Gallery curator and art professor Bradly Brown hopes to see the San Jacinto College South Campus’ art gallery become a cultural hub between the Museum District and Galveston.
“I think we fill a cultural void in this area,” Brown said. “Our students don’t always have the means or resources to visit museums in Houston’s museum district and I’d like to think we can help to fill that space for them.”
The South Gallery has featured a variety of installations from artists all over the United States, including many by San Jacinto College’s own students.
“I like to think of our space as not just an art gallery,” Brown said. “It is a multidisciplinary space where we can feature all of the things that inspire art, like science and history.”
One of the gallery’s latest exhibits, Golf Coast, brought Houston’s bayou system indoors and transformed the entire gallery into a seven-hole mini-golf course. The piece incorporated works from contributing artists Gao Hang, Iva Kinnaird, and Gregory Ruppe as well as students.
Community members and patrons were also encouraged to not only play through the exhibit but to contribute to the art by creating their own pieces at a maker station. The interactive exhibit saw close to 700 visitors, making it the most well-attended exhibit to date.
It is exhibits like this that keep patrons coming back.
“I saw the event on Facebook and thought it would be fun,” said Kim Bauman, Pearland resident. “I love to be creative, and this was the perfect opportunity. We’ve come to the South Gallery’s exhibits before and I think we’ll be back again.”
Brown, who took over as the South Gallery’s curator also manages the work study program for art gallery interns.
“I think that the internship program can be invaluable for art students,” Brown said. “We teach them the proper way to handle and display pieces of art, how to break down and clean the space after an installation and make it fresh for a new one. They are the boots on the ground for each of the exhibitions we are lucky enough to display.”
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries, and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.