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Spirol Art Gallery

Welcome to the SPIROL Gallery

for Visual and Performing Arts


The Gallery is located in the West Wing of the QVCC Danielson campus.  The space hosts multiple art shows and events during the year, including:

– The end-of-term student art show each semesterwaiting for yoko
– Events such as “Waiting for Yoko” spoken word series
– Local, regional, and national artist shows

Currently Showing in the SPIROL Gallery

March 20 – April 20, 2017
Rhea Nowak, Synecdoche
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm.
It is a wide and nuanced spectrum from characters to signs to symbols, letters, glyphs, marks, gestures.  Working with a lexicon of images and plates of different printmaking techniques I allow them to shift in meaning and significance as their relationships and contexts change.  A synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or a whole for the part, the special for the general or the general for the special.

Rhea Nowak received her BA from Bennington College in Printmaking and Painting, her MFA from the University of Connecticut in Printmaking and Drawing, and a Master Printer Certificate from Il Bisonte, in Florence, Italy.  She is on the Art Department faculty at the SUNY College at Oneonta in upstate New York where she teaches foundations, printmaking, artist’s books, and an advanced collaborative art projects course.  In addition to her prints and regular participation in exchange portfolios, Rhea’s mixed media drawings and unique books have been exhibited in juried, invitational, and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.  Other projects include: a catalog documenting a solo exhibition entitled Translations: Contemporary and Traditional Prints by Rhea Nowak that was funded by a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and Trialogs, a collaborative DVD of images and sound with Julie Licata, percussionist, and Bret Masteller, electronic musician.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards 2017

It’s hard to believe, but on April 19, 2017 we will be holding the 10th Annual Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards program! In addition to the wonderful student poetry, there will be a number of special elements to this year’s program, including the return of Julius Sokenu himself as our featured guest poet, and an anthology of winners from over the last decade.

Graduate Student Show: April 24 – May 3, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Spring Student Exhibit: May 3 – July 11, 2017
Opening Reception Monday, May 8, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Waiting for Yoko: Date TBA

FALL 2017
QVCC Family and Friends: Who We Are and What We Do: Date TBA

 Past Exhibitions

February 15 – March 17, 2017 – Reception: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Sean Langlais, Tinkling Bowls – Sound Art Installation


December 8, 2016 – February 2, 2017
Fall 2016 Student Art Show
Opening Reception Thursday, November 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm


vetcardsfrontNovember 14 – 30, 2016
QV VETERANS’ CONNECTION – Photographs, Memories, Memorabilia
Opening Reception, Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm


NECTAG Juried Art ShowOctober 17 – November 16, 2016
First Open, Juried Art Show