Center for Art & Ecology

About Us

Sitka Center offers a high quality program which explores the relationship between fine arts, craft and natural science, in a setting inspiring inquiry and discovery for all ages.
Sitka was founded in 1970 to provide the opportunity to study various forms of art, music and the ecology of the central Oregon Coast.
Located in a unique geographic location and offering a high caliber of instruction, Sitka has created an inspiring atmosphere for the educational and artistic experience.
Workshops are open to everyone, including a variety of age groups and all levels of proficiency, resulting in a dynamic educational interplay that enriches the learning process for all.


The program includes a selection of special events, lectures, slide shows and annual art shows that bring students and members of the community together. Over 80 workshops are offered, with more than 800 students enrolled and another 2400 people attending special events at Sitka Center and other venues, including the Sitka Art Invitational, a significant show and sale of art by artists in support of Sitka on November 15, 16 and 17, 2002 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.
Sitka Center's facilities include the Collins Centrum, which houses our reception area, offices and a research library; the Sculpture Studio, a work room for clay, wood and stone; the Smith Studio (both a classroom and a printmaking studio), the Boyden Studio (our Great Hall studio) and the Edelman Studio.
In addition, Sitka offers the Harold Hirsch Sculpture Garden, which integrates art with nature, providing a stage for outdoor workshops or a spot to be quiet in nature; and the Maveety Courtyard, a favorite spot for lunch and talk while at Sitka.

Sitka's programs are expanding, and we need volunteers! You could help by answering the phone, greeting students, visitors and artists; with classes by working with teachers or with businesses in the community.
Please call (541) 994-5485
write: PO Box 65 Otis OR 97368

or e-mail Sitka
Housing: There are no student lodging facilities at Sitka. Accomodations are available in nearby Lincoln City and Neskowin. See our sponsors page for addresses and phone numbers. there is housing in the area around the Center that may be rented for a minimum of two nights. Call 541.996.3668 for details.  







Artist / Ecologist in Residence

Sitka sponsors a residence program during the Fall and Spring. This program provides housing and work space in exchange for community outreach activities. Residents are able to experiment and concentrate on their work in a beautiful setting.



Brad Matsen

Brad is a writer and photographer currently living in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of many books, magazine articles and film scripts. Brad will be in residence during the months of February through May.

Mary Rose O’Reilly

Mary has taught English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, since 1978. She has written for a wide range of academic, literary, and social–change publications and is the author of The Peaceable Classroom, Radical Presence, and The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Sheppard. She will be in residence for four months, February through May.

Karl Pilato

Karl recently received his Master of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He plans to spend his four month residency working on paintings, drawings and prints inspired by the natural surroundings of Cascade Head

See the Residency page for more details on this program.


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2002 Catalog

Sitka's 2002 workshop catalog is posted on our catalog page. There's a registration button at each workshop description, or you can download a registration form and mail or fax it to us, or you can pick up the phone and call 541.994.5485. Operators are standing by. It looks like a great season.
We've also created a Sitka Center Shared Housing Forum for folks who might be looking for a place to stay during a workshop. If you have extra space or are looking for a place, post your needs and email address on this bulletin board and you might get lucky.


$25 - $49 Willow No discount, just satisfaction & our quarterly newsletter
$50 - $199 Maple 10% discount on tuition & our quarterly newsletter
$200 - $499 Pine 20% discount on tuition & our quarterly newsletter
$500 - $699 Hemlock 30% discount on tuition & our quarterly newsletter
$700 - $999 Red Cedar 40% discount on tuition & our quarterly newsletter
$1,000-$1,499 Douglas Fir 50% discount on tuition & our quarterly newsletter
$1,500 - $2,499 Noble Fir 75% discount on tuition & our quarterly newsletter
$2,500 and above Sitka Spruce 100% discount on tuition & our quarterly newsletter


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