The gallery system at Cedar Crest College contributes to the cultural quality and overall experience of all of our students and faculty. Our gallery exhibitions enliven the campus, displaying works by local artists with roots and connections in the community, as well as nationally known artists. As a factor in each student’s liberal arts experience, the gallery system becomes a vehicle for inspiring dialogue across academic disciplines. It also serves the community, as the viewing of exhibits is open to all—College and community members alike.
The mission of the campus galleries is to present exhibitions that introduce our community to innovative ideas and timely concepts about the practice of making art. Our exhibition programming leans toward contemporary art that directly relates to the art major curriculum.
The art department oversees multiple exhibition spaces throughout the campus. The activities in these galleries are intimately woven into the fabric of the art department, bringing the work of artists with local, national and international exhibition records to campus, as well as hosting artists and critics as guest lecturers. These visiting artists also interact with students in group critiques and studio workshops. Cedar Crest’s registered arboretum also serves as a site for rotating outdoor sculpture exhibits. Here are the galleries currently on campus.
The Center for Visual Research at the Lachaise Gallery showcases exhibitions of contemporary art work, curated by the art department faculty. The Lachaise Gallery at Cedar Crest College, located in the Miller Family Building opened in 1997.
The Capstone Gallery, located in Alumnae Hall Center for the Arts, was established for student exhibitions. Students have the opportunity to propose and create exhibitions within this space—complete with opening receptions—under the guidance of the art department faculty. It is curated by art department faculty.
In addition to the student-organized shows, there are regularly scheduled shows relating to the curriculum of the art department throughout the year. These shows include:
The Capstone Gallery also houses the art department’s collection of handmade books and prints from the Artist in Residence program.