Kent Place Gallery is a space for fine arts that serves the Kent Place community and surrounding area with a varied program of exhibitions. The gallery usually presents solo shows by several professional artists each year, taking advantage of our proximity to New York City to offer contemporary art experiences of very high quality. Exhibiting artists often come to the Kent Place campus and are available to students in lectures, classroom visits, gallery talks and informal conversations. Recent exhibiting and/or visiting artists have included Polina Barskaya, Reg Bloor, Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Ashley-Martin Dunn, John J. O’Connor, Evan Read, Bruce Stiglich, Emily Auchincloss, Mark Dagley, Heather Garland, Susan Bricker, Jeffrey Mathews and Miyuki Tsushima.
The gallery program also includes periodic thematic group exhibitions that connect ideas across curricula and spark important campus discussions. Such thematic exhibitions are typically curated to include both national and international artists. Some past thematic shows have included “Thought Patterns: Pattern and Idea in Recent Painting and Drawing,” “Topographics: Recent Art Mapping Global, Local, Mental and Other Space,” “Against Nature,” “Failure: Contemporary Art about Weakness, Deficiency, Incompetence, Error, Loss, Breakdown, Disintegration, Extinction and other, Related Signs of Life.”
Kent Place Gallery is also the primary venue for displaying Kent Place student art. Senior AP Portfolio students have a well-attended annual gallery show and reception for their works, and all student artists of every grade level from Primary School through Upper School participate by displaying work created in arts classes each year in the gallery.
Exhibitions in the Kent Place Gallery, a dedicated gallery space located in the same building as the Hyde and Watson Theater, are free and open to the public.