Welcome to the Egger Gallery, the Washington Pavilion's newest gallery in the former Egger Library.
"But, it wasn't utilized much so we said why not create this into an Egger Gallery. We talked to the Eggers and they said we'd be happy to be part of this," said David Merhib, the Director of the Pavilion's Visual Arts Center.
Housed in the VAC, the Egger Gallery features the Augustana Tribal Arts Collection. 17 works of art are in the collection and will be on permanent display.
"Our hope is that this collection really leads to the collecting of more Native work. That's one of our goals in the next five to ten years is to continue to collect Native work," said Merhib.
Purchasing the Augustana Tribal Arts Collection and creating the gallery cost nearly $46,000. 41 businesses and individuals made it all possible.
Merhib says showcasing Native art is important to our region's heritage.
"The Visual Arts Center is always looking for its niche, always looking for a way to say we're unique because of X. This is one way we can say we're unique to the community and unique to the region."
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