The University Art Gallery opened in 1978, and is considered to be one of the major exhibition spaces of the South Bay area. The gallery supports and enhances the Art and Design Department instructional program while giving students from all disciplines and interested community members a valuable opportunity to explore and experience contemporary and historical works of art from many cultures.
The gallery has over 2,000 square feet of exhibition space and 18' high ceilings, and it can accommodate large-scale paintings and sculptures by artists of local and national reputation.
There are five exhibitions a year, the last being a multimedia show of works by graduating seniors in the Art and Design Department. The gallery is also used as a forum for student art critique classes, discussions with artists, university and community guest lecture series and events, provides tours to university classes, community groups and school groups, and gives an opportunity for students and interns to participate in gallery installations and management.