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 2020. If you are interested in showing your work, click HERE to learn more. Submissions due by September 1, 2019.

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. Support your local artist: there will be something for everyone in this Jewelry Fair!

May 3 – 31
Main Gallery: “Spiritual Journeys: Perspectives from Crestone”

Spiritual Journeys is a group show organized by and includes the work of 16 members exploring art, spirituality and the spirit of a unique place. Crestone, at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is internationally known for both its Natural beauty and over 30 spiritual centers. An intermingling of diverse traditions and a vibrant quietude provide inspiration to these artists. Spiritual Journeys will immerse viewers on a deep, basic, and non-denominational level. It is an invitation to deepen sacred relationships with each other and universal energies.

Upper Gallery: “Efflorescence” by Molly Darby
Efflorescence describes a collection of floral portraits communicating the development of the self and reflecting a corresponding growth in identity. This artful series is defined by abstracted designs that lead the audience through a visual journey of physical, emotional, and spiritual advancement. The overall exhibit inspires an idea of “flowering out”; becoming and embracing who we are as unique individuals.

June 7 – 29
Main Gallery: “Rockin’ the Arts” Celebrating Hartman Rocks and Other Open Spaces by Jim Ulrich

New Mexico artist, Jim Ulrich spends his summers in Gunnison, painting and running the trails at Hartman Rocks. After a career in banking, Jim threw caution to the wind in 2009 to begin painting full time. He creates landscapes and seascapes ‘en plein air’ as well as in the studio. He has trained with Ken Auster, Joshua Been, Scott Christensen, and many more. This exhibit celebrates the features of Hartman’s as well as the Van Tuyl Loop and Mill Creek. One percent of proceeds will benefit Gunnison Trails His work can be seen at Weems Gallery in Albuquerque or at his web site

Upper Gallery: “Zen” Open Community Show
Zen, a path that takes discipline, motivation, practice, and dedication, can be applied to many aspects of all our lives. This summer, take that path with the Gunnison Arts Center by finding inspiration in bringing the Zen practice into your own artwork at this uniquely themed Open Community Show. 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 3 entries within the theme and all mediums of 2D and 3D works are welcome. $10/entry, $8/members. Visit GAC website for complete info. Submission dates: 5/30, 5/31 & 6/1.

July 7 – 27

Sponsored by Paul and Enid Holden in its 4th year, this invitation is a collaborative effort to provide an accessible community venue and opportunity for talented local artists to exhibit and discuss their artwork. Artists’ presentations will begin at 6 pm during the First Friday ArtWalk and gallery opening.

Main Gallery: “Surroundings” by Dave Kozlowski
Long time local Dave Kozlowski grew up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY with frequent trips to nature facilitated by his parents who were amateur photographers. Their influence created a passion for Dave, who personally struggled with the art form due to the volume of photographers. The passion never left his soul and in the Spring of 2014 he decided to pursue photography full-time. He is top tier contract photographer for Crested Butte Mountain Resort, vacation memory maker for Eleven Experience and in his spare time wanders the valley seeking to create imagery that stirs emotions. His work has been featured by Nikon USA, Redbull, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Mountain Flyer, Alpinist, Eleven Experience and others.

Upper Gallery: “Needle Art for the Artistically Challenged”
by Valerie Stahl

This exhibit will inspire even the most artistically challenged person to experience the satisfaction and intricacies of needle art. For years, Valerie Stahl has felt artistically challenged, then she discovered needle art kits and the rest is history. Valerie will illustrate two types of needlework in this exhibit; crewel embroidery and needlepoint. Viewers will see a collection of original framed pictures, samplers and decorative pillows, as well as an in-progress needlepoint project.

August 2 – 31
Main Gallery: “A Splash of Colorado”

Hosted by the Western Slope Chapter of the Colorado Watercolor Society (“CWS”), the CWS presents “A Splash of Colorado 2019,” a predominantly watermedia exhibition of original paintings created by artists residing in Colorado. This is an opportunity to share your best paintings representing the diverse styles and techniques of the watercolor medium. The show will be juried by Colorado artist Peggy Morgan Stenmark. Peggy will announce the exhibit’s awards at the reception during the First Friday ArtWalk in August, as well as hold a one-day workshop the following day at the Center for the Arts Crested Butte.
The exhibit is open to all Colorado artists; membership in the Colorado Watercolor Society is encouraged. All those interested in submitting artwork for consideration should visit the CWS’s website for the prospectus and rules regarding entries for the show and registration for the workshop.

Upper Gallery: Tiny Treasures “Mother Earth”
Celebrate the little things in life! The GAC’s annual Tiny Treasures gallery fundraiser is back in its fifth year. The Upper Gallery will feature a plethora of tiny artwork on canvas, watercolor paper, and more, all created by local novice and professional artists. These treasures will be on sale at affordable prices all month where 100% of the profit will benefit the GAC. This year’s theme will focus on our Mother Earth, showcasing her in all her glory, from her highest mountain tops, to her big blue oceans.