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The Price Center’s outdoor permanent art gallery is expanding with the addition of a new Tiny Garden Gallery (TGG) just installed inside the main archway entrance to the front Garden. This new gallery space features tiny art submitted from the San Marcos community. The TGG, a former Little Free Library, was donated by local artist Karen Cross, and repurposed by Texas State University interns, Rachel Trout and Hannah Comstock.

The Tiny Garden Gallery was imagined for the purpose of bringing in more art to the Garden as well as encouraging more of our San Marcos community to publicly display their art. This newest collaboration between the Price Center and Texas State University will also allow a new range of ever-changing artwork to be submitted and displayed within the Center’s Garden alongside 11 other current permanent works of public art.

“My passion is art,” said Cross, a community artist, educator, and founding member of the former 218 Co-Op Gallery downtown. “I thought it would be wonderful to have a Public Art Gallery at a Community Center on a small scale with art rotating frequently,” she added. The Price Center Garden, it turns out, was the perfect fit for Cross who hopes the Gallery helps build a strong sense of belonging to the community through art.

As Arts Education majors, Trout and Comstock wanted the new Gallery to be approachable to all. Its petite size offers a unique and intimate experience, forcing the viewer to move closer to the artwork enclosed in the box. The lower height also makes it very kid-and-wheel-chair friendly. And a QR-code driven submission process makes it easy to participate.

“As we worked on transforming the library into the gallery, it was amazing how many opportunities we had to talk with visitors passing by,” said Rachel Trout, intern. “The ‘community’ began with this project just through working on it outside,” she added. “Hannah and I can’t wait to see how the Tiny Gallery brings in a whole new community.”

The Tiny Garden Gallery represents the second successful collaboration between TXST University’s School of Arts & Design and the Price Center. The pair were part of a 5-gallery collaborative show featuring late San Marcos artist Bill Huston earlier this year.

Find more information and the application to submit artwork for the Tiny Garden Gallery by using the QR Code located on the Gallery itself, or by visiting Click on Tiny Garden Gallery. For more information about our other gallery displays and more, please call 512-392-2900 or stop by the Center at 222 W. San Antonio St, downtown San Marcos

Pictured above l-r: Rachel Trout, intern; Hannah Comstock, Intern; Karen Cross Donor and first to display in the Garden. Below: A Conversation by Karen Cross


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