Western Colorado Center for the Arts
– GJCAC Grant Recipient
Mikkel Kelly, Executive Director/Curator
1803 N. 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Year Founded: 1953
Areas of Concentration:
First dreamed as far back as 1947 by the newly forming Brush & Palette Club, the Western Colorado Center for the Art incorporated in 1953. A house at 7th and Orchard was purchased and renovated in 1960 and opened as the Mesa County Fine Arts Center.
In 1970 the current building was built next door to the original house and renamed the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, commonly referred to as The Art Center. Additions were constructed in 1982 and 1991, and the front of the building relocated to the north in 1994. The two courtyard areas were redone in 1998 and 1999.
The mission of The Art Center is to promote the enjoyment and understanding of the arts through educational programs, exhibits, and the acquisition and display of a permanent collection. That collection now contains almost 300 two dimensional works and over 30 three dimensional pieces, including works by Alfred Nestler and other early founders, Paul Pletka and many important contemporary artists, and 31 excellent Navaho rugs donated by Dr. Arch and Anne Gould.
The Art Center offers monthly rotating art exhibits, showcased at their First Friday opening receptions, as well as a wide variety of art classes for all ages, including their popular Summer Art Camp series and Spring Art Week for elementary school children.
The Center is open Tuesdays - Saturdays from 9AM - 4PM, admission $3 (members free), with Tuesdays and First Fridays free to all.