Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography

An image of three photographs on the gallery walls from the exhibition In the Air: A photographic investigation of the instances and processes that give rise to airborne particles
In the Air


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Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography COVID-19 Update

A Message from our Director

Dear friends of the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography,

I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and supported during these unprecedented times. The Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography is proud to be a part of the University of La Verne, which is showing great leadership and support for its students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community during this pandemic.

Although for the foreseeable future the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography is physically closed, we are dedicated to making education, human connections and support our continued focus. It is in our Gallery‚Äôs mission that we are ‚Äúa vital center for civic engagement,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúdedicated to the University of La Verne‚Äôs commitment to diversity, inclusivity and community engagement.‚ÄĚ We will continue to uphold these values and have created a few new online platforms as a place to connect and create further opportunities with which to build and foster our community.¬†

Our new online presence for the Irene Carlson Gallery is paired with our Instagram @ulvphotography and upcoming Facebook page. We will be hosting photography contests, sharing opportunities and support for artists, ways to support ULV students and our local community members, creative responses that artists are making to the sheltering at home mandate, an archive of the Irene Carlson Gallery content and more. 

While all physical exhibitions have been postponed until classes resume on campus, we are still providing live online visiting artists talks and panel discussions that will be archived on our videos section of our website at Follow us and sign up for our mailing list and view our events section to stay up to date on our upcoming visiting artist talks.

I am proud to report that during this challenging time we have continued to pay our student workers, staff and faculty and would be deeply grateful for your support at any level. Your donations have allowed ULV to honor its rich past, foster community and build an artistic future!

Change is the only constant there is and as creatives we thrive in times of uncertainty. I am grateful for our students, faculty, staff, artists and community members for your understanding as we transition to our new online platforms. We are truly all in this together and we are doing our part to continue to create and support our arts community. We look forward to reopening and welcoming you back to the campus and to the gallery again with a reception to celebrate our community and to share our perspectives on the medium of photography. 

‚Äď Shannon Benine, Director + the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography staff


Located in the heart of the University of La Verne‚Äôs main campus, on the garden floor of historic Miller Hall, The Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography is a vital center for civic engagement. Through a compelling program of exhibitions, lectures, screenings and discussions, that promote a critical dialogue about the role of contemporary photography today, the gallery generates collaboration, conversation and artistic growth between our students, faculty, staff and the local community.

Established in 1990, the gallery is dedicated to the University of La Verne‚Äôs commitment to diversity, inclusivity and community engagement within the broader context of intellectual life on campus. In addition to the four contemporary photography exhibitions and events each academic year, the Gallery hosts an internship program where students learn curatorial methodologies, exhibition design and production.¬†

All exhibitions and events are always free and open to the public.