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Hillman-Jackson Gallery

The Hillman-Jackson Gallery is a showcase exhibition space for both professional visiting artists and faculty, as well as a curricular hub where students can engage in artist’s talks, class critiques, and installation participation.

Step inside the Hillman-Jackson Gallery at Simon's Rock.

Kate Hamilton: Off the Rack, September 6 - October 20, 2013

Students have the opportunity to submit their work to an Annual Juried Show in the gallery, and display class work in the Student Gallery—all in the heart of the Daniel Arts Center. 

Sunshine Cobb, 2017

Sunshine Cobb, 2017

About the artists

As a complement to this spring semester’s curricular focus on vessel-based work, this exhibition highlights the styles and techniques of seven makers working within the framework of the vessel. These seven artists were chosen for their highly refined use of very simple techniques and differing approaches to a similar theme. Minimally decorated, their work focuses on strong form and an overall sensibility of intentional touch, allowing softness and natural characteristics of the material to remain present.  

Artists: Sunshine Cobb, Mike Helke, Brian Hopkins, Mark Shapiro, Sam Taylor, Lindsay Oesterritter, and Emily Schroeder Willis

Current Exhibition

Narrowing the Variables: Seven Approaches to the Vessel

Curated by Ben Krupka, Faculty in the Arts

On view daily, January 23 - March 10, 2017

Narrowing the Variables references the many choices artists have when pursuing a body of work. These choices begin with simple questions such as: What type of clay will be used? Will the clay be wheel thrown, hand built, or cast? Will the work have a smooth or rough surface? What tools will be used to create that surface? As each question is answered, many options and investigations are left behind, creating a “narrowing of variables,” a funneling of ideas. What remains is a tight set of self-devised parameters that then becomes the language used for creative expression and communication with the world at large. 


The Hillman-Jackson Gallery is open daily during regular Daniel Arts Center building hours while the College is in session. The gallery is open to the public and handicapped accessible. 


Need help finding us? We offer directions to Simon's Rock from all points, and an interactive campus map.


For inquiries please contact Margaret Cherin, Curator, at or 413-528-7389.

Past Exhibitions

Kathleen Jacobs, Clearing

Clearing, 2015

Kathleen Jacobs

October 26 - December 21, 2016

Robin Williams: Man in Tall Grass

Man in Tall Grass, 2014

Robin Williams
Trailing Off

August 26 - October 7, 2016

 Event Horizon by Brea SoudersEvent Horizon, 2015

Brea Souders and Others
Entry Point

April 1 - May 4, 2016