ABOUT THE GALLERY
W elcome to the Edith Langley Barrett Art Gallery. Founded in 1980, the gallery serves the college and surrounding community with 4 primary exhibits in the fall and spring semesters, a dedicated work experience program for students, and one-day venues across the academic year. Guest artists with exhibits are primarily from upstate and NYC and present as individuals and groups.
Work experiences for student staff are developed to engage knowledge and skill from the majors and minors as well as international cultural experiences of our students. All students work with the leadership of senior students as Gallery Intern and Business Manager to provide exhibits, projects, schedules, and research in coordination with the director. All engage the learning and use of ever changing e-tools and processes for gallery productions. Research based exhibits and collection research are annual projects by students that connect one year to the next. Outreach for service to emerging arts festivals offer a chance to apply work skills and processes to our greater sense of community. Current and alumni-staff connect to expand our program offerings and meanings for their future considerations.
Barrett Art Gallery is located centrally within the lower level of the Library Concourse and shares the public spaces with Romano Garden. Open gallery hours are Mon – Fri 1 -5p and Sat 12 – 3p in the fall and spring semesters. The gallery is the academic home of the Artist-in-Residence program and the UC Art Collection.
Professor Edith Langley Barrett [1970 - 1973] established the gallery. She taught English from 1961 – 1972 and was known for launching the imagination and creative spirit of students. Barrett was born in Chicago and earned her degree in English from The University of Minnesota in 1947. Her academic expertise was American Romanticism and techniques for the novel. The second director was Professional Artist and Professor Joan Fiori Blanchfield [1973 – 1996]. Our third director was Professor of Art History Virginia Kelly [1996 – 2001]. The current director, and Artist-in-Residence, is Carolynne Whitefeather [2001-present].