Who we are
We are the downtown gallery presence for the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, an art focused nonprofit that exists to serve students, artists and the art-loving public in Pennsylvania’s Centre County, the adjacent counties, and beyond. Our organization builds bridges between teachers and art students of all ages, as well as between artists and potential art patrons.
The Art Alliance actively encourages community members to become involved in diverse and ever changing art experiences.
Wth the departure of the former Fraser Street Gallery, we decided to pounce on this unique opportunity to have a downtown State College presence, feeling that this venue would further serve our mission to expand the exposure of our artist members.
We opened the doors in October 2016 with our first show, Abstract Beginnings, and have been building on our experience ever since.
We are excited to exhibit the art of the area’s most talented artists and will give preference to our members. Most months will feature group shows as follows:
- Six to eight 2D artists and two 3D artists will be invited to exhibit from First Friday to the end of the month. Exhibition space will be divided equally.
- Fee is $50 per artist.
- All artists in a show must commit to “sit” 8 hours during the month.
- One month will be reserved for a fundraiser for the gallery.
- All shows will have an opening reception, and publicity in social media, regional print media and other listings.
We are excited to have a downtown location, providing the opportunity for artists to show their work to a new audience of local and out-of-town art buyers. With the Fraser Centre stores, hotel, restaurant, and condomiums now open, traffic on Fraser St. will certainly increase!
We hope you will fill out the form on the Calling All Artists page to be considered for a show at the Gallery. No fee is due at the time of application. Each show will have a theme and as each show is curated artists will be invited to exhibit in a particular month.
If you have any questions please contact the gallery at 814-234-2740.
Our hours are:
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday & Friday
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
For off hour viewing, please call for an appointment
Every First Friday we have an opening reception for a new show, from 7-9pm.
We are closed the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (day) before the First Friday of every month in order to get ready for the new show!
Our location is:
123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801
In the Daily Collegian, October 7, 2016
“The gallery will feature monthly shows, each centered on a different theme. The first show, slated to run from Oct. 7 to 30, is called “Abstract Beginnings” and will showcase abstract art in a wealth of mediums from eight local artists, Rieger said.”
In the State College Magazine, October 1, a blurb about the gallery in Out On the Town
“After nearly 49 years in Lemont, the Art Alliance is making an appearance downtown, with its new gallery — on Fraser Street across from the new Fraser Centre — set for a grand opening on Oct. 7.”
and in State College Magazine in Sept a mention in Arts Preview…
In the Centre Daily Times
We are so excited to welcome Kelsey Rieger as our new Gallery Manager! She comes to us from southern California where she worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara among other places.
Kelsey says in the article:
“There’s so much to be excited about. Overall, I’m thrilled at the opportunity to have a fresh location and set of circumstances in which to present our artists’ work in a new light. Additionally, the amount of people who have generously dedicated their time and talent to the creation of the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is inspiring, and I can’t wait to share those efforts with the rest of the community.”
Stay tuned for more about Kelsey and her plans for the gallery.
You can read Kelsey’s interview with the CDT (click this link).
In the Centre County Gazette
Another article announcing the opening of the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown and our new gallery manager, Kelsey Rieger.announcing the opening of the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown and our new gallery manager, Kelsey Rieger.
Says the article:
“I welcome the opportunity to apply my education in a hands-on environment,” Rieger said.
The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is an extension of the alliance’s headquarters in Lemont.”
From Onward State, October 13.
The article reads:
“State College artists rejoiced as the new Art Alliance Downtown Gallery opened its doors last Friday.
The new venue is located exactly where the Fraser Street Gallery was, right across from the Fraser Center on 123 South Fraser Street. Conveniently nestled near Studio 2 photography and across from new, mega popular Target and H&M, the Art Alliance couldn’t have picked a better location in terms of newfound traffic.”