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Archer Gallery


Archer Gallery serves the students and community of Clark College by exhibiting contemporary art in a not-for-profit educational setting. In order to exhibit work that has a strong interest for an academic institution, the gallery brings work that fulfills at least one of the following criteria.

  • Regionally, nationally or internationally exhibiting professional artists
  • Artwork that has a strong connection to new contemporary art concepts or methods
  • Artwork that connects to Clark College Art Department curriculum and programs
  • Works by artists with significant historical influence on contemporary art practices


The Archer Gallery is located in the Penguin Union Building (PUB) attached to Gaiser Hall on the Clark College campus in Vancouver, Washington.

Pull into the Parking Lot south of Gaiser Hall. Park in any of the unmarked spaces. F/S spaces are reserved M–F until 5:30. Enter at the SW corner of Lower PUB.

Look for "Archer Gallery" lettering on the outer doors of the building. The gallery is just inside the door.

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Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m
Friday, Saturday
12:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m

On Exhibit: Paul Clay (Artist in Residence)

April 11 – May 6

Reception and Artists Talk: Wednesday, April 19

Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in Archer Gallery

Art Talk: 7:00 pm in Fireside Lounge (PUB 161)

Clark College welcomes Paul Clay as its artist in residence for 2017. Paul will be working on campus from April 17–21.

Clay’s work responds to a reactionary, materialist and hyper-media-saturated society and how it warps self-perception.  What is the dynamic between real flesh-and-bone bodies, real emotions, and their digital (mis)representation?  Pulling in new and past interactive and generative video and performance works,  “Push, Pull” duplicates, mutates, and reorganizes the human organism through highly processed video and algorithmic means.   

Save the Date for the Art Student Annual and Phoenix Unveiling May 16.


Art Talks

Artist and scholar lecture series.
All events are free and open to the public.


History of Archer Gallery

In 1978, an art gallery opened at Clark College.  Then known as the Index Gallery, it was located on the lower level of Gaiser Hall, accessible only through the college bookstore.

In 1982, Jim Archer (seen in the photo on the left), then a professor of art history at the college, became curator of the gallery.   Successful in attracting well-known Northwest artists, the Index Gallery became known as one the region's top alternative venues for contemporary artists. 

The woman in the photo is Ellen Curtis, who was a Clark College student and volunteer in the Archer Gallery in the 80s. She helped Jim Archer install the first show in that space.

The gallery moved into a 3,500-square foot space in Gaiser Hall.  The gallery was renamed in Archer's honor in September 1995.   After being closed for nearly a year due to the renovation of Gaiser Hall and the construction of the Penguin Union Building, the Archer Gallery reopened its doors in its new location in March 2005.

Carson Legree, a current Clark College Art professor, was the director from 1995-1997. Marjorie Hirsch became the Gallery Director in 1997, continuing through 2009. Marjorie's exhibitions over the twelve years expanded the reputation of the Archer Gallery as an outstanding contemporary art venue in the Northwest.