Robert E. Wilson Gallery Mission Statement
Named in recognition of the generosity of Robert E. Wilson, the Gallery is an academic resource of Huntington University, a Christian liberal arts institution. The Robert E. Wilson Gallery is dedicated to educating, enriching and engaging students and the public through art exhibitions of the highest quality and to promote the visual arts within our community. The Gallery is also dedicated to supporting the educational and faith-related mission of Huntington University.
The mission of the gallery is to curate and exhibit artwork of emerging and established artists and to collect and preserve artwork of relevance in the University’s permanent collection. The Gallery fulfills this mission by exhibiting original works of art on a rotating basis throughout the academic year and by exhibiting the University Collections in public spaces throughout the campus. The Gallery programming presents a diverse range of innovative exhibitions and educational programs, exploring contemporary art and ideas that enrich the artistic and intellectual climate of the University and the broader Huntington community area. The Wilson gallery strives to provide a venue for academic endeavors, artistic freedom, artistic excellence, and the display of artistic and intellectual skills through knowledge, creativity, and expression.
We believe the Gallery is important to arts education and arts appreciation of the individual and our society. The Gallery also provides an essential component in the education of the visual artist, by providing exposure to original works of art and an exhibition venue. The Gallery gives the artist a professional gallery experience which permits the acquisition of basic skills inherent with staging exhibitions of their own creative work.
The Wilson Gallery accomplishes these goals by curating seven to eight exhibitions annually. These exhibitions explore various media, processes, and genres in order to foster dialogue both in and out of the classroom. In addition to the work of emerging and established artists we offer annual exhibitions of outstanding work by students, Art + Design alumni, and faculty. All exhibitions are accompanied by gallery talks and a reception that is free and open to the public.
Exhibitions are organized, curated and supported by Art + Design, The Robert E. Wilson Gallery Director, and guest curator.