Linn-Benton Community College plans to unveil three new works of art on Sept. 7 at Chinook Hall. (File photo by Linn-Benton Community College)

Linn-Benton Community College announced that it will unveil three new sculptures led by the Benton Center Art Committee at a special event to begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Chinook Hall.

“When we see a work of art every day it can become just another part of our routine or even an obstacle we are trying to move around,” said Renee McKitterick, LBCC Art Department chair. “When that happens, you stop seeing the art. We wanted to make a place that encouraged students to loiter.”

The public unveiling and dedication will feature light refreshments and a tour of the recently opened Chinook Hall. The artists and members of the BCAC will be available to answer questions about the works of art.

Chinook Hall is located at 931 NW Reiman Ave., in Corvallis.

“The pandemic slowed the process down,” said Marc Rose, LBCC Welding Department chair. “But that also gave us time so we didn’t rush to create something. Renee had the idea to add benches and really make this a place for people to gather.”

This project was made possible by BCAC’s efforts, a $2,000 grant from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, as well as other donations from community members. In addition to the sculptures, there are three Emily Steele sculptures on permanent loan from The Arts Center that will also be on display at Chinook Hall.