The Jamestown Campus is lucky to have a superb art resource: the Weeks Gallery. Art exhibits have been a prominent part of the Jamestown Campus since 1970, and the Weeks Gallery has been in its current location since 1995. The Weeks Gallery is named after Stanley and Sarita Weeks, a couple from Jamestown who were avid travelers, donors, and patrons of the arts. They supplied much of the financial support for the gallery, and were supportive of the arts in the wider Chautauqua County community too.
Since 1970, there have been many individuals who have acted as gallery directors and curators. These have included John Heister, William Disbro, Mike Campbell, William Waite, Dan R. Talley, and most recently, James Colby, who was appointed as the director in 1997 and retired this year. During Colby’s tenure, he organized over 125 exhibitions by artists across the nation and around the world, and founded the Weeks Gallery Art Collection. The gallery openings often involve live music, lectures, and food–it’s a really fun way to experience the gallery!
One of the most important aspects of the Weeks Gallery is actually outside the gallery itself–the Museum Without Walls program. The MWW exhibits the art collection across JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in over 2,100 feet of hallways, lobbies, and lounge spaces. Wherever you go around the JCC campuses you can always find artwork in every kind of medium you can think of. The MWW ArtReach program partners with the Arts Council for Chautauqua County to provide services for the public schools. JCC believes that the visual arts are vital in the growth and development of children in our community. Some of the major artists featured include Stephen Marc, Andrew Ortiz, and Roger Freeman. From artist talks and workshops to multi-cultural events, there is something for everyone interested in learning more about the world of art!
From the paintings and photographs on the walls, to the art sculptures surrounding the pond in the center of the Jamestown campus, there is something to interest everyone. It is so much fun to just wander around the campus discovering new things that you didn’t know before, and there is always something new and interesting to discover!
Forty years and countless exhibitions later, the Weeks Gallery continues to evolve and grow. Make sure you don’t miss out on anything that the gallery has to offer!