ArtReach Gallery is a non-profit art gallery located inside the historic downtown First Congregational Church across the park blocks from Portland Art Museum. The gallery’s exhibitions affirm the inter-relatedness of the creative arts with the full range of human experience. Curated exhibitions are developed on themes related to personal awareness and social change, to the practice of justice and peace-making, and to the freedom of creative expression. ArtReach gallery is always looking for new ways to see; be sure to come to our events & stay in touch!
DR. SHELDON HURST, CURATOR
Biography & Gallery Vision
Dr. Sheldon Hurst came to Portland from upstate New York where he was Professor of Art History, Gallery Director, and creator and Curator of the art collection at SUNY Adirondack. He edited Art and Poetry, a series of books that accompanied exhibitions in the college Visual Arts Gallery. He is a lecturer and writer on topics related to poetry, spirituality, and art. Most recently, he curated the exhibition What was He Thinking? Jan Balet: Watercolors and Lithographs. His essays are included in the related publication, Jan Balet: Living Art, published in 2018.
He received his education in Boston where he did graduate study in 20th Century Art History at Boston University and theological studies at Andover Newton Theological School. He did additional graduate work at Dominican University in Florence, Italy where he focused on Renaissance Art and studied museology at the Ufﬁzi. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study Renaissance Music in 1998 and was given the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2005. He has also served as a minister in New England and New York, where he established art galleries in the churches he served.