The Art Gallery or the Art Museum is a building or an exhibition space for art, usually visual art. Museums may be public or private, but what distinguishes a museum is the ownership of a collection.
Paintings are the most commonly displayed objects of art; however, sculpture, decorative arts, furniture, textiles, costumes, drawings, pastels, aquariums, collages, prints, artist’s books, photographs and installation art are also regularly shown. Although it is primarily concerned with providing a space for displaying works of visual art, art galleries are sometimes used to host other artistic activities, such as performing arts, music concerts or poetry readings.
- What They Offer
The LH Horton Jr Gallery is a program of fine art exhibitions in the Visual Arts Department of San Joaquin Delta College and the Delta Center for the Arts. Six exhibitions are presented annually, including a series of three jury exhibitions (ceramics, painting & sculpture and photography), a biennial faculty and alumni show, a thematic small group show and an annual student art show.
The Gallery offers excellent exhibition opportunities for local, regional and national artists, lenders and guest curators. Six exhibitions are presented annually, including a series of three jury exhibitions (ceramics, painting & sculpture and photography), a biennial faculty and alumni show, a thematic small group show and an annual student art show. Admission to the Gallery is free and open to the public.
The Gallery’s roots can be traced back to the winter of 1969, when the Art Department launched the Artists in Residence program. This program invited the best artists from Northern California to work directly with students and generated the momentum needed to set up an official exhibition space on campus. The SJDC Fine Arts Gallery was founded in 1975 as part of the Shima Center for the Promotion of Professional and Contemporary Art.
This original gallery was successful in offering exhibitions and continuing residency programming in 1987. In 1988, the space was unfortunately refurbished for non-art use. The Gallery remained closed until 1997 due to a lack of financial support. Quality arts programming re-emerged in the late 1990s with the strengthening of the Fine Arts Division and the need for student and community exhibitions.