Galleries

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.

The GAC’s gallery spaces are well suited to private parties and social events and are available for rent.

Dance Studio

From ballet to tap and hip hop to aerial, movers and shakers of all ages and skill levels will find something they enjoy at the Gunnison Arts Center School of Dance! Offering classes, workshops and events. Monthly Dance “AND Series Events” held in the dance studio during the winter, and on the outdoor courtyard during the summer months.

All classes are held in the GAC Dance Studio at 102 S. Main St. Second Floor.

Clay Studio

The Gunnison Arts Center Clay Studio is housed in the new addition, with lots of natural light and easy access via the GAC courtyard. The Clay Studio offers a variety of classes, paint your own pottery sessions, private lessons and independent study opportunities for children and adults. The studio space includes seven potters’ wheels, two kilns, and all the equipment of a top-notch ceramics studio. Classes are offered year-round in three trimesters: Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer. Class offerings include wheel throwing and handbuilding instruction with a wide variety of skills and techniques for different age groups and skill levels. Workshops with guest artists are offered throughout the year. Paint Your Own Pottery events are held monthly and once a week during the summer months.

Visual Arts Studios

The Gunnison Arts Center Visual Arts Program offers youth and adults a variety of classes to choose from year-round. The after-school art classes for youth compliment and build upon skills learned in the K-12 art programs, offering opportunities to work in a variety of mediums. Weekend workshops for residents, regional artists and visitors are offered throughout the year. There is always a new class to choose from as well as continuing favorites. The GAC brings visiting artists from around the country to share their techniques with art students of all levels in the Gunnison Valley. Have fun in the once-a-month AND Series Events, where adults can enjoy a cocktail while learning a new art form. 

Black Box Theatre

The Black Box Theater located in the historic section of the Gunnison Arts Center is the perfect setting for the Performing Arts! Featuring live music, a monthly Moonlight Concert Series, monthly films, community plays, youth acting camps, literary readings, poetry slams, and more! 

With a seating capacity of 72, it is available for rent by outside theater companies and groups. Youth and adult theater classes and programming are offered year-round and there are always opportunities for local thespians and directors to get involved. Be sure you’re on our weekly e-mail list to receive notices about upcoming auditions and events. 

Interested in booking your band? Email Program Director Alysa VandenHeuvel at alysa@gunnisonartscenter.org

Literary Arts

The Gunnison Arts Center Literary Arts Program is for readers, writers, poets and lovers of books! Our program offers a variety of classes, poetry readings and book talks to choose from year-round. Students of all levels will find something to enjoy. 

Monthly Literary Workshop Series: Click HERE for full schedule.

Book Talk Group: Anyone is welcome to join the monthly book talk meetings held on the first Thursday of each month. View the Book Talk list January – June 2020.

February 6: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

March 5: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

April 2: Crooked House by Agatha Christie

May 7: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

June 4: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Bladwin

The Courtyard

The GAC’s outdoor courtyard includes a raised stage with unique outdoor lighting and beautiful flowers during the summer months. Summer art classes, AND Series events, live music, and more are offered on the courtyard. This space is available to rent for private parties, graduation parties, wedding receptions, and more.

First Friday ArtWalk & Music

The Gunnison Arts Center’s monthly ArtWalks feature musicians performing live in the Main Gallery during colder months and on the outdoor Courtyard Stage June – September. Complete with a bar (indoor and outdoor) and dance floor space (outdoor), these fun one-night concerts are paired with gallery openings not to miss!

Interested in booking your band? Contact Program Director Alysa VandenHeuvel at alysa@gunnisonartscenter.org.

Sundays @ 6 FREE Concert Series

Join us under the big trees of Legion Park on the corner of Tomichi Avenue and Teller Street on Sunday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for FREE live music and community family fun. This long standing tradition has continued over the year, come rain or shine, featuring the music of local and regional bands. See you there!

2020 Season: Sundays, June 14 – August 23.

Interested in booking your band? Contact Program Director Alysa VandenHeuvel at alysa@gunnisonartscenter.org.

“Art ignites imagination and expands our world.”