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.