ArtReach Gallery



Biography & Gallery Vision

Dr. Sheldon Hurst came to Portland from upstate New York where he was Professor of Art History, Gallery Director, and creator and Curator of the art collection at SUNY Adirondack. He edited Art and Poetry, a series of books that accompanied exhibitions in the college Visual Arts Gallery.  He is a lecturer and writer on topics related to poetry, spirituality and art.  Most recently, he curated the exhibition What was He Thinking? Jan Balet: Watercolors and Lithographs.  His essays are included in the related publication, Jan Balet: Living Art, published in 2018. 

He received his education in Boston where he did graduate study in 20th Century Art History at Boston University and theological studies at Andover Newton Theological School.   He did additional graduate work at Dominican University in Florence, Italy where he focused on Renaissance Art and studied museology at the Uffizi.  He received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study Renaissance Music in 1998 and was given the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2005.  He has also served as a minister in New England and New York, where he established art galleries in the churches he served.


Vision for Gallery Exhibitions

To always look for new ways to see.

The exhibitions in the ArtReach Gallery ask viewers to consider ways in which art connects and interacts with: 
Inter-Cultural and Inter-Spiritual Relationships;
Justice, Peacemaking and Social Concerns;
Identity Narratives.