The Community Art Gallery opened in 2008 as a joint venture between Northern Arizona University and High Country Conference Center. Since its opening, the Conference Center has met with acclaim hosting prestigious events such as the Arizona Board of Regents, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra Annual Gala, the American Cancer Society Denim and Diamonds, and A Taste of Flagstaff and the Viola Awards.
The Community Art Gallery offers exhibiting artists excellent exposure to a wide audience with 25,000 sq. ft. of space accommodating up to 1,000 guests for a general session or 800 for a seated banquet. The 1899 Ballroom consists of three separate meeting rooms with natural light and can accommodate up to 85 people for meetings or social events. The 153-room Drury Inn and Suites (located next to the conference center) also has five meeting rooms accommodating up to 300 guests.
The Gallery space features 5,200 sq. ft. of space, 35 ft. ceilings and window panels viewing the San Francisco Peaks. All areas maintain full natural lighting throughout the day while interior lighting at night offers excellent exposure from Butler Avenue. The Gallery consists of four areas:
- Pre-function hallway with gallery lighting for 2-dimensional framed pieces
- Adjacent hallway with gallery lighting for 2-dimensional framed pieces
- Raised platform area for 3-dimensional pieces in pedestal cases
- Lobby entrance windows for stained glass hangings