QCC Art Gallery

queensborough community college
city university of new york

"Queensborough Community College has quietly assembled an impressive collection...with luck, other university galleries around the country will emulate it."

Holland Cotter, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Current Exhibitions

About QCC Art Gallery

Queensborough Community College Art Gallery’s (QCC Art Gallery) mission is to collect and preserve; present and interpret; educate and motivate; and stimulate new art production that supports the educational and cultural vitality of the College and surrounding community. 

The QCC Art Gallery is a vital educational and cultural resource for the College, the Borough of Queens, and the surrounding communities. Located in the historic 1920s Oakland Building, formerly the Club House for the Oakland Country Club, the QCC Art Gallery reopened on October 24, 2004, following an extensive renovation project. The resulting state-of-the art facility maintains the original architectural elements of the building.

As a complement to the College Library, the Gallery has a research library, which serves as fertile ground for intellectual stimulation, while documenting the growth and development of the Permanent Collections. It contains a significant collection of African research material, exhibition catalogs, and an interactive library providing access to works of art and the voices of their cre­ators, as well as relevant commentaries from critics and historians. The Art Gallery Library’s holdings are listed in the online catalog for all CUNY libraries and in WorldCat. Books do not circulate.

Reflecting the full range of ethnic diversity of both the College and community, the Gallery presents quality exhibits and publications of local, national, international, and historical interest, thus broadening the appreciation and understanding of art and artist-as-interpreter. Some of the more memorable exhibitions are: An American Odyssey: Debating Modernism 1945-1980 (2004); Andy Warhol: Graphic Works (2006); Picasso Printmaker: A Perpetual Metamorphosis (2008); Shangaa: Art of Tanzania (2013); Powerful Arts of Cameroon: The Amadou Njoya Collection (2014); and Rewoven: Innovative Fiber Art (2017).

Although most recognized for African Art, the QCC Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection encompasses a variety of tra­ditional art including Pre-Columbian and East Asian ceramics. The Gallery also holds a vast collection of modern and contem­porary works by accomplished artists such as John Coplans, Gustav Klimt, Sol Lewitt, Louise Nevelson, Kenzo Okada, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Man Ray.