Art at Hatfield

Art Meets Science

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. The Hatfield Artist in Residency Program encourages applications from artists and is accepting applications from March 15 to April 15.

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.


A work of art called Turtle Dam Free. It is a wood panel, 32” x 24”of a turtle shape painted in bright acrylic .

Featured Artist Betty LaDuke

Hatfield and the College of Agricultural Sciences are thrilled to present the touring exhibit Turtle Wisdom: Personal, Political, Playful by renowned artist Betty LaDuke. The exhibit is now displayed in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building (GVMSB) until June 14. The public is welcome to enjoy these works for free in the GVMSB, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LaDuke writes on her website about how this exhibit evolved, "Slowly, as we emerged from our COVID isolation (2021), my doorway opened and 20 TURTLES gradually appeared in my Ashland, Oregon studio. While some TURTLES have been waiting for me in sketchbooks created decades ago in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, new ones now evolved. TURTLES became my symbolic storytellers, commenting on the events currently reshaping our lives."

LaDuke's paintings, books, and numerous exhibitions draw inspiration from the immersive exploration of cultural diversity around the world, with an emphasis on women's creative contributions, women's work in food production, and social change.

Her work can be found in noteworthy collections across Oregon, including the Portland Art Museum, Schneider Museum of Art, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Oregon State University, Medford Airport, and the Oregon State Capitol. Visit her website to view more samples of her work and learn about her prestigious career. The video below is about LaDuke and her long career.

Hatfield Artist-in-Residence

Emy Daniels, smiles into the camera. Her artwork is pictured behind her.

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

The Hatfield Artist in Residency Program is accepting applications from artists from March 15 to April 15.

A sampling of a plein air works by Emy Daniels, a Hatfield artist-in-residence.