Give!: UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art

With a gallery on campus and one downtown, GOCA's mission is to create social spaces where students and community members can engage in contemporary culture through art, lectures, and diverse programs./ Taylor Bishop -- FOX21 News
With a gallery on campus and one downtown, GOCA's mission is to create social spaces where students and community members can engage in contemporary culture through art, lectures, and diverse programs./ Taylor Bishop -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — FOX 21 and the Colorado Springs Independent are teaming up once again for this year’s Give! campaign. We are highlighting local organizations that need your help.

We’re featuring the Galleries of Contemporary Art at UCCS, also known as GOCA. With a gallery on campus and one downtown, GOCA’s mission is to create social spaces where students and community members can engage in contemporary culture through art, lectures, and diverse programs.

Samuel Elliott, UCCS senior said, “If you are interested in art but might be intimidated by because you don’t know how to speak the language or you’ve never experienced art before, the Gallery of Contemporary Art is a perfect start.”

Sitting in the middle of campus right next to Centennial Hall, the gallery serves as special space where anyone can enjoy the rotating exhibits that come through.

“We’re kind of like a hidden gem on campus so they don’t necessarily know we exist and so once people know about us they get really excited to see all that we’re doing,” said Kayla Shock, a sophomore at UCCS.

Shock works for GOCA as a student employee. She’s majoring in English but like Elliott, she had never really been exposed to art, until now.

Shock said, “Art is for everyone, it’s not just for people who major in visual and performing arts. Anyone can find something out of it and enjoy it.”

“We want to engage this community of our students and people living in the Pikes Peak Region and beyond and offer them an experience they can’t have anywhere else,” said Daisy McGowan, Director of GOCA.

The art installation featured in the gallery right now is Michael Theodore’s ‘Micro-Macro’ exhibit. It involves sound, art, and light, something Shock and Elliott both say makes for a perfect pause in a busy day.

Elliott said, “It just reminded us to slow down sometimes, to where we don’t recognize how fast things are moving or how busy we are until we’re finally just able to sit down and relax and to remember to breathe.”

Installations in the gallery are replaced every two to four months. This one is on display now until November 19.

>> Learn more and Give! at indygive.com. 

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