"The arts invite us to see, to think, to listen, to feel, and to reflect. I can’t imagine a more urgent path for humans and for humanity.”
— Patricia Valian Reser
The Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) is a 49,000 square-foot performing and visual arts destination on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis. In four indoor and two outdoor venues we present concerts, exhibitions and performances by internationally touring artists and by OSU student ensembles. Beyond the building, PRAx acts as the hub of an arts and humanities network at OSU. We promote and facilitate arts-based approaches to all kinds of knowledge through our unique initiatives and a wide array of artist residencies and fellowships in research labs, field stations and other environments.
Patricia Valian Reser
’60, ’19 (Hon. Ph.D.)
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PRAx is located at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., within the traditional homelands of the Marys River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 (Kalapuya etc. Treaty), Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations in Western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are a part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.
The rich histories of art and creative practice predate the era of colonial settlement, and PRAx commits to regularly booking Native artists and encourages our audiences to support Indigenous creatives working in all mediums and styles.