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 now accepting applications for 2018. If you are interested in showing your work, click HERE to learn more. Applications due by October 1, 2017.

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Main Gallery: “The Western Slope Watercolor Exhibit”
The Gunnison Arts Center is pleased to host The First Western Slope Exhibition sponsored by the Colorado Watercolor Society. The exhibition is open for entries from all dues paying members of the Colorado Watercolor Society located on the Western Slope. Current participants are a diverse group of professional and nationally known artists to novices and students.

We invite all with a yearning to learn and expand their creative expression to join the Colorado Watercolor Society and meet with the Western Slope group to participate in exciting watercolor workshops, meetings and exhibits.

To become a member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, visit their website at For more information about entry submissions for The First Western Slope Exhibition, contact Karen Hill at Submission deadline is July 1, 2017.

IMG_0357Upper Gallery: Tiny Treasures “Fortune Cookie Quotes”
Celebrate the little things in life! For the third year in a row, the GAC’s fundraiser, Tiny Treasures, really is proof that good things DO come in small packages. Featuring a plethora of tiny treasures on canvas, all created by local artists. Treasures will be on sale at affordable prices all month where 100% of the profit goes to the GAC. A theme has been added this year; artists will pick a fortune cookie quote to use for inspiration.

The Crown..September

Main Gallery: Cheryl Pettigrew “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
Cheryl Pettigrew, a long time Gunnison resident and Western graduate spends much of her free time engaged in her passion for painting. As a strictly oil painter, she often uses the help of her son’s to build and stretch her large canvases. Cheryl has exhibited her work in New York and has won several awards. In this exhibit she will be showing a recent series of biblical scenes including the heavens and angels.

Upper Gallery: Permanent Collection Exhibit
The Gunnison Arts Center is home to an ever evolving collection of artwork. The Permanent Collection includes a variety of works by Colorado artists, donor collections and more. This exhibit will feature the Collection in a celebrated dynamic way, showcasing Mother Earth and colorful Colorado in all its seasons.


Main Gallery: Six Points Exhibit
This exhibit provides a wonderful opportunity for the clients of Six Points Training and Evaluation – a local non-profit providing education, training, assistance and support to all adults with special needs and their families – to display their efforts and creativity to the entire community. These individuals have been working on their own personal body of work and will have them on display the whole month of October. Their work will be silent auctioned off beginning at 5 pm and ending at 8 pm on October 6th during the ArtWalk. Art sale proceeds go back to the individual artists!

Upper Gallery: Open Community Show “Autumn’s Delight”
Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile. Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now let’s have our October eves. Every fall the Gunnison Arts Center holds an annual Open Show. “Autumn’s Delight” will feature themed work in all mediums and sizes. Open Shows give local and emerging artists the opportunity to submit their work for display in a dynamic and diverse community exhibit. Each artist is allowed a maximum of 3 entries. $10/entry or $8/members. Visit the GAC website for complete submission info. Drop-off dates are 9/29 & 9/30 during GAC open hours.


Main Gallery: Western State Colorado University B.F.A. Exhibition
Delaney Adrian and Kassia Lawrence

The Western State Colorado University Department of Art offers degree programs in diverse emphases that are grounded in the fundamentals of art and design. Both B. A. and B.F.A. programs are offered and implemented around student’s needs, desires and experiences. A brand new Masters in Gallery Management and Exhibit Specialization program in under way in its second successful year. With a remodel of their current building on campus, the university is home to the new Quigley Gallery as well as a multitude of updated studios and exciting professors. The collaboration between the University’s Art Department and the Gunnison Arts Center continues this month with Delaney Adrian and Kassia Lawrence, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Student Exhibition.

Upper Gallery: Matt Burt “Around the Valley, Across the World” Photography
Local photographer Matt Burt will be exhibiting his bright colorful photographs in the historical Upper Gallery. While specializing in landscapes and portraits, Matt also dives into adventure sports including mountain climbing, skiing and cycling. This exhibit will include local scenes as well as scenes from around the world, inviting the viewer to experience travel on a new level.

December 5th – 23rd

Holiday Market Bazaar
The popular annual Holiday Market Bazaar is back this December and is one stop that must make your shopping list! The Holiday Market will be featured in the Main Gallery beginning on Tuesday, December 5th and open during GAC open hours until December 23rd. This Bazaar 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! The GAC is now accepting artist applications to join the Market. Application deadline is November 17th.