The Center Gallery is located on the second floor of the College Center on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus (260 North Union St., Olean), the Center Gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 8am-7pm and Friday 8am-3pm. * The gallery is closed on all college holidays.
2017 Southern Tier Biennial Exhibition
Opening Reception, Saturday, September 23, 3-6pm Exhibition Runs through October 27, 2017 Presented by Jamestown Community College, CCAC, and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation through the generous sponsorship of the F. Donald Kenney Foundation.
Hundreds of artists have entered the Southern Tier Biennial (STB) over the last twelve years showcasing the vitality and diversity of contemporary art in the region. The 2017 STB promises to deliver another exceptional exhibition. Jurors Tullis Johnson, curator and manager of archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York, and nationally recognized fine artist Thomas Paquette from northwest Pennsylvania, reviewed submissions of 165 works from over 60 artists. They have selected work that continues the tradition of presenting a diverse group of artists for this regional survey of contemporary art in the nine counties of New York State’s Southern Tier. Johnson and Paquette will select a Best of Show winner and three Honorable Mention winners. The Best of Show winner receives $1,000 and will have a solo show in the Fall of 2018 with a four-color printed catalog and up to $1,000 for professional development (workshops, training, etc.), and up to $1,000 for show expenses. The Honorable Mention winners each receive $500. Join us for the dual exhibition opening on Saturday, September 23rd at 3 p.m. at the Olean Public Library Art Gallery for light refreshments and awards followed by an Art Party at 4:30 p.m. at the Center Gallery at Jamestown Community College on North Union Street in Olean featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and live entertainment. Both receptions are free and open to the public. Artists’ statements and photographs of their work are on the STB website.
From Turtle Island: Our Traditional Expressions A Native American Artworks Exhibition
Opening Reception, Friday, November 3, from 5-7pm Exhibition runs through December 7, 2017 Curated by Penelope Minner, Turtle Clan, and Peter Jones, Beaver Clan
Five of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) are represented in this exhibition. The artists hope to enlighten visitors to the past, present and future of their people and their traditions and raise the local and regional profiles of Native artists by sharing their traditional art forms. Dr. Patricia Briggs, Director of Jamestown Community College’s Center and Weeks Galleries stated that “JCC is honored to host local Native American artists in the Center Gallery on our Olean campus. We are planning to have featured artists speak at the opening reception and to meet with classes on campus. “From Turtle Island” is a marvelous way to highlight native arts and crafts and inform students and community members about local native cultural traditions.” The exhibition opens on November 3rd with a gallery reception that is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through December 7th and visitors are invited to experience the beauty and artistry of the Haudenosaunee rich, cultural heritage during this month-long exhibition. Every artist in this exhibition recognizes the vital importance of keeping their cultural traditions alive by practicing their particular art form and, in turn, passing those skills, knowledge and traditions on to the next generation. The artists participating in this exhibition, their Nation, clan and art forms are: