Hartnell College Gallery

The Hartnell College Gallery presents a wide range of exhibitions of art from contemporary, historical and culturally diverse sources. The goal of the Exhibitions Program is to bring works that will inform and enrich student learning within the Hartnell Art Department disciplines, as well as the broader community served by Hartnell College. A large Student Show by Hartnell students concludes each academic year.

The Gallery welcomes Hartnell College students, staff, and the community. Entry is free.

Our History


Hartnell College is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in California. Founded in 1920 as Salinas Junior College


Leon Amyx was hired as the first art instructor for the new college in 1936 and, beginning in 1937, assembled the group of works on paper from the San Francisco Area WPA (Works Progress Administration) that is a core holding of the Hartnell College collection. These pieces were used for instruction and displayed in various College offices around the campus.


The school was renamed Hartnell College in 1948, and the Hartnell Community College District was established the following year. The College


Amyx, and two other Hartnell art instructors, Joe Bragdon and Robert Butterbaugh, established a gallery in the original WPA building located on Homestead Ave. The small space allowed exhibitions to be presented. A notable event was an exhibition and workshop by Ansel Adams.


Plans for an expanded arts curriculum and a new arts building (now Building J), including a large art gallery, were initiated in the early 1970’s. The new facility was dedicated in 1977. Since then, under the directorship of Gary Smith and Eric Bosler, exhibitions have been organized regularly.

Funding for Gallery programs comes through the Hartnell College Foundation and the Burrell Leonard Bequest. Additional donations from individuals are an important source of funding that enables us to offer a wide range of exhibitions and programs that enrich Hartnell students and our community.

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Located in the 400 block of West Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901


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