About the Horton Gallery

The LH Horton Jr Gallery is a fine arts exhibition program within the Visual Arts Department of San Joaquin Delta College, and a venue of Delta Center for the Arts. The Gallery presents contemporary art exhibitions and inter-related lectures and workshops to:

  • Support Student Learning Outcomes in the visual arts curriculum.
  • Build knowledge in the aesthetic, technical, cultural and historical context of the visual arts.

The Gallery offers excellent exhibition opportunities to local, regional, and national artists, lenders and guest curators. Six exhibitions are presented annually, including a series of three juried exhibitions (ceramics, painting & sculpture, and photography); biennial faculty and alumni shows, a thematic small group show, and an annual student art show. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.

Gallery Committee

  • Jennifer Barrows, Professor Art History
  • Gary Carlos, Professor Sculpture and 3D Design
  • Shenny Cruces, Associate Professor of Ceramics
  • Chris Guptill, Dean of Arts and Communication
  • Jan Marlese, Gallery Director
  • Melanie Marshall, Professor Graphic Arts
  • Mario Moreno, Professor Drawing/Painting
  • Kirstyn Russell, Professor Photography
  • Ruth Santee, Professor Color and Design, and Printmaking

Gallery History

The Gallery's roots can be traced back to the winter of 1969, at which time the Art Department founded the Artists in Residence program. This program invited the best of Northern California's artists to work directly with students and generated the momentum needed to establish an official exhibition space on campus. As part of the Shima Center dedication in 1975, the SJDC Fine Arts Gallery was founded to promote professional and contemporary art. This original gallery functioned successfully through 1987 offering exhibitions and continued residency programming. In 1988 the space was unfortunately reconditioned for non-arts usage. A lack of financial support kept the Gallery closed through 1997. Quality arts programming re-emerged in the late 90's with the strengthening of the Fine Arts Division, and a regard for student and community exhibition needs. The Gallery was remodeled and permanently re-opened in the fall of 2000 as a professional art gallery. The Gallery supports the arts advocacy efforts of the Stockton Arts Commission, the California Arts Council, and the Stockton Unified School District Arts in Education program.