The Dynamic Galleries
The Hearst Art Gallery, founded in 1977, was refurbished and expanded in 2011, to reopen as the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art. Exhibition spaces now include the Hearst Gallery, Brother Cornelius/Walker Family Foundation Gallery, Studio Gallery, Armistead Gallery, and Keith Gallery.
The Keith Gallery shows a rotating selection of paintings from the College's William Keith collection. Keith (b. Scotland 1838 - d. Berkeley 1911) was best known for landscape paintings of Northern California, the Northwest, and Alaska. The collection also includes a representative selection of his portraits. Many of his most famous paintings, completed in his San Francisco studio, were made after sketching forays into Yosemite Valley and elsewhere in the High Sierra, guided by his good friend John Muir.
The Armistead Gallery was designed to showcase works on paper, especially photography, printmaking, watercolor, and drawing exhibitions. Major traveling exhibitions are usually in the Hearst and Brother Cornelius/Walker spaces, while the Studio Gallery often features work by contemporary artists.
The expansion also allows for more works from the College's collection of nearly 5,000 objects to be on view periodically as well as the return of exhibitions every May spotlighting work by Saint Mary's College visual art students.