours of Gallery Without Walls sculpture
  • 510 Museum & ARTspace: Indoor exhibition program
  • City of Lake Oswego Permanent Art Collection: Oversight and management public art collection
  • Plein Air Lake Oswego: City-wide community paint out event
  • The Chronicle Invitational Exhibition: An exhibition chronicling the life and times of Lake Oswego
  • Arts-In-Education: Partnership with Art Literacy program in elementary schools 

Children learning about the Gallery Without Walls Sculptures