The Ralph Hurst Collection
In 2004, TCC acquired the prestigious Ralph Hurst Collection through the generous donation of the late sculptor Ralph Hurst and his wife Jean. A gallery was built to house the collection adjacent to the lobby of the Fine & Performing Arts Center.
Currently the gallery is undergoing a major renovation and repurposing to bring the space more in line with its new name, The Ralph Hurst Learning Center. One section of the newly organized space will be reserved for Ralph’s work. Other areas will be dedicated to the various methods and materials used by artists. The emphasis will be giving students and patrons an understanding of how art is created. The spaces will explain, for example, “what is etching?”, “how are bronze sculptures cast?”, or “are oil and acrylic paints the same?” Work from the collection, or work by local professional artists, will illustrate the various media.