Rogue Gallery Art Center

 

 

Our Organization

Our Mission

The mission of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center is to enliven the individual and enrich the community through inspirational visual art experiences.

History

Founded in 1960 by artists, educators, and local leaders, the Rogue Gallery & Art Center was the first non-profit visual art organization in the Rogue Valley. In December of 1959, four artists met at an art studio on South Grape Street in Medford. Eugene Bennett had invited Betty Allen, Robert Bosworth, and Jack Teeters to his studio to discuss the need for creating a place to see and show art. Since that beginning, we’ve served as an artistic catalyst for Southern Oregon through innovative exhibition, art education and community leadership.

RGAC moved to its current location, at the corner of 8th and Bartlett Street, in 1970. In the 1980s we outgrew the small rental space and with the support and labor of volunteers we purchased and renovated the building. Today the Rogue Gallery & Art Center is at the center of downtown Medford’s revitalization that includes an elegant theater, luminous library and community college.

Over the years RGAC’s reach has expanded past the walls of its building. A number Southern Oregon’s most popular community events began at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center – including the Festival of Trees, Artists in the Schools, Art in Bloom, and the Best of the Best High School Art Show.

Beginning in the 1990s, introducing children to the wonders of art became a primary mission for RGAC and is now part of our enduring legacy. Today RGAC’s art education program offers diverse classes and workshops year round for both children and adults.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is now viewed as the premier space for exhibiting regional artists and providing art classes and workshops. We’re thrilled that RGAC’s exhibitions not only reflect artistic expression but provide our community with ongoing access to quality visual art experiences.

Exhibitions & Programs

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is one of the only non-commercial exhibition venues in the area that offers varied high-quality art programs. Each year’s exhibition series features established regional artists as well as those just emerging in their careers. In the interest of diversity, exhibitions of both cultural and social relevance as well as those spotlighting a specific medium or artistic process are regularly featured.

RGAC supports local artists by offering opportunities to exhibit and sell, meet the public, and build their resume. Public programs accompany the exhibitions in various forms: docent tours, lectures, and demonstrations offer informative and educational components to help the public appreciate art techniques, styles, and the importance of art in our society.

Audience

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center serves a broad audience within our local community.  While our primary population resides in Jackson County, we also have visitors coming from all over Southern Oregon and Northern California to see our galleries and participate in our programs. Our influence and leadership in the arts is felt throughout the local community. With the help of our dedicated staff and hard-working volunteers we serve over 500 valued members, accommodate over 10,000 visitors to our galleries and educate over 600 students in our diverse art education programs every year.

Collaborations & Partnerships

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center collaborates with many local organizations and agencies to strengthen our programming and advocate for the arts. RGAC has played a key role in launching art programs that continue under the leadership of other organizations, including the Artists in the Schools program, the Best of the Best High School Art Show, Third Friday Art Walk, and the Art in Bloom Festival. RGAC sponsors exhibitions at satellite venues in the downtown district, including the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater and the Medford Public Library. We’ve also worked with the Medford Arts Commission in the commissioning of many pieces of public art for our community.  We’re happy to make our studio available to the adjacent Rogue Community College for art classes and the Southern Oregon Sogetsu Society for an ongoing Ikebana class.

 

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