The Unseen Gallery – Inside SCC’s Art Exhibition


When we talk about exhibitions we might think of fancy art galleries, museums and historical places. But, perhaps surprisingly, SCC is one of those places as well. SCC’s art space presents pieces from students and artists who are willing to share and display their knowledge through artwork in an open exhibit.

The gallery is located in the 1000 Building, also known as the Administration Building. There’s a vertical “A-R-T” sign hanging outside the building, which fits the gallery’s theme. This somewhat hidden exhibit is in the center of the building, just past the lobby. The 1000 Building is across from the PUB’s front door, so it’s easy to find. And the art pieces displayed in the gallery are not only for art students but for everyone, regardless of their intended major or position.

“The mission (of) the gallery—it really is to find diverse exhibitions both in subject matter and the material process that the artists or students are using,” gallery director Claire Putney said. “So I wouldn’t want to just bring in all painters or just ceramic artists or all photographers, but also trying to mix it up and diversify the content of the work. I make sure that it’s something that relates to the mission of the campus, something that would be … of interest to our students and can challenge
our campus community.”

Putney has been managing the space for almost three years. She manages the gallery’s events every year and combines the events that display students’ artworks and the works of local artists. There are three shows that are scheduled before the end of the year.

The first one is “SLIPWARE” by Zak Helenske, which is currently on display. This art showcase shows ceramic jars and buckets with a combination of white and brown brick coloring and varying unique scratch patterns on the outside. This exhibition will be on display until Nov. 3.

Helenske will also be coming to SCC to lead a workshop, so students can learn how to create a piece of art from an expert and understand it from Helenske’s perspective. The workshop is free and will be held from 12-5 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 21 in Room 2065. The next exhibit is by Alexander Boeschenstein and will show art pieces that differ between traditional processes and forms of digital media. The exhibit will run from Nov.6-Dec. 15.

The last exhibition for the year is the Combined Club Show. This show will have contributions from four SCC visual arts clubs: F-Stop, Art Club, VCT Club and Clay Club. They will display their pieces in design, ceramics, printmaking, photography, painting, drawing and sculpture. The show will be available from Dec. 18-Feb. 2. The gallery hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

For more information, go to or contact Claire Putney at [email protected]

Davira Shaffena