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Current exhibit

In the Footsteps of Charles Heaney, by Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff. View the current exhibit »

Helzer Gallery exterior

The Helzer Gallery is named for Richard (Dick) Helzer (1940-2006). Helzer spent 37 years at Portland Community College, first teaching ceramics at the Sylvania Campus, then starting the Art program at Rock Creek. At PCC, he taught sculpture and drawing, oversaw the art gallery and served as a mentor to young faculty and countless students. He was funny, wise and passionate about his work. His sculptures can be found on the Rock Creek Campus as well as in public and private collections across the Northwest and nationwide.

Helzer received his degree from Portland State University, where he studied with sculptor Frederick Littmann (1907-1979), learning from him a deep appreciation of such artists as Auguste Rodin, Aristide Maillol and Henry Moore. Helzer worked in stone, clay, wood and metals with equal fluency, but he was a carver at heart. His most ambitious sculptures start with elemental tools and materials.

For more information contact Prudence Roberts, Helzer Gallery Director, at 971-722-7118.