Less than three blocks from the Pacific Ocean, the Seaside Civic & Convention Center is a jewel for event planners in the Pacific Northwest, offering 24,600 square feet of flexible meeting space and 8,900 square feet of prefunction and mezzanine areas.
The facility was transformed through a $15 million renovation and expansion in 2020 and, in June, cut the ribbon on a $150,000 public art project that has filled the space with painting, printmaking, photography, textile art, woodwork, metalwork, and glass art from regional artists.
While not an art museum, the Seaside Civic & Convention Center now houses the largest collection of public art in the entire county. Pieces ranging in size from concise oil paintings to huge wooden sculptures are displayed in the hallways and main rooms, adding a local and coastal touch to the common areas.
“We took great efforts to choose artwork that was created with our region in mind,” said Drea Frost, who served as curator on this project. “We wanted to create a space that reflects the beauty of the area in which we live.”
Drea worked with convention center staff and commission members to create a cohesive collection in a variety of mediums that would augment the experience of hosting an event or meeting in the building.
“This beautiful grouping will transport the viewer through a kaleidoscope of Pacific Northwest-inspired creations,” she said. “I love the idea of making the world a more beautiful and inspiring place through artwork.”
There are few more beautiful and inspiring places than the Oregon Coast. Located just 90 minutes from the Portland metro, Seaside is Oregon’s original beach resort town with a 100-year-old oceanfront Promenade stretching for 1.5 miles along the sand and tons of fun and unique activities for adults and kids alike. The Seaside Civic & Convention Center is located in the heart of the downtown corridor, just steps from the historic Gilbert District and within walking distance of ample shopping, dining, and lodging options.