New website for state-owned art — Since 1975, the state of Oregon has acquired or commissioned more than 2,400 works for its State of Oregon Percent for Art Collection, which sets aside at least 1 percent “of funds for the acquisition of public-facing artwork in all state building construction projects with budgets over $100,000,” according to a press release for the online portal. The pieces, created by more than 800 artists, reside up, down and across the state in public buildings and higher education campuses from Portland to Ashland and La Grande to Corvallis. Fortunately, you can save on gas and visit them all virtually via the state’s new, searchable website for the paintings, photography, murals and more, including Masayuki Nagase’s sculptural installation “Reflection of Stream” on the Oregon State University-Cascades campus in Bend. Check out the website at

— David Jasper, The Bulletin