The LBCC Art Gallery provides exhibitions and cultural programming that are not only relevant, but vital to our students’ academic, social, emotional, and cultural well-being. The exhibition’s held in the LBCC Art Gallery address issues of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in a direct and meaningful way. Exhibitions, visiting artist lectures and panel discussions are organized to serve as a forum to engage with ideas that are critical to the social, political, and cultural lives of LBCC students, faculty, staff, administration, and the surrounding community.
The content of the art exhibitions and programming at LBCC art gallery are carefully selected to evoke students’ creative imagination. In prioritizing the art created by members of historically marginalized groups becomes an act of subversion toward the racist colonial past from which museums and curatorial practices emerged out of. The college experience, especially for underserved communities is made more meaningful by seeing themselves reflected in the art spaces. The art gallery also provides professional development opportunities for students, by participating first-hand through work-study opportunities, internships, related coursework, clubs, and volunteer work; the art gallery allows students to develop professional skills that will prepare them for career opportunities in the art industry and thus cultivate a new generation of art professionals.
The gallery programming includes the annual Student Show and a bi-annual Faculty Exhibition, the LBCC Art Gallery has a rich history of presenting exhibitions featuring national and international artists. Gallery exhibitions are complemented by visiting artist lectures, panel discussions, walk-throughs, performances, and other educational programming to enhance learning opportunities for students, faculty staff, administration, and the surrounding community. In conclusion, the LBCC Art Gallery is a site of connection, discovery, intersectionality, and of active civic engagement that enriches the LBCC community.