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Eugene Bennett, artist, educator and co-founder of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center

April 22, 2011 7:00 PM
Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater

Reception to follow at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center


(Medford, OR) – April 15, 2011 – Community members are invited to a tribute in memory of Rogue Valley artist Eugene Bennett to be held on Friday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Avenue, Medford, Oregon. Bennett, who passed away on November 2, 2010, will be honored with music, words, and film.

A reception follows at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett Street, where a week-long exhibition of Eugene’s art will be on display along with work from recipients of the Eugene Bennett Scholarship Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.

Born on December 20, 1921 in Central Point, Eugene Peart Bennett graduated from Medford High School and attended the University of Oregon before serving in the Navy. After his discharge, Bennett was accepted at The Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees. He taught at the Art Institute before moving to Europe for a year. Bennett then decided to move back to the Rogue Valley in 1958, where he taught art and, along with other area artists, founded the Rogue Gallery & Art Center in 1960. While Bennett continued to exhibit in Chicago, New York and San Francisco, he became a tireless supporter of local arts groups.


Eugene Bennett, Founder of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center

Eugene Bennett, Founder of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center

Bennett’s achievements include a solo show at the Portland Art Museum while still a student at The Art Institute of Chicago. More recently, he was the first recipient of the Arts Council of Southern Oregon’s Lifetime Achievement Award and received the Governor’s Arts Award for having “significantly contributed to the growth and development of Oregon’s cultural life.”

At Bennett’s request, memorial contributions can be made to the Rogue Gallery and Art Center (memo line: in honor of Eugene Bennett), 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, OR 97501, The Oregon Community Foundation (memo line: Eugene Bennett Scholarship Fund), 818 W. Eighth St., Medford, OR 97501 or online.


Rogue Gallery and Art CenterThe Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center offers local artists an opportunity to display their work, and because of its non-profit status can display a wide range of artistic styles and mediums not seen in commercial galleries. Aspiring artists, both children and adults, take classes from local artists and are exposed to a wide variety of artistic mediums. RGAC is located in Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find RG&AC’s weblinks and contact information in their listing at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource.

Another great article appears in the Medford Mail-Tribune from 9.2010, shortly before Eugene’s health deteriorated. Read it online here

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