Headley Gallery CSU Chico


The Jacki Headley University Art Galleryis a laboratory and exhibition space for contemporary art practices. Through innovative programming, the gallery engages and inspires the intellectual and creative life of the California State University, Chico community and the diverse audiences of Chico and the North State. The gallery hosts three to five exhibitions each year, along with the annual juried student exhibition and the MFA culminating exhibitions. Broadly focused on exhibiting exemplary work by artists living today, the gallery presents artwork of varying media, content and subject.

The Jacki Headley University Art Gallery is located in the new Arts and Humanities Building on the Chico State campus. Find us on the 1st floor, adjacent to the Turner Print Museum and the MFA Gallery.

The exhibition program is supported by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Instructionally Related Activities fees, Student Learning Fees, grants, and the generosity of donors and sponsors.

We acknowledge and are mindful that CSU, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, and we recognize the Mechoopda and their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that once sustained the Mechoopda people for centuries.

Location & Hours

Arts and Humanities Building 121 | California State University, Chico
Monday – Saturday : 12 – 4pm and by appointment
The gallery is closed during spring break and the summer and winter sessions.


Jacki Headley University Art Gallery
Department of Art and Art HistoryCalifornia State University, Chico
400 W. First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0820

Submission Policy

The Jacki Headley University Art Gallery is not currently accepting exhibition proposals.

Exhibitions and Events

Permeable Spaces

Permeable Spaces: A Conversation with Cathy Lu and Nicole Seisler
Friday, March 6th, 2020 5-6pm in Ayres Hall 201 The… READ MOREPERMEABLE SPACES

Plaques cuivre et laiton custom

Exposition de plaques personnalisées en cuivre & laiton
Réalisées par frapperie.biz

Ces plaques sont inscrites avec le texte de votre choix, chaque lettre est frappée à la main une par une dans le métal.
Produits artisanaux, fait-main en France par Karen et Raoul.

Cathy Lu: Foreign Bodies

January 30 – March 14, 2020

Artist Talk and Reception: Thursday January 30, 5:30pm, Zingg Recital Hall

Working primarily in ceramics, Bay Area artist Cathy Lu explores trans-cultural experiences through the appropriation and decontextualization of traditional Chinese art and its perception in the West. For the Jacki Headley Gallery, Lu will be creating a large-scale ceramics installation inspired by the ancient Chinese myth of the Immortal Peach Garden and its biblical counterpart the Garden of Eden.

Jacki Headley University Art Gallery 20/20 Tour

Join us Saturday, December 7th for a 20/20 tour led by BFA student Martin Townsend! 20/20 is a free tour… READ MOREJACKI HEADLEY UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY 20/20 TOUR

To Freeze the Shifting Phantasmagoria: Five California Painters

October 24 – December 14, 2019

Artist Panel Discussion and Reception: Thursday, October 24, 5:30pm, PAC 134

To Freeze the Shifting Phantasmagoria investigates the diverse strategies emerging in contemporary painting. Highlighting work by five California artists, Emily Davis Adams, Lisa Adams, Yoon Lee, Kara Maria, and Leah Rosenberg the exhibition reveals an energized proliferation of an age-old media that has been influenced by digital technology, the history of abstraction, installation art, as well as social and political concerns.

Bernie Lubell: Aspiration

August 29 – October 12, 2019

Artist Talk and Exhibition Reception: Thursday, August 29, 5:30pm, PAC 134
Gallery Talk: Thursday, September 19, 5:30pm

Based in San Francisco since the 1970s, Bernie Lubell (b. 1947) creates interactive sculptural installations based on his studies in psychology and engineering. The work explores the relationship between humans and machines, where viewers become active participants. Lubell’s projects have included a stone-age digital computer, a rainstorm of chaos and nostalgia, a phone booth-confessional communications network, and a simulation of the human heart as mechanical device.

