New Art Gallery to Open this Fall

After nearly 35 years, the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery is relocating from the third floor of J-Building to the college’s former bookstore on the building’s first floor.
The new space is almost three times the size of the old, said Joe Milosevich, JJC fine arts professor and gallery director. In addition to the larger size, the gallery is also equipped with a storage area—an amenity the prior space did not have.
“The larger space will be especially beneficial for student shows like the annual high school exhibit and the juried student show,” Milosevich said. “More students will have the room to show more of their pieces.”
The new space is also more accessible than the former, he said. Located at the main entrance into J-Building, the gallery will be easier for visitors to find. In fact, the gallery hours will be extended during theatre productions and concerts for guests to visit during intermissions.
“The new gallery has been a long time coming. Since I started here in 1979, there has talk about expansion, said Milosevich. “I’m very excited about it. It’s a wonderful room and it’ll be a beautiful space to show.”
The first exhibition is scheduled for mid-September.
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