Richland will be closed on Fridays during the summer semester.
The David Erlanson Art Gallery opened with its first show in the fall of 2000, and is located in the center of the Richland Community College campus and is used to display artwork of students, faculty, and professional artists. Each month a new artist is featured and the public is invited to a reception honoring the artist.
As an educational tool, the gallery provides an opportunity for students, staff and community members to see the work of some of the state's leading professional artists. Since its inception it has been the goal of the gallery to feature work that is challenging, thoughtful and conceptually stimulating. It is hoped that it will serve as an arena where a dialogue may occur between the artwork and viewers. An effort has also been made to expose patrons to a variety of media. In its brief history, the gallery's shows have included nearly every traditional medium as well as installation and multimedia work.
Annual student and faculty shows are also featured, and the gallery space has served as a stage for other arts events such as readings and dramatic performances. The David Erlanson Gallery offers an important laboratory experience for students studying the visual arts and is an important asset to Richland Community College's Associate in Fine Arts program.
Patrons of the arts enjoy a new exhibit at the David Erlanson Art Gallery roughly once a month. Visit the gallery’s Facebook page for details about current and upcoming exhibits.
Since 2000, the David Erlanson Art Gallery has hosted a variety of artists and exhibits including art with an international exposure, art produced in the trenches of war, as well as items created by students and faculty of Richland Community College. Visit our Facebook page for selected images from previous shows.
In addition to the gallery, permanently installed art is displayed throughout Richland’s campus. From graphic prints to paintings, art by former Richland students and professionals helps beautify the college. Please take note and enjoy as you navigate around campus.
Richland Community College is located on the northeast edge of Decatur, just off of Brush College Road. The nearest interstate access is I-72. Visitors should take exit 144 (IL 48). Turn south off the exit ramp onto Rt. 48 and then left at Brush College Road. Follow Brush College Road to Rea's Bridge Road. Turn left at Rea's Bridge and left again at the southeast entrance to the campus (College Park). To access the gallery, follow the drive to lot C (on left). A walkway at the northwest corner of the lot leads to the southeast entrance of Richland's main building. After passing through the second set of doors, the gallery is on the immediate left (rm. C139).
Fall and Spring Hours
10:00 am-3:00 pm
Open By Request - See Shirley Bond or Tonya Loveall in the CEHFA office, C162, to gain access to the gallery.
Jamie Rutherford, Facilitator
David Erlanson Gallery
Richland Community College
One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521