Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art

For many years, the Department of Art and Design was spread out among a number of buildings and never had a formal gallery. In 1969, John C. Thorns, Jr. first presented his vision to the college administration for a regional art museum with educational laboratories to house the Department of Art. With the completion of Rarick Hall in the spring of 1981, Thorns’ vision was realized.

When it first opened, the gallery was called the Visual Arts Center Gallery. It was rededicated the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art on October 11, 1987, during the annual homecoming activities. The gallery was renamed for Joel C. Moss (chair of the department from 1946 to 1973) and John C. Thorns, Jr. (chair from 1973 to 1990).

Located on the first floor of Rarick Hall, the Moss-Thorns Gallery is home to various student art exhibits, faculty shows and traveling exhibits throughout the year. During the fall and spring, the gallery is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

FALL 2013 Events

July 29 - Sept. 12  Ned Day MFA Thesis Exhibition
Reception, Friday, August 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Fall Gallery Walk)
Aug. 23 - Sept. 20  "Mixed Media Installation", Randy Regier, Guest Artist    (Downtown Railroad Park) 
Oct. 3 - Oct. 25  Matt Ballou, Guest Artist, Painting
Reception. Thursday, October 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Nov. 1 - Nov. 22  Annual Art Faculty Exhibition
Reception, Friday, November 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Dec. 6 - Dec. 20  BFA Studio Exhibition 
Reception, Friday, December 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Winter Gallery Walk)

SPRING 2014 Events

Jan. 3 - Jan. 24  Obdulia Lopez MFA Thesis Exhibition
Closing Reception, Friday,January 24,7:00-9:00 p.m.
Jan. 31 - Feb. 21  Interior Design ASID Student Chapter Exhibition
Reception, Friday, January 31, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Feb. 28 - March 21  Graphic Design BFA Exhibition
Reception, Friday, February 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
April 4 - April 18  Annual Student Honors Exhibition
Reception, Friday, April 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
April 16  Annual High School Art Exhibition
Gross Memorial Coliseum, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
April 25 - May 16  Sharon McCoy MFA Thesis Exhibition
Reception, Friday, April 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Spring Gallery Walk)

 SUMMER 2014 Events

May 20 - May 29  Michaela Valli (Groeblacher) Thesis Exhibition  
June 9- June 20  Josh Knott MFA Thesis Exhibition
Closing Reception, Friday, June 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  (Summer Gallery Walk)
June 27 - July 17  Christina Lamoureaux MFA Thesis Exhibition
Reception, Friday, June 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m.


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