Programs

Inside the Art Gallery with artist Syd Mead

Artist-in-Residence

The annual Artist-In-Residence program brings nationally and internationally renowned artists to Pasadena City College for a full week of activities plus an exhibit their of work in the art gallery.  During their stay on campus, artists give a public lecture and interact with PCC students; this might include open studios, collaborative projects, workshops, additional lectures or critiques of student work. Each artist-in-residence has donated a work to the college at the close of their residency: most of these are permanently displayed in the Shatford library. Participating artists have included Jose Luis Cuevos, Syd Mead, Faith Ringgold, Alexis Smith, Wayne Thiebaud, Masami Teroaka, the Futurefarmers collective and William Wegman, among others.

Artist-In-Residence website.

Annual Student Scholarship Exhibition

The Visual Arts and Media Studies division hosts a scholarship competition each Spring semester. Qualifying students of academic and artistic merit compete for sizable awards. Scholarship recipients are further honored with an exhibition of their work.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Each year the gallery holds a student art competition that is open to all students who have enrolled in a course in the Visual Arts and Media Studies division that year.  A guest juror, typically a distinguished gallery director, curator or art critic, selects and installs a show from the submitted artwork, and awards cash prizes to outstanding student artists. The competition is open to work in all media.  Jurors have included Russell Ferguson, Julie Joyce, Howard Fox, Rita Gonzalez, Gail Swanlund, Jan Tumlir and Doug Harvey.

Student Summer Exhibitions

Through the Art 75 course, the gallery offers a summer exhibition series that gives students an opportunity to create their own art exhibits. This program, funded by a grant from The Pasadena Art Alliance, provides our students with an opportunity to practice all the steps an artist or curator takes in order to successfully mount an exhibition.  Students learn about exhibition design, gallery preparation and curatorial practice from direct experience, as they plan, install, promote and document a gallery show of their own work.