Mission Statement

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is committed to serving the college community and the community at large through exhibitions and programs that enhance curriculum, as well as engage a greater audience in the visual arts. We hope to challenge and stimulate our students and the public by exposing them to new ideas and encouraging them to think independently and creatively about their work and their world.
About the Gallery

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is an independent program serving the college community and the greater community of the Santa Clarita Valley. The gallery has been in operation since our inaugural exhibition in spring 1997 with the opening of the Fine and Media Arts Building, now known as Mentry Hall. We are located at the north corner of the ground floor, M-108. 



The gallery curates a variety of exhibitions annually. Our scheduling policy is geared to an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture that features the works of historical as well as 21st century artists. Through its exhibitions and educational programs, the gallery is committed to serving our student population by augmenting our curriculum and encourages public participation in this process. In conjunction with exhibitions, the Art Gallery also presents a speaker series which may include lectures, panel discussions and Q and A sessions with the artist.


College of the Canyons ARTstART
Promoting Art and Culture in the Santa Clarita Valley.





Although the gallery receives some district funds. We rely on support funds to sustain the exhibition programs. We invite you to partner with the gallery by becoming a member of Friends of the Fine Arts or through your individual gifts. Sales from our Gallery Store, which features a variety of gifts, is an additional source of financial support.

COC Student Art Collection

Established  in 2010, the SAC provides art students an opportunity to compete on a professional level and be included in what will become an important asset for the college. Students learn the importance of presentation and professionalism, while developing the interactive skills required to become a successful artist.

Larry Hurst
Gallery Director

Virginia Arnold
Administrative Assistant


Director's Statement and Biography:
I am committed to the philosophy of the community college system and feel that the Art Gallery has a unique opportunity to engage the college community and the greater community at large in a healthy dialog of the arts in an educational setting. To that end, I strive to present a variety of exhibitions on all artistic levels that include the middle schools, high schools, college students, local arts and crafts groups as well as museum quality shows. Through this variety, it is my goal to embrace, interest, stimulate and educate.

Larry Hurst was born in Missouri and spent his childhood in Alaska and Arizona, settling in California in 1963.  His interest in art was always preeminent and he graduated from Chouinard Art Institute (soon to become Cal Arts) in 1971.  While still in college he worked at Cirrus Editions as a master printer, focusing on the work of Ed Ruscha.

Working in compositions of intense color and order, his work reflects the fundamental elements and principals of art, emphasizing color, balance and composition. Although influenced by real events and images, his work is considered nonobjective abstraction. Pursuing a career in fine arts, Mr. Hurst has had gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego. He has been represented in Los Angeles by: Space, Adrienne Simard, Roy Boyd, Jan Baum, Janus, Simard-Halm, Koplin, and Lora Schlesinger.  

His works can be found in many corporate collections including, Hyatt Hotels, Bank of America, Harrahs Corporation, Hallmark Cards, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Medical Plaza, Scripps Institute, IBM Corporation, Southern California Gas Company, Peabody Hotels, Mobil Oil, Munger, Tolles & Olson, The Weisman Family Foundation, Morrison & Forrester, Princess Enterprises and numerous private collections.

Public institutions exhibiting his work have included; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum, Pasadena City College, Arco Center for the Visual Art, Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cirrus Gallery, and the Municipal Art Gallery, among others.

He was the owner/operator of a fine arts installation business from 1976 to 1997, serving a variety of public and private clients nationwide. During this time he served as a member of The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Advisory Council for the Arts (1976-1999) and Chair, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Advisory Council for the Arts (1993-1997). Mr. Hurst came to College of the Canyons in the spring of 1997. Initially hired as an Instructional Lab Technician/Gallery Preparator (1997-2007), he has served as an adjunct instructor for the Art Department with assignments including:  2D Design, 3D Design, and Open Art Labs (Life Drawing, Printmaking, 3-D Design and Painting, 1999-2007). In the fall of 2007 he became the Director of the COC Art Gallery and has mounted 51 exhibitions since that time.


The gallery is open during the academic school year while exhibitions are scheduled. The closest parking lots are Lot 2 and Lot 15. Please see map below. Purchase a parking pass from the vending machine for your dashboard.

Admission is free and open to the public.
Please write to virginia.arnold@canyons.edu to be added to our email list, or to communicate with the art gallery office.

Contact Us:

College of the Canyons Art Gallery
Valencia Campus, Mentry Hall 108

26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 362-3612

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