Known then as the “Little Gallery,” it was tucked into a small space in the old library building and exhibited works by faculty, students and local artists, several of who went on to have significant careers in the local and national art world. In the mid 1970s, faculty member and noted painter Gregory Kondos became director of the gallery and associated programs. In 1982 after the completion of several modernization projects, the art building was dedicated as the Amalia Fischbacher Fine Arts Building.
Gregory Kondos retired the same year and the “Little Gallery” was renamed in his honor. After a series of rotating appointments, Darrell Forney, art department faculty, painter and filmmaker, took over the directorship in the mid 1980s. In 1997 art faculty member and multi-media artist, Chris Daubert became director and helped secure the gallery’s 2009 remodel. The Kondos Gallery reopened in the Fall of 2010, completing a fitting tribute to the history of the college and those individuals who have maintained its traditions while moving forward into the Twenty-first Century.
About the Fine Arts Collection
The Sacramento City College holds a collection of fine arts, first begun as an art bank and subsequent study collection. The holdings now boast over a 1,000 objects representing the diverse cultural periods of the college faculty and its most advanced students, as well as notable examples of historical works in a variety of media. The collection augments the Art and Art History Department’s values to promote art literacy, serve as an educational tool, while offering accessibility for research and loans.
- To establish the Kondos Gallery as an important arts destination within the local community, including the Northern California and Central Valley
- Promote creativity and visual literacy in our students so they may be engaged and productive members of an increasingly visual culture
- Maintain an awareness of current aesthetic, philosophical, and cultural developments that are occurring in the world of contemporary art
- Be aware of the diversity of cultures in our student body
- Introduce professionalism to our art students through juried exhibitions and hands-on training in the aspects of gallery management