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Patrons in the Perspective Gallery with Perspective Gallery logo in the left corner.

The mission of Perspective Gallery is to expand the student’s conceptual world through art appreciation and to encourage patronage of the arts. The Gallery organizes exhibits by local, national and international artists. Through these exhibits and educational programming, the Gallery inspires active learning about art and provides a conduit for dialogue on local and world issues. The Gallery supports the transdisciplinary educational goals of the University to benefit students and members of the community.

Even when we’re closed, exhibitions are visually available through our perimeter windows, in front, and down the corridor along the side of the gallery.

Suzi Gablik, The Tangled Bank Series, 1978 collage and oil on canvas, from the collection of Virginia Tech Perspective Gallery/SECL

Beyond Words: The Legacy of Suzi Gablik

November 1 – December 14, 2022

Perspective Gallery presents an exhibit exploring the influence of art critic and artist, Suzi Gablik (1934 - 2022) on the contemporary social practice arts movement. The exhibit highlights the early, prescient collage work of Suzi Gablik juxtaposed with handwritten excerpts of her writing.

Opportunities for Engagement include the following events:

  • Share your story on @PerspectiveArtGalleryVT Instagram page of how Suzi’s writing or artwork has inspired you or impacted your art career choices. Visit @PerspectiveArtGalleryVT to add your story.
  • As part of the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars lecture series, Fern Shaffer, a Chicago based artist and feminist eco artist featured in Gablik’ book, The Reenchantment of Art (Thames and Hudson, 1991), will be an artist-in-residence November 2–5.
  • Friday, November 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Perspective Gallery, Fern Shaffer will speak on “The Importance of Ritual” Free and open to all.
  • Friday, November 11, 3 - 4 p.m. Fern Shaffer will present her talk exploring the importance of ritual through the Virginia Tech School of Visual Arts Fall Speaker Series (Zoom).
    Free and open to all.

Flex Exhibit: Collagraphs by Amelia Salisbury Non-Majors Book Arts Class

Collagraphy is a wonderful way to make prints using found objects and printmaking is a perfect way to create affordable art.  Students in the VT School of Visual Arts who were taking Amelia Salisbury’s “Book Arts” class used cardboard as a substrate to create a “printing plate” by gluing found objects on the surface in an abstract or representational design.  This printing plate was then inked using a roller (brayer), and then the inked plate transferred on to paper. Multiple copies can be printed from one plate and by changing or layering ink colors each print can be unique.  Prints are signed and then numbered with a fraction: the bottom number indicates the total number printed, and the top number indicates the number within the series.    

In this Flex Gallery exhibit you will find examples of completed prints, printing plates, and prints that have been signed and numbered.  These artworks were created by Virginia Tech students who are not majoring in art, but who want to explore the creative process.

Available for viewing in the corridor adjacent to the Perspective Gallery, second floor Squires.

Academic Year Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 6–9 p.m.
  • Tuesday–Saturday: 12–9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

Closed during university breaks and holidays

Winter Break Hours

  • 12/14: Closes at 3 p.m.
  • 12/15-1/16: Closed for maintenance
  • 1/17: Reopen with normal hours

For additional information contact:

Perspective Gallery (0138)
225 Squires Student Center
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061

540-231-6040 (Phone)
540-231-5403 (Fax)

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Art Reach is Perspective Gallery’s community outreach program which provides visual arts experiences to students and experiential learning opportunities to our gallery assistants and interns. 

Fall 2022 Art Reach 
The Underwater Wonders of Toms Creek Project

Pop Up Events support Art Reach by providing supplies and spontaneous creative events around campus and the surrounding community.