Journey beyond the expected

Illustration of blue and white pattern like ocean waves
Detail of Melanie Clemmons’ Likes Charge exhibition. Photo courtesy of Ariel Rene Jackson.

Our Art Gallery brings local, regional and national exhibitions to the campus, providing students and classes with an important research and learning tool. The gallery provides exposure to diverse works of art and ranges of artistic expression representing a variety of art forms, styles, periods, purposes, and locales. The gallery works in conjunction with art and other academic programs to show how art functions in a cultural context, whether contemporary or historical. Many student shows are also scheduled throughout the year, including the Senior Art Majors Exhibition and the Annual Juried Student Exhibition.

Schedule of Exhibitions

Image courtesy of the artist, Julie Anne Ward
Image courtesy of the artist, Julie Anne Ward

Spring 2022

Julie Anne Ward: Transformative Light*
February 3rd - March 1st
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 3rd from 4:30 - 6 pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 3rd at 1 pm in the Art Gallery

61st Annual Student Juried Exhibition: with guest juror Derrick Velasquez
March 10th - April 12th
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10th from 4:30 - 6 pm
Awards announced at 5:15 pm

Graduating Senior Communication Design + Studio Art Majors
April 21st - May 15th
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 21st from 4:30 - 6 pm

*This exhibition and events are generously sponsored by the Ballantine Visiting Artist Fund.

Fall 2021 

Cydnei Mallory
September 16 - October 21

  • Artist Talk: Thursday, September 16, 1 p.m. , Lyceum Auditorium, Center of Southwest Studies
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 16, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

October 28 - December 7

  • Artist Talk: Thursday, October 28, 1 p.m., Lyceum Auditorium, Center of Southwest Studies
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 28, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

About the space

The Art Gallery has approximately 130 lineal feet of display area, and is divided into a central gallery and two smaller adjacent wings. Clerestory windows located approximately 30 feet above the central gallery allow natural light to flood the gallery. Alternately, specially fitted blinds can block the natural light if a more controlled environment is desired.

Gallery Management

The Gallery Management course is an upper division course offered through the Department of Art & Design. This internship, in association with the Art Gallery, allows students to experience all aspects of gallery work, from developing publicity to designing and installing the exhibitions.

Contact Information

Art Gallery
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Gallery Director: Melissa Sclafani,

Phone: 970-247-7379

Gallery Hours

  • 11 am - 4 pm Monday - Thursday
  • Select Saturdays: February 26th, April 9th, + May 14th.

The Art Gallery and everyone at Fort Lewis College considers the health and safety of the community to be our highest priority. Please stay home if you are feeling ill and note that face masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you at the Art Gallery!