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Cannon Gallery of Art

Cannon Gallery of art

The Cannon Gallery of Art is located in the heart of Western Oregon University’s campus in the beautifully renovated Campbell Hall. Campbell Hall was built in 1871 and is the oldest building still in use the Oregon University System. The gallery has approximately 700 square feet of exhibition space and holds six exhibitions during each academic year. Thematic and media-specific exhibits by regional and nationally acclaimed artists are included in each annual schedule.  For more information contact Gallery Director, Paula Booth at 503-838-8607 or boothp@wou.edu.


Showing February 21 – March 23, 2018:

David George Andersen

Wish You Were Here



Salem artist David George Andersen (1960-2017) created politically charged, irreverent mixed media assemblages that address the many hypocrisies of modern American life.


Andersen’s meticulously crafted assemblages merge found objects, innovative photographic techniques, mechanical components, and cast elements to create surreal and whimsical social commentaries. He described his work as having a stream of conscious narrative that invites the viewer to consider the relationships between sometimes disparate images. The resulting work often conveys its message through humor; in some instances the message is clear and direct, in others, more cryptic.


Woven throughout much of Andersen’s work is a critique of power within American culture. Religion and politics are frequent targets. He uses historical, art historical, religious, and pop culture references to illuminate an increasingly disturbing American reality where fact is called fiction, proven science is ignored, and corporate agendas rule.


Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Andersen developed an early interest in ceramics. In 1979, He began taking classes at Sacramento State University with legendary Bay Area Funk artist David Gilhooly. Andersen earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984 from the University of California, Davis, where he continued his studies in ceramics with Robert Arneson and others. He earned his Masters of Fine Arts from University of Idaho in 1988.


In addition to his work as an artist, Andersen was also a talented exhibition designer. He worked at both the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and the Cheney Cowles Museum in Spokane before joining the staff of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in 2007 as Exhibition Designer and Chief Preparator. Sadly, Andersen passed away in January 2017 after a brave battle with cancer.

Reception: Wednesday, February 21, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Cannon Gallery of Art Exhibit Schedule 2017-18


September 27 – October 27, 2017

Dave Wilson

My Second Last Minute Show

Reception and Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, October 4, 4 – 6 p.m.


November 8 – December 8, 2017

WOU Faculty Biennial

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


January 11 – February 9, 2018

Ryan Woodring

Unveiling World Tour

Reception: Wednesday, January 17, 4:30 – 6 p.m.


February 21 – March 23, 2018

David George Andersen (1960-2017)

Wish You Were Here

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 21, 4:30 – 6 p.m.


April 4 – May 4, 2018

Linn Benton Community College Art Faculty

Reception: Wednesday, April 11, 4:30 – 6 p.m.


May 21 – June 15, 2018

50th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Opening Reception, Picnic, and Awards Ceremony: Monday, May 21, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


If you have any other questions

please contact Paula Booth at boothp@wou.edu, (503)838-8607
Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery of Art
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, Oregon 97361


Gallery hours
M – F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and by appointment
(we are happy to accommodate group visits)


Art Department Office Coordinator - Laura Killip

503-838-8340 | or e-mail: killipl@wou.edu  | Location: Campbell Hall 105