When Katherine Gibson took the director's job at Dale Mabry's Gallery 221@HCC, Dean Mary Bendickson challenged her to keep things interesting.

Gibson came through.

The gallery on the 2nd floor of HCC's Learning Resource Center has exhibited folk art, sculptures made of reclaimed wood and art pieces fashioned from twisted, bent and folded movie film.

Gibson, along with assistant Jose Gelats, put on a new show nearly every month, featuring emerging and recognized artists who work in all media. They keep their eye out for collections that will not only educate but intrigue students, faculty and the Tampa Bay community. The gallery has also expanded to the learning center's 3rd floor with Gallery 3, where HCC hosts its juried high school art show.
Gallery 221's shows are regularly reviewed by local media, and people are finding their way to the Dale Mabry campus expressly to see what's on display.

"It's one of our hidden gems here," says Bendickson. And it's one of the many ways HCC Dale Mabry shines in the Tampa Bay community.