Eugene is known for having an electric and vibrant arts and culture sector. Part of what makes our community so distinctive is having a mixture of professional arts organizations as well as universities and colleges that also offer top-notch arts and culture experiences. Arts events on campus are not just for students but are open to the entire community. There you experience not only students training to become the next generation of artistic producers, but the world-class artists teaching them and exciting visiting artists. The highlights below are just to kick-start your exploration of all that campus has to offer you. You can explore a wealth of arts and culture right on campus.
Lane Community College’s Music department offers fun and engaging classes, ensembles, and performances for students and community members. They have an exciting mix of instrumental and vocal groups, including a symphonic band, jazz ensemble, jazz combos, concert choir, and chamber choir. LCC also has an outstanding music technology program with a state-of-the-art technology lab and recording studio. The faculty in LCC’s music department are more than just educators. They are professional performers in organizations such as the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Oregon Symphony, John G. Shedd Institute, regional and national music festivals, and more. Community members are invited to enjoy concerts & showcases at the end of each term. Visit their website and calendar to find your new favorite night out.
Lane Community College’s Dance department has various dance performances throughout the year, from student dance concerts, visiting artist performances, end-of-term showcases, First Friday art walks, screen dance films, and more. Community members seeking personal enrichment enjoy classes and performance opportunities in a welcoming, supportive environment. The winter dance concert highlights the work of our exceptional faculty, guest artists, alumni, and community artists in collaboration with Lane dancers. The Works Student Dance Concert highlights the extraordinary work of student choreographers. These concerts, along with end-of-the-term showcases, are open to the public and take place in the beautiful Ragozzino Theatre. Ensure you catch every performance by following them on social media and checking the college event calendar.
Lane Community College’s Theatre program produces three full productions and numerous showcases and workshops each year. They welcome students and community artists to join them on stage and even backstage. They offer the most affordable ticket prices in Eugene. The Ragozzino Performance Hall and the intimate Blue Door Theatre provide audiences and artists with state-of-the-art facilities to explore theatre as an essential means of expression. Come and see what the next generation of theatre-makers are up to.
Check out the Student Production Association on Instagram @spalcc
galleries & public art
LCC’s main campus and downtown campus are both overflowing with public art. You can see sculptures and murals by internationally renowned artists, talented local artists, and LCC alums. And the collection is only growing, as they added three new murals in 2022. Lane’s Art Galleries offer a rich and diverse cultural experience. Visitors can have the transformative opportunity to experience life as depicted by regional, national, and international artists. Exhibits are inclusive of a variety of media and concepts. Located in building 11 on the main campus, the galleries include two adjacent exhibit spaces, the Roger Hall Gallery and the Main Art Gallery. The galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the regular academic year (closed Summer term and other breaks). Admission is free.
Lane’s Art Gallery is home to Oregon’s first Art-o-mat, a retired vintage cigarette machine converted to vend small works of original art. The pocket-sized artworks range from small paintings, sculptures, poems, or concept-driven pieces. All artworks cost $5.
Check out Art at Lane on Instagram @artatlane