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Ray Frederick Gallery celebrates 30th anniversary
October 8, 2017

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How do art lovers celebrate the 30th anniversary of a gallery? They make sure it's filled with artwork! This year marks the 30th anniversary of Marshalltown Community College's Ray Frederick Gallery, and MCC Art Faculty Tim Castle says that monthly shows continue to be booked out more than four years into the future. "That's a really good thing," Castle smiles.

Named after retired MCC Art Faculty Ray Frederick, the gallery (originally located in a large classroom) was dedicated in 1987. The Gallery was rededicated in its current location (MCC room 306) following the College's Phase V construction in 1993. Frederick was MCC's art instructor from 1953 to 1986, and his paintings were exhibited both during the 1987 dedication and during the 1993 christening of the new Gallery. He most recently exhibited his own work in October 2000, and then he attended the exhibit of former student David Bratzel's artwork in 2014.

Frederick says his career at MCC played a large part in the teaching, personal, and professional aspects of his life. "I have fond memories of my time there, and Castle reports that the College is adhering to the original intent of using the Gallery for educational purposes.

Castle, who is in his 19th year at MCC, looks forward to continuing to meet artists and book new exhibits.

The MCC Ray Frederick Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm. The Gallery is located just south of the library and across the hall from the bookstore in room 306.

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