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The Los Rios Colleges have begun 100% remote operations including moving all classes and student services online until further notice. The Kaneko Gallery is currently closed to all visitors.

Kaneko Gallery Front Entrance

The James Kaneko Gallery has been on campus at American River College for over twenty years. We serve the students, faculty, staff and the greater Sacramento community at large. Our gallery schedules eight shows a year. We have exhibitions of art by the Northern California Region's best and most notable artists. 


Kaneko Gallery Director: Patricia Wood
(916) 484-8399

Gallery Hours

Monday to Thursday:
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
11:00 am to 2:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday:
We are closed during the summer.


Fine and Applied Arts Complex.
Parking is available in Parking Lot D for $2.

Our History and Purpose

An environment of inclusivity

The James Kaneko Gallery has been on campus at American River College for over twenty years. We serve the students, faculty, staff and the greater Sacramento community at large with our exhibitions. Our gallery schedules eight shows a year beginning with the Fall Faculty Exhibition and ending the school year with the Annual Student Show in the spring. We have exhibitions of art by both the greater regions most established artists and from new emerging artists.  We have also hosted an exhibition of photos and prints by Andy Warhol and an exhibition title “Black Artist on Art; The Legends Exhibition” which included works by Betye Saar, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Samella Lewis and Charles White. Our exhibitions are diverse in subject matter, media and cultural representation. We strive to create an environment of inclusivity in our space.

Student involvement in the Gallery

This gallery is operated by students from the Gallery Operations classes Art 442, Art 443, Art 445 and by the Art 444 Portfolio class. They help choose, arrange and install the different shows.  They also keep the doors open and are ready to answer questions by visitors to the gallery. We consistently have over one hundred people at each opening reception and at least a thousand people will visit the gallery for each of our shows. We now have a Gallery Management Certificate available to students who complete the program.  We are one of the jewels in the crown of American River College.

Our main purpose is to serve students

Our main purpose is to serve the students in our various classes and to re-enforce their chosen fields of endeavor. We have various exhibitions that address the media taught here, such as painting, drawing, watercolor, printmaking, digital media, sculpture, ceramics and photography. These shows are chosen carefully keeping in mind the previous exhibitions. We also consciously choose exhibitions that can address the many different topics being studied by ARC’s student population. For instance in fall of 2020 we will be hosting an exhibition by mathematicians and scientist who make art that addresses those topics. We seek out local artists to emphasize the fact that the greater Sacramento region is a hotbed of visual art, but at least two shows a year are brought from places outside of the local area.

A professional venue

We strive to address the needs of the various student populations that attend American River College by exhibiting the works of artists who come from and whose art addresses the various cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds of our students.  We are always looking for artists who will address our very large ARC population in a thought provoking and innovative way. We work with the different Sacramento galleries and with local art collectors to augment our visual programming. We offer the artists the use of our gallery where their work is premiered with a well-attended reception. We offer these artists a chance to explain to the students how they create their artworks. We also periodically host professional artists lectures, workshops and events.

This is not just a student gallery, it is a professional venue and we work constantly to keep it that way.