Our Gallery's History and Mission Statement

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Building On A Legacy

The Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery was established in 1973, the first significant exhibition space in the region. The original gallery location was in Bussman Hall on the Santa Rosa Campus, where an old anthropology museum previously existed. Over the next several decades, hundreds of excellent shows have come and gone. In 1998, the North Bay Bohemian named SRJC's Art Gallery the "Best Art Gallery in the North Bay."

Under the guidance of former gallery directors John Watrous, Donna Larsen, Renata Breth, and Stephanie Sanchez, a broad array of art exhibits were displayed that benefited and enhanced the learning experience of visitors to the gallery. The Art Gallery strives to be a solid contributor to SRJC’s Art Department.

In fall 2006, the Art Gallery transitioned to a beautiful new space in the Frank P. Doyle Library on the Santa Rosa Campus, an ideal site to continue bringing top quality art exhibits to Sonoma County in the decades ahead. In 2012, the gallery was named the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery, in honor of Dr. Robert F. Agrella, retired SRJC President.

Visited regularly by students of art, literature, and other fields, the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery provides a source of visual artwork that is utilized both for the form and content. Instructors use the gallery shows as a jumping off point for further study in their classes. The Santa Rosa High School Art Quest program makes regular use of the exhibitions, as does the community at large. The Gallery's strength is in its history. We will continue to build on this legacy.

Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery FOCUS:
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Mission Statement for the Art Department