Art Around Hatfield


The Hatfield Marine Science Center is home to some amazing artwork, and we welcome the public to take a tour.

You can find regularly rotating exhibits at the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building. You will also find art and science-inspired events like the Big Blue Film Festival, OSU student plays, and other events at Hatfield throughout the year. Hatfield works in partnership with numerous groups to bring the arts to our coastal campus, including PRAX, Art about Agriculture and Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.

Our aim is to become a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math) Hub. You can also view many of the works in the permanent Hatfield art collection or the Guin Library Art Collection online or in person. These art pieces were purchased through gifts from generous supporters, donated by the artists, or purchased from the state mandate that 1% of the direct construction cost be used for art in public buildings.

Meet Our Artist-in-Residence and Featured Artists


Hatfield Artist-in-Residence

Emy Daniels

In August, local coastal artist Emy Daniels joined the Hatfield community as an artist-in-residence. She will engage with faculty, staff and students and help make connections between science, research and art. With a former career in marine microbiology, Daniels brings a unique blend of science and art to the position. She hopes to soak up as much inspiration as possible while at Hatfield. "I want to fill my brain with as much information as I can -- from research to science communication to iLab design and manufacturing -- and hopefully weave it together with my other experiences and spin out something beautiful, reflective and motivational." Read more about Emy in Hatfield's September/October newsletter. Instagram


Featured Gallery Artist

Rebecca Rutstein, Artist Talk Coming up October 11, 5:15 p.m., Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building

Multidisciplinary artist and ocean explorer Rebecca Rutstein works at the intersection of art, science and technology. For over twenty years, she has created paintings, sculptures, interactive installations and public art inspired by the natural world. Rutstein has been an artist-in-residence at locations around the world, including seven expeditions at sea and two deep sea dives to the ocean floor in the Alvin submersible. Her collaborations with oceanographers, ecologists, microbiologists, molecular scientists and geologists give her a unique perspective and broad view of the interconnectedness of systems in the natural world. Through visual and immersive experiences, her work sheds light on the places and processes that are often hidden from view to foster a deeper connection with nature and inspire wonder, empathy and stewardship in the face of our climate crisis. Instagram