The Exhibitions Program offers combinations of professionally produced exhibitions and fine arts-based events.
Exhibitions feature local, regional, national, and international artists, as well as arts organizations, in all disciplines and genres. Curators and collection lenders are also provided exhibition, arts education, and community outreach opportunities.
Exhibitions are often supplemented, and cross-collaborated with the Arts Education and Presenting Programs to develop educational and interactive components such as demonstrations, gallery talks, receptions, residencies, and workshops.
Five to seven featured exhibitions are scheduled in the Grand Galleries annually from September through July to comprise the Exhibition Season.
Each season includes a diversity of topics, media, expression, education, and stimulating experiences to best serve target audiences and the community-at-large. Our eclectic programming encourages curiosity, improves quality of life, rewards repeat patronage, and supports artists in our region.
Visit the Grand Galleries
Admission to the Grand Galleries is FREE and open to the public during public hours. On occasion, the Galleries may offer special programming that requires a reservation, paid ticket, or admission fee.
Personal and academic photography is permitted in most exhibitions. Video and special equipment such as tripods and lighting are prohibited.
Touching of artwork and objects in feature exhibits is typically prohibited. Food and beverages may be permitted with some programming.
Please contact Gallery Staff for permitted uses during feature exhibitions and events.
Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Galleries are closed on City holidays, in between featured exhibitions, and during the month of August. In addition, the Center is closed for City holidays and holiday breaks during Independence Day, Thanksgiving (Nov. 25-27, 2021), Christmas & New Year’s (Dec. 20, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022)
Free parking is available on nearby streets and public lots at 6th Street and Central Avenue. Patron drop-off and pick-up is available at the loading zone at the gallery entrance on Central Avenue. Disabled parking is available at the corner of Central Avenue and 7th Street. Please call ahead to address any special needs or bus parking.
Specialized gallery talks for featured exhibitions and Exhibitions Program operations are available upon request. Groups numbering up to 20 visitors are recommended. Please contact the Cultural Arts Supervisor to discuss your needs and schedule a private or group visit. Call 209.831.6278 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition Opportunities at the Grand
Featured exhibitions programming is developed from an on-going Call For Proposals. This process empowers artists, art educators, curators, collectives, gallerists, and collection lenders to be considered for exhibitions programming opportunities.
The community-based Exhibitions Program Advisory Committee serves in an advisory role, working under the direction of the Cultural Arts Supervisor in collaboration with the Grand Foundation, to review and recommend proposals for featured exhibitions and associated events.
Artists can also consider exhibiting individual or small groupings of works in our curated cooperative artspace called Art Co-Opted, located in the South Gallery. The Co-Op features combinations of original artwork, limited editions and artist-designed products with low price points ($500 and under) for a limited time only. As the Galleries are part of a larger interdisciplinary arts center fostering community involvement and life-learning, products incorporating arts education and art-making are encouraged. Local musicians, writers, poets, spoken word artists, new media artists, cartoonists and animators can also participate.
If you or your organization is interested in submitting a proposal, please download the current Call For Proposals for more information. This document contains information for both exhibition opportunities as well as a floor plan of the galleries. Please review it carefully and familiarize yourself with our programming in preparation of submitting a proposal.
The Cultural Arts Supervisor who directs the Exhibitions Program is available to assist you through the proposal process.
Recommended proposals remain active for approximately 18 months of scheduling. Artists that were previously recommended, but were not scheduled, are encouraged to update their proposal materials in order to remain active in our approved pool. Current proposals submitted for 2022-23 Season (and beyond) exhibition opportunities are anticipated to begin review in the spring of 2022.
The Grand Galleries Online & Webstore launched in November of 2020, featuring a curated selection of works across our programming, as well as online exclusives. This new project of the Exhibitions Program will bring additional opportunities for artists and makers to be featured, with all works available for sale.