Johnston Community College has partnered with the Johnston County Arts Council in operating the Frank Creech Art Gallery on the JCC campus.
To foster and enhance art experiences in the gallery, the Arts Council will stage four exhibits a year for the people of Johnston County and surrounding counties. The college retains ownership and will provide upkeep, security and utilities.
Named for the late Frank Creech, a Smithfield artist and JCC instructor, the gallery debuted in December 2010. The opening marked the culmination of a community effort to recognize Creech’s contributions to arts programs at the college, in Johnston County and beyond.
The 1,500-square-foot gallery was a collaborative project among the JCC Foundation, fine-arts and graphic-design faculty, and students at the college.
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Over the past five years, the gallery has played host to regional art exhibits, student art and JCC events and receptions. With help from the Arts Council, the college thinks the gallery will be able to attract greater local, regional and national art interests.
“We are so excited about our partnership with the Johnston County Arts Council,” said David Johnson, JCC president. “The gallery named in memory of the renowned artist and sculptor Frank Creech has always had a special meaning for JCC and Johnston County. We are hopeful by working with the JCAC we will take the gallery to new heights as an art destination for our community.”
Darlene Williford, executive director of the Johnston County Arts Council, said the Arts Council is excited about the partnership and the gallery’s future.
“The Johnston County Arts Council is honored to contribute to the building of this valuable partnership with Johnston Community College,” she said. “The Frank Creech Gallery is a remarkable space for displaying artwork, hosting receptions and offering educational opportunities. JCAC will work diligently to make this state-of-the-art gallery an exciting place for artists to exhibit and visitors to enjoy.”
The first gallery exhibit is scheduled for January.