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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. 


Image by artist Beth Consetta Rubel
Paper Bag Test with Adzua-Gette by Beth Consetta Rubel

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

The Gallery of the Common Experience presents its fall 2014 exhibition with an opening reception on Thursday, September 4, from 5-7 p.m. Works selected for this exhibition address the question, "What does integration look like to you?" Admittance to the gallery is always free and open to the public.

We are pleased to present work by local, national and international artists, including Glenda Adkinson, Debangana Banerjee, Susan Winters Cook, Cynthia I. Gonzales, Daniel Bernard Gray, Matt Herron, Billi London-Gray, Beth Consetta Rubel and Ryan Runcie. The exhibition will be on display through December 10, 2014.

The overall goal of this collection – ranging from black and white photographs of historic civil rights events to new work by artists addressing colorism, racism, racial identity and tolerance – is to create a dialog between the artworks and viewers 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? The gallery's location in the Honors Coffee Forum provides an ideal environment for civil discussions about these important questions.

To view additional information about the exhibition and download articles on segregation and integration, click here.


Event photo

Campus Canvas: A Community Art Project

The Gallery of the Common Experience and the Honors Learning Community will host Campus Canvas on Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Quad. Please stop by and help us make a campus-wide collaborative diptych! For information, email cegallery@txstate.edu.

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

Keep making art, Bobcats!

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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)


Peace Paper Week

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.

peace paper week poster


Click here to view photos of past events and exhibits.