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Gallery of the Common Experience

Manos que Crean artwork in Lampasas
Common Experience Gallery with the theme "Las Manos Que Crean"

What is the Gallery?
Sponsored by the Honors College and the Common Experience at Texas State University, The Gallery of the Common Experience showcases art exhibits relating to this year's Common Experience theme. In the past these exhibits have included artwork meant to provoke thought on the definition of Chicano identity, photo depictions  of apartheid South Africa during the onset of AIDS, and political cartoons of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The gallery also hosts special events throughout the year including free art workshops, artist talks, and public art events on the Quad.

When and Where Can I View the Gallery?
The Gallery is located in LAMP 407 (the Honors Coffee Forum) and is open to the public free of charge Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How Can I Get Involved?
Help the Committee
The gallery is maintained by the Honors College, Gallery curator Kelsey Huckaby, and a campus-wide committee of dedicated art lovers. For more information or to become involved with the committee, e-mail Ms. Huckaby or call 512.245.2266. You can also follow the Gallery of the Common Experience on Facebook.

Submit Artwork
We also take art submissions from students and others in the community! If interested, check out any upcoming themes below and click the appropriate "Submit Your Work" in these sections.


Current Exhibit

"We the Dreamers"

SPRING SHOW DATES: February 8 - May 9, 2018

The Common Experience theme for the Fall 2017- Spring 2018 semesters at Texas State University this year is called The Search For Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century.


Relevant subjects include racism, conditions of the working class, disparities in power, education, shelter, access to food, mental health services, immigration issues, criminal justice, women’s rights, sexual orientation, subjugating ethnic groups, etc.


The Spring 2018 exhibition is called We the Dreamers. "Dreamers" is a term used to describe undocumented immigrants — many who are young adults — who have been protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The defunding of DACA strips the protection of those brought to the U.S. as children. Their pursuit of the American Dream is now accompanied by the fear of being deported to a another country most have never known, uprooted from their American homes. In addition to works making statement about the artists' personal views or experience with this movement, we are also accepting submissions for works about deferred dreams, or goals the artist chooses to portray, that are at risk of unjustly being postponed or denied due to government threat and other justice-related issues.

Works of all mediums including painting, photography, poetry, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, etc will be considered for display through the Spring Semester in the Gallery of the Common Experience in the Honors College Building, 411 Lampasas.


See below to view past exhibits.

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