The Permanent Collection offers something of value for a wide variety of visitors with its broad representation of periods, styles and cultures. Initially formed in 1973, the permanent collection was significantly expanded in 1986 with contributions by Rachel and Allen Weller, and by Ruth and Ira Julian, dedicated art collectors. Recently, Dr. A. Kelly Maness Jr. expanded the holdings with the contribution of a noteworthy collection of African sculpture. Spanning more than 4000 years and four continents, the permanent collection now includes more than 1500 original works of art by more than 600 artists.
The collections serve as a primary source of knowledge and inspiration for use by students and the community at large. While 20th century American art is predominant, the collection also includes internationally renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso and Dalí, works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, an impressive selection of contemporary Polish etchings and engravings, and a small collection of Josef and Anni Albers art and archival material.
The Art Gallery encourages faculty and students to utilize its resources and seeks to integrate its activities into the College’s academic program and curricular initiatives. In addition to serving the needs of the College community, the Art Gallery is committed to making its collections and programming widely available at no charge.
to view current collections in the Art Gallery.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays (during the academic year)
Atrium galleries and vitrine displays are open during Hege Library hours, call (336) 316-2438 (recorded message) or (336) 316-2251. The Art Gallery is closed during College holidays.
Admission: Admission to the Art Gallery is free. Access for disabled visitors is via a ramp at the north side of the building.
Gallery Tours: Tours may be scheduled by appointment.
For more information about scheduling a tour, email Theresa Hammond in advance, or call 336.316.2438.
Fifth Alumni Art Exhibition and Exchange
September 3 - December 5, Art Gallery, Hege Library
Held approximately every 4 years, the exhibition is open to all artists having attended classes in the Guilford College art department, and other Guilford alumni currently working as professional artists. This year's exhibition features sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking and woodworking by more than 40 alumni artists from class years ranging from 1961 to 2013, who now live across the United States.
related events and programming
Fifth Alumni Art Exchange
Friday, October 31, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Art Gallery, Hege Library
For the first time, this year’s Alumni Art Exchange is being presented in conjunction with the College’s Homecoming celebration, October 31 - November 2. Guilford College art alumni who have established successful careers in the arts will return to campus to share their experiences with current students in a day-long series of events. The day’s events conclude with a reception for the Alumni Exhibition from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Guilford College Art Gallery, located in Hege Library; followed by jazz on the lawn.
Double Vision: Perspectives from Palestine
September 5 - October 18, McMichael Atrium, Founders Hall
A multimedia exhibition of photographs, video, written narratives, and audio providing a provocative picture of life in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem from the perspective of Palestinian youth and professional human rights photographer Todd Drake.
October 1 - December 5, Robert C. Ketner Vitrines, Hege Library
The black & white photographic portraits of people with various physical impairments promote individualization. Co-sponsored by the College’s Diversity Action Committee, the exhibition and visit by artist Brian Charles Steel are offered in conjunction with National Disability Awareness Month and an on-campus workshop/conference of NC AHEAD (North Carolina Association on Higher Education and Disability) October 2-3. Steel, who was born with congenital fiber type disproportion, created Impaired Perceptions to challenge misperceptions often had of people like himself who have physical impairments, and to open the doors for critical dialogue about ableism.
Annual Student Art Show
November 6 - December 3, Bauman Galleries, Founders Hall
The Department of Art 's Annual Student Show will open in Founders Hall Bauman Galleries with a reception on Thursday evening, Nov. 6, and the show will remain on display through December 3.