The Art Galleries at California State University, Northridge, are the major art exhibition space in the San Fernando Valley. Serving the University campus, the San Fernando Valley, and the greater Southern California communities, the Art Galleries offer an exhibition program that reflects the extraordinary diversity of the art world today and of our many audiences. Through a program of innovative and often provocative exhibitions, the galleries utilize regional resources to give fresh perspectives on international art and the broad interrelationships of today’s visual world. This approach is clearly evident in the over 500 exhibitions we have sponsored since 1980, including several off-campus sites. Lectures, films, concerts, and other events are often given in conjunction with exhibitions.
Yearly attendance average is 25,000. An important service the Galleries offer the public is the Arts Council Docent tour program. Trained docents give tours to K-14 students as well as community groups, campus classes, international visitors, and others. The Galleries moved into new expanded facilities in the spring of 2001, with 3400 square feet of exhibition space, including the Main Gallery and the West Gallery.
Gallery exhibitions are funded in part by the Instructionally Related Activities Committee, the Arts Council for CSUN, and by the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication.