The Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA) came into existence in 1979 when private benefactors and contributors raised $400,000 to build an art gallery, studio, and staging area linked to the art curriculum at UCCS. The gallery openi - thus 35 years in 2016. The gallery originally served as an academic tool for visual arts students – a campus-based laboratory for exhibitions and studies in gallery management. Since its establishment, the gallery has continued to complement the academic program, but the mission has expanded to include the community at-large. In recent years, GOCA has become widely recognized by the general public as a regional asset in visual arts.
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