The Hartnell Gallery presents a wide range of exhibitions of art from diverse historical and cultural sources. Claes Oldenburg, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Marion Post Wolcott, Chinese Painting, Henri Matisse, Mexican Dance Masks, are examples of this range. The goal of the exhibitions program is to bring works that will help inform and enrich the learning of students in the many disciplines offered by the Hartnell art classes. A large overview of works produced by Hartnell students concludes each academic year’s schedule.

The Gallery also has several permanent collection for study and exhibition that includes; Photographs from the Farm Security Administration, The Al Schoepf Collection of Japanese Ceramics, The Mrs. Leslie Fenton Netsuke Collection, Dance Mask of Mexico, Huichol Indian Ritual Artifacts, San Francisco Bay Area Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) Art, The Robert Skiles Collection of Japanese Folk Art, Photographs by Jim Casson, and Ceramics and Weaving by Helen Beecher, The Dr. Irving Stuart Collection of Chinese Scrolls. 

The Gallery welcomes the wide community that Hartnell College serves and is open without charge to all.