During the annual Artist-In-Residence program, renowned artists visit Pasadena City College for a full week of activities plus an exhibit their of work in the art gallery. During their stay on campus, artists give a public lecture and interact with PCC students; this might include open studios, collaborative projects, workshops, additional lectures or critiques of student work. Each artist-in-residence has donated a work to the college at the close of their residency: most of these are permanently displayed in the Shatford library. Participating artists have included Jose Luis Cuevos, Syd Mead, Faith Ringgold, Alexis Smith, Wayne Thiebaud, Masami Teroaka, the Futurefarmers collective and William Wegman, among others.
Annual Student Scholarship Exhibition
The Visual Arts and Media Studies division hosts a scholarship competition each Spring semester. Qualifying students of academic and artistic merit compete for sizable awards. Scholarship recipients are further honored with an exhibition of their work.
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Each year the gallery holds a student art competition that is open to all students who have enrolled in a course in the Visual Arts and Media Studies division that year. A guest juror, typically a distinguished gallery director, curator or art critic, selects and installs a show from the submitted artwork, and awards cash prizes to outstanding student artists. The competition is open to work in all media. Jurors have included Russell Ferguson, Julie Joyce, Howard Fox, Rita Gonzalez, Gail Swanlund, Jan Tumlir and Doug Harvey.
Student Art Exhibitions (Art 75)
Through the Art 75 course, a campus gallery becomes the site of art exhibitions created by students. This program provides our students with an opportunity to practice all of the steps an artist or curator takes to successfully mount a gallery exhibition. Students gain direct experience of exhibition design and gallery preparation, as they plan, install, publicly present and document a gallery show of their own work.