64th Annual Juried Student Exhibition Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 64th Annual Juried Student Exhibition! These four artists were selected by Liv Moe, Founding… READ MORE64TH ANNUAL JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION AWARD WINNERS

64th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

64th Annual Juried Student Exhibition April 30 – May 17, 2019 Guest Juror: Liv Moe, Founding Director, Verge Center for… READ MORE64TH ANNUAL JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION

Guest Juror Talk: 64th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

64th Annual Juried Student Exhibition April 30 – May 17, 2019 Guest Juror: Liv Moe, Founding Director, Verge Center for… READ MOREGUEST JUROR TALK: 64TH ANNUAL JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION

Hope Blackwell: MFA Culminating Exhibition

Hope Blackwell Clandestine: Conversations with a Shadow MFA Culminating Exhibition April 9-13, 2019 Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, April 11,… READ MOREHOPE BLACKWELL: MFA CULMINATING EXHIBITION


MARCH 5 – 30, 2019 Reception: Thursday, March 14, 5:30-7:30PM Idea | Media | Process showcases the diverse and innovative… READ MORE

MFA Culminating Exhibition: Jory Harms

March 30 – April 4, 2020
Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, April 1, 5:30pm
Presenting new sculpture by Master of Fine Arts candidate Jory Harms.

65th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

April 20 – May 16, 2020

Juror Talk: Thursday, April 9, 5:30pm, PAC 134
Juror Lecture: Jordan Amirkhani

Awards Ceremony and Reception: Thursday, April 30, 5pm, PAC 134
The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition features works submitted by Chico State art students and selected by a guest juror. A highly anticipated event, the exhibition presents a range of approaches, concepts, and materials, including ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and digital media.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, noon-4pm
Campus: Arts and Humanities Building, Room 121
Email: kdlindner@csuchico.edu
Tel: 530-898-5864

Exhibits are free and open to the public.

The exhibition program is supported by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Instructionally Related Activities fees, Student Learning Fees, grants, and the generosity of donors and sponsors.

Legal Gender: The Irreverent Art of Anita Steckel

Curated by Kelly Lindner and Rachel Middleman

November 1 – December 14, 2018

Featuring the work of the politically-engaged artist Anita Steckel (American, 1930-2012), Legal Gender focuses on the Steckel’s innovative use of collage and appropriation as a feminist strategy to counter the dominant male narratives endemic to art history and American society.

Anita Steckel (1930-2012) was a feminist artist whose career spanned roughly 50 years. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 24, 1930 to immigrant parents from Russia. She lived and worked most of her life in New York City with early adventures to the West Coast and South America. She was married to sculptor Jordan Steckel in 1953 (divorced in 1967), and in 1960 they had a daughter, Dinah, who is mentally disabled. Anita Steckel studied art at Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art, Cooper Union, Alfred University, and the Art Students League where she also taught from 1984 until her death in 2012. She considered American painter Edwin Dickinson to be one of her most influential teachers.

Although Steckel worked primarily in collage and montage mediums, she also produced many paintings and a limited number of sculpture, ceramic and photographic works. In addition to issues of gender and sexuality, her body of work also deals with such subjects as art history, political leaders, jazz, anthropology and animals. Throughout her career, Steckel continued to create political and personal works, and her final series, Revisions on a Photo Album (2011-2012), demonstrates the intensity and critical eye for which she is known.

Trong Gia Nguyen: Dogg Days

August 30 – October 13, 2018

Trong Gia Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American artist living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His wide array of works examines structures of power in their myriad forms, scrutinizing the soft foundation upon which contemporary life plays out. Dogg Days will include sculptural objects that are playful in nature yet maintain a “deep state” of subversion and enquiry.

GLAMR Earth Week Celebration

April 18-26, 2021

Virtual Exhibition

The Virtual Exhibition is hosted through Google Slides. For the best experience it is advised to use your computer. If you decide to use your mobile device we advise you hold it horizontally. Listed below are some instructions that are important to read before entering the gallery space.


  1. First put the gallery in present mode on your computer
  2. Once you have entered the gallery space you will see a wide variety of artwork and photography aimed at the idea of sustainability. To learn more about a piece and it’s artist, click the image.
  3. When you are ready to go back to the gallery room select back button.
  4. Lastly, when you are ready to enter the next room you will select the next room button on the bottom right of your screen.

This Way to Sustainability Artists and Curator Panel

The video below is a recording of the Artists and Curator Panel from the This Way to Sustainability Conference hosted on March 26, 2021. Speakers include Rina Faletti, Sheryl Karas, Sabrina Chavez, Peter Alan, and Brian Fies. The panel is moderated by student lead, Sara Johnson.


The Jacki Headley University Art Gallery is supported by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, grants, and the generosity of donors. Student shows are funded through Instructionally Related Activities Fees.

Your support will provide additional opportunities for unique programming and artist opportunities.


For more information on giving to the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery, contact Daria Booth