Art Galleries of 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.

First Friday ArtWalk & Gallery Openings: Gallery openings are celebrated during the First Friday of every month. Stroll down Main Street of beautiful, historic Gunnison from 5 – 8 pm on the First Friday of the month to visit unique galleries, art, artists and musicians. Join us in the Galleries of the Gunnison Arts Center for an opening reception with our featured artists and live music.

Are you an artist looking to display your work in the Galleries? The GAC is now accepting applications for 2019. If you are interested in showing your work, click HERE to learn more. Submissions due by August 1, 2018. — NOW Extended to September 1, 2018.



December 4th – 22nd
Main Gallery: Holiday Market

The popular annual Holiday Market is back this December and is one stop that must make your shopping list! The Holiday Market will be featured in the Main Gallery and is full of wonderful and unique handmade gifts and art created by local artists at all price ranges. It’s a gallery wide event featuring various mediums from paintings to pottery and jewelry plus more!



December Upper Gallery: “Out There”
Photography by Megan West & Tyler Williams

From their first trip to Moab, to their latest trip to Switzerland, this exhibit is a collection of photographs of Megan & Tyler’s adventures through life together. “Out there things can happen and frequently do… and when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along, you’ll start happening too.” ~ Dr. Seuss
















January 4 – 28
Main Gallery: Open Community Show “Colorado Wildlife”

Our amazing state offers some of the most beautiful wildlife found in North America. This Open Community show will feature just that. Showcase your best artwork in this month’s Open show “Colorado Wildlife”. Open Shows give local and emerging artists the opportunity to submit their work for display in a dynamic and diverse way. Each artist is allowed a max of three entries within the theme and all mediums are welcome. $10/entry, $8/members. Submission dates: 12/19 – 12/21. Please drop-off all artwork with your name, title, medium and price located on the back.

*Photograph by Arden Anderson.






Upper Gallery: Gunnison Arts Center Staff & Instructor Show
Every winter, the Gunnison Arts Center celebrates the talent that makes up the core of the organization with an annual Staff and Instructor exhibit. These amazing local artists and educators bring life to the Gunnison Arts Center through their commitment to their community and students. May this creative exhibit inspire wonder, joy and the courage to explore yourself through art… it may just move you to take a class with us this year!















February 1 – 25
Main & Upper Galleries: Gunnison Elementary School Picasso Art Show

This year the Gunnison Elementary School will bring Picasso to the class rooms! Each student will create their very own works of art based of the stylings of famous painter, Pablo Picasso and will showcase their own work in a gallery wide setting for the community in both the Main and Upper Galleries this February. Come on out to support art in our schools and the future budding artists of our community.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ Pablo Picasso.

















March 1 – 29
Main Gallery: Developing “Narrative” in the Arts
A Student & Faculty Exhibition of Work From Italy 2018

The works presented in this exhibition re-envision the concept of the narrative in a contemporary application. Using various media including drawing, painting, jewelry, computer images and performance these re-envisioning’s of the narrative use powerful visual references to provoke thoughts, rouse feeling and are expressive of the artist’s individual experiences in and about Italy.








Upper Gallery: Open Community Show “Clay Adventures”
The GAC is holding an open show just for our ceramic lovers! Whether you are a sculptor, a potter, or an all-around ceramic artist, this gallery wide exhibit will showcase all things “clay”. Open Shows give local and emerging artists the opportunity to submit their work for display in a dynamic and diverse way. Each artist is allowed a max of five entries. $8/entry, $5/members. Visit GAC website for complete info.
Submission dates: 2/21 & 2/22.


















April 5 – 29
Main Gallery: Gunnison High School Senior Excellence Exhibit

Every April, the GAC fills its Main Gallery with the young creative minds of the Gunnison High School. This show serves two purposes: firstly, to provide senior artists within the third and fourth year art program, a creative “capstone” experience in which to display their efforts. Secondly, we also invite junior art students, currently in the third year level art, to exhibit their top favorite chosen work to exhibit – as to include them in this enriching experience and to prepare them for their Senior year. Each artist’s unique style is accentuated through the use of many different medias.







Upper Gallery: Spring Bling Jewelry Fair
You could never have enough bling! Inspired by the amazing fashion icon Iris Apfel and new this year, Johnny Bling, the Upper Gallery will be filled with jewelry from local artists for the whole month of April. There will be something for everyone in this Jewelry Fair! Are you a jeweler looking for a creative way to sell your work or get your name out there? This may be the perfect start. The GAC is now accepting applications to join the Fair. Booth fee $20, $15/members. Applications available soon.
Please submit your application by 3/21 or 3/22.