David Erlanson Art Gallery
The David Erlanson Art Gallery 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.
The gallery opened with its first show in the fall of 2000. Since then, many visiting exhibitors and patrons have commented on what an attractive and impressive exhibition space it is. The space's remarkable transformation from a humble smoker's lounge into an art gallery was made possible through a capital renewal grant from the State of Illinois.
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.