New gallery opens at the Art Center

A newly constructed gallery has opened at the Art Center in Grand Junction.

The 1,700-square-foot gallery was named in honor of Grand Valley artist Jac Kephart.

The project at the center also allowed for the installation of a modern fire mitigation system to protect the building and collections, upgrades to the permanent collection preservation and Gould Gallery. In addition, space was added for education programs offered to the community.

Kay Ambrose, a member of the Art Center campaign project team and a former member of the board trustees, said she was humbled by what she described as an outpouring of support for the project.

“We are overwhelmingly grateful for our community’s support of the Kephart Gallery,” Ambrose said. “This project has enhanced the Art Center so that everyone may enjoy the experience of art.”

The expansion was the latest for the Arts Center, which has grown over 68 years from a two-story house to a 13,000-square-foot arts campus.

Ruth Leever, a local artist. said the center has grown over the years as well as adapted to meet the changing needs of the community. “Because of TAC, we all can experience the fullness that the arts bring to our lives together.” 

The Art Center continues a $600,000 capital campaign for the Jac Kephart Gallery and other improvements. For additional information or to make a donation, visit the website located at