The galleries serve the university, community, state, and region and are the principal facilities emphasizing the visual arts in northern Idaho. The University Gallery occupies the main floor of Ridenbaugh Hall on campus (corner of Blake Street and Campus Drive) and the work of University Undergraduate and Graduate students studying in the disciplines of Art & Design, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture is exhibited here during the academic year. The Prichard Art Gallery is located at 414/416 South Main Street in downtown Moscow; it is open throughout the year. All gallery programs and exhibitions are open to the public and no admission is charged.
Through the galleries' rotation of exhibits, visitors may see examples of the full range of visual arts, including traditional and experimental art media, as well as decorative and applied design. The objectives of these galleries are to provide opportunities for local, regional, and national artists and students to exhibit their work, and a means by which visitors' awareness and appreciation of the arts is heightened. The galleries also serve as an excellent teaching device. Ties between the university and local and regional communities are strengthened by the outreach efforts of the Prichard Art Gallery.
In addition to exhibitions of work by artists of international, national, and regional repute, exhibitions mounted each year at the Prichard Art Gallery traditionally include those by faculty members and graduate students from the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences. Public receptions held in connection with some exhibitions, occasional musical performances presented at the galleries, seminars with guest artists and lecturers, and the A.R.T. Gallery Connections Docent Program (K-12), are ways in which the gallery serves the university and the community.
The gallery facilities and programs are administered through the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences.