Kaneko Gallery plans to host first in-person exhibit in spring 2022

This live show will showcase the work of current and former students for the first time in 20 months


Art Professor Craig Smith speaks at the Kaneko Gallery about the Symbols of Objects exhibition opening reception on August 30, 2018. The art department at American River College will have their first live showing of the Kaneko Gallery, twenty months after the campus was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the spring semester of 2022. (File Photo)

The American River College art department will host its first in-person showing of the Kaneko Gallery since March 2020.

According to Patricia Wood, Kaneko Gallery art director, the gallery plans to begin in-person exhibits as soon as spring 2022. The gallery has hosted a number of virtual shows due to the COVID-19 campus shutdown, but Wood says she is excited to show the hard work to people in person. 

“The Kaneko Gallery will start hosting on-ground shows again in the spring of 2022,” Wood said in an email to the Current. “I will work with my gallery interns and students in early January to get the show installed by the time the spring semester begins.” 

All of the virtual shows hosted by the Kaneko Gallery since the pandemic shut down the campus have been archived andWood says the gallery is looking to put the previous shows online for anyone to view. 

“We have an online faculty exhibition and are working on putting all of the previous online shows under one website shell,” Wood said. “We are also creating a site to feature the new art collection in the STEM building.” 

The upcoming showings will feature the artwork of former and current ARC students, with many having themes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Wood. 

Wood says that the Kaneko Gallery will host another show in late March, “Of The Earth,” that will feature 12 local ceramic artists as part of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. 

Wood encourages anyone who is looking to either join the program or visit the art gallery to visit the website and visit as often as possible. 

“If students are interested in working in Kaneko gallery they can sign up for art gallery classes, there are also internships available,” Wood said. 

For more information on the Kaneko Gallery or interested in visiting the art exhibits, visit the Kaneko Gallery website here