Art Galleries at the Gunnison Arts Center

Every month, the galleries at the Gunnison Arts Center are filled with local and visiting artists exhibitions. Ranging from photography, sculpture, paintings, installations, community open shows and more, there is always something new and fresh to view and experience. The Main Gallery is located on the main floor in the historic portion of the building. The Upper Gallery, is located on the second floor with amazing natural light and great views of downtown Gunnison. The Galleries are free to enter and are open during regular operating hours.

Are you an artist looking to display your work in the Galleries? The GAC is always looking for artists to display. If you are interested in showing your work, click HERE to learn more.




Main Gallery: Nathan Motsinger “A Closer Perspective”
Being influenced by the process of layering, editing and creating spaces of the unknown, Lake City resident Nathan Motsinger drives his creativity from exploring topographical maps and observing the inner workings of viruses and disease. He uses various media to achieve personal connections with nature and create abstractions within the paint.

Upper Gallery: Gunnison Arts Center Staff & Instructor Show

The GAC’s talented staff and instructors come together to create an exhibition of their artistic side, displayed in the Upper Gallery for the month of January. These amazing local artists and educators bring life to the Gunnison Arts Center through their commitment to their community and students.









Main Gallery: “In Motion”
This exhibition presents dance related artwork in all mediums. “In Motion” will capture the moment of creative movement, expressing the flow and fluid motions and allowing the viewer to find a deeper connection to dance. Curated by Alysa VandenHeuvel, this show will feature local professional artists work, GAC permanent collection work and will also accept submissions for consideration. Contact if interested in submitting pieces.


Upper Gallery: “The Wild Horse” GAC Permanent Collection Work









Main Gallery: Jodie Bliss “Iron & Lace”
Jodie Bliss, owner of Bliss Studio & Gallery in Monument, Colorado, is a practicing artist blacksmith, metal fabricator and glass blower. She creates everything from fine art sculpture to custom gates, fences, security doors, signs and large scale public art. Jodie holds a B.F.A in Sculpture and a B.A in English from Western State Colorado University as well as a M.F.A in Sculpture from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. This show is a unique combination of several different series that Jodie has been developing over the past six years. Most of Jodie’s work investigates and celebrates strong women in one way or another. Jodie’s use of traditional black-smithing and metal fabrication tools and techniques used in non-traditional ways along with the blowing of glass directly into steel sculptures brings a unique style to her work that you won’t find elsewhere!

macaw-15%ef%80%a0x22-5%ef%80%a0Upper Gallery: Jennie Noreen “Colorado Wild Birds & Fish”
By incorporating both native and endangered species as well as introduced species, Gunnison native Jennie Noreen explores the paradox and contrast of human impacts on the environment. These bright colorful screen-prints on paper are rich with layers and textures.













Main Gallery: Gunnison High School Senior Excellence Show
Throughout their high school careers these emerging artists have created outstanding collections of work that will be displayed in the GAC’s Main Gallery during the month of April. Each artist’s unique style is accentuated through the use of many different mediums in 2 and 3 dimensional artwork. This fabulous exhibit is not to miss!

relatedUpper Gallery: “Related” Torrie Nickel and Spencer Nickel
“Related” traverses a narrative inspired by connections. In weaving together media such as aged river rocks and contemporary oil paints; in emphasizing key details within large scale; in blurring the boundaries between artist and curator; and in highlighting the evolution of work between father and daughter, this exhibit asks viewers to consider positive relationships within common juxtapositions.







Main Gallery: “Out of this World” Open Community Fashion & Art Show
The GAC’s popular fashion and art show is back for its 5th year! “Out of this World” will feature crazy avant-garde fashion designs and wall art. This wacky community open show will explore the world of fashion design and give local emerging artists and designers a way to exhibit their work. All fashion designs will be worn by models and strutted on the catwalk in the “Out of this World” Runway Show on Saturday, May 20th. Designers and artists can submit up to three entries. $10/entry, $8/members. Submissions due April 28 & 29. Gallery opening on First Friday Art Walk May 5th from 5 – 8 pm.

splash-w-fliesUpper Gallery: Karen Hill “End of the Line”
Local Gunnison watercolor artist and instructor, Karen R. Hill, will be presenting an exhibit entitled “End of the Line” featuring paintings and drawings inspired from fly fishing adventures she and her husband, Jay, have experienced while exploring and fishing many of the rivers within the Gunnison Valley.