GWC: The First 50 Years

Wes Bryan, John Wordes and David Hudson

President Wes Bryan, John Wordes, and Dr. David Hudson

Since opening 50 years ago, Golden West College holds much history and artifacts. Once a large agricultural field, the 122-acre campus has blossomed into one of the most beautiful colleges in Southern California. To commemorate its anniversary, the GWC Art Gallery is hosting the “GWC: The First 50 Years” Historic Retrospect during the month of November.

The community is invited to walk through five decades of memorabilia, photographs and art installations. The exhibit features a peek into the exciting future of Golden West with architectural renderings of the new Math/Science Building and STEM center, a new Criminal Justice Training Center, and new Student Services One-Stop Center.

Spearheading this two-year project is retired charter faculty member John Wordes and current college historian. During the Grand Opening reception on Thursday, November 3rd, John was recognized for his contributions to the college with a special plaque naming the garden in front of the gallery in his honor. “We are greatly appreciative of all John has done as an educator and friend of the arts to bring respect and prominence to our campus for the past 50 years,” said GWC Dean of Arts and Letters David Hudson. “John is most deserving of recognition. His energy for the college has been immeasurable, and his commitment has been generously and tirelessly given.”

The 50 Year Retrospective art exhibit will be open until November 23rd. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 2pm.