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Gallery of the Common Experience

Vaquero statue and Lampasas, photo by Billi London-Gray
The gallery is located in Lampasas, the building with the arched windows next to Old Main and the Vaquero statue.

The Gallery of the Common Experience, located in LAMP 407 (the Honors Coffee Forum), has showcased exhibits ranging from a photo documentary on the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and the onset of HIV to 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.

The gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Honors College and the Common Experience at Texas State University, the gallery is maintained by curator Billi London-Gray and a campus-wide committee of dedicated art lovers. For more information or to become involved with the committee, e-mail cegallery@txstate.edu or call 512.245.2266. 


Peace Paper Week

April 14-18, 2014 // A Common Experience with the Art of Paper Making

For two millennia, humankind has created paper by hand. Whatever the intention behind the paper, be it to represent wealth, to carry spirituality, or to convey messages, every fiber that goes into the making of paper has a story to tell. Peace Paper Project, a collaboration between artists Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan, works to empower healing arts communities around the world by introducing collaborative art processes that foster positive forward thinking, enhanced communication, and peaceful reconciliation. Through hand papermaking, writing, book and printmaking activities, they work with local communities to transform significant materials into works of art that broadcast personal stories, mutual understanding and healing.

Their visit to San Marcos kicks off Friday, April 11, with an exhibition reception from 5-9 p.m. at Zosima Gallery, featuring paper-based artwork made using pulped invasive species from the San Marcos River. On Saturday, April 12, they will demonstrate paper making at the Texas Wild Rice Festival in Sewell Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. During their weeklong visit to Texas State, they invite students, staff, faculty and the public to learn about paper making through a variety of events, including:

  • Artist Talk -- Monday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in JCM 1124
  • Paper-making on the Quad -- Tuesday, April 15, and Wednesday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Coffee Chats -- Thursday, April 17, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in LAMP 407
  • Creating Mental Health: An Art Therapy Mini-conference -- Friday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in LAMP 501 >> RSVP to cegallery@txstate.edu by April 17.

peace paper week poster


Image from "RACE: Are We So Different?"
© America Anthropological Association

Black, White and Gray: A Spectrum of Views on Integration

The Gallery of the Common Experience seeks entries for its fall 2014 exhibition. We are looking for works of art, accompanied by explanatory statements, that respond to the question, "What does integration look like to you?"

Our overall goal is to create a dialog both between the artworks and extending through the audience about integration and the many ways people view it. What is integration? What aspects of difference are parts of integration and are they as important or meaningful as racial difference? Does integration benefit everyone? Is integration progressing? What’s the effect of integration on your life?

Artists may enter up to three works, and entry is FREE. The deadline to enter is June 30, 3014, and accepted artists will be notified on a rolling basis starting May 1.

To view the call for art and submit work, click here.


Confusing Saturation by Kara Rhodes

Face Forward: Portraits of Emotional Exposure

January 13 - May 10, 2014 // Reception January 30, 5-7 p.m.

The Gallery of the Common Experience presents its spring 2014 exhibition, Face Forward: Portraits of Emotional Exposure, starting January 13, 2014. The exhibition, designed to explore the Common Experience theme of mental health and illness, features emotionally descriptive and evocative portraiture by artists from around the state, including several Texas State students and alumni.

Additionally, the exhibition includes a survey of the work of David Francis Drymala, a San Marcos artist and musician. Drymala is the subject of the upcoming documentary A Deeper Side, which will share his journey through life as a gifted artist affected by mental illness.

Please join us in the gallery on Thursday, January 30, from 5-7 p.m. for a public reception with the artists.

To view the prospectus for the exhibition, click here.

(At right: Confusing Saturation by Kara Rhodes)


Event photo

Campus Canvas: A Community Art Project

On October 1, 2013, hundreds of Texas State students, faculty and staff created two large community paintings! The Campus Canvas paintings currently are on display in the fourth-floor foyer of the Lampasas Building. Stop by and check them out for inspiration!

Check back here for announcements about our next Campus Canvas event.

In the meanwhile, keep making art, Bobcats!


Click here to view photos of past events and exhibits.