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Marks Art Center

Current Exhibition:

War Comes Home: The Legacy Comes to the Marks Art Center at College of the Desert Exhibition Features Correspondence Revealing How War Changes Lives, Families, Communities

Open from September 25-November 20, 2016  

Highlighting private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, the exhibition War Comes Home: The Legacy will be on display September 25 - November 20, 2016 at College of the Desert's (COD) Marks Art Center (MAC). The traveling exhibition, rich with historic and contemporary letters, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier’s homecoming. Information about a reception and associated programming is forthcoming.

 War Comes Home: The Legacy is part of Cal Humanities’ on-going War Comes Home initiative, a thematic program designed to promote greater understanding of veterans and explore how war shapes a community. The exhibition is based on the work of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) and is presented by Exhibit Envoy. Andrew Carroll, the Director of CAWL and an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, and John Benitz, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Chapman University, co-curated the exhibition.​


2015-2016 Installations  

"The Salton Sea: Lost in Paradise" Curated by Deborah Martin     March 21-May 1, 2016

COD Reception: Thursday, March 31, 5-7 pm

Artists' Reception: Friday, April 1, 5-7 pm


An Open Book 2, Work by Barbara Ellman February 4-March 11, 2016

Set in Stone: Petroglyphs of the Orosí Volcano
November 16-December 17, 2015
Let's get Engaged
September 14-October 29, 2015

2014-2015 Installations

Annual COD Student Scholarship Exhibition
April 20-May 14, 2015​
Desertscapes: Peripheral Visions
March 9-April 9, 2015
Lifework Pop Up Gallery-The Company We Keep
January 20-February 26, 2015
Before I die...
October 20-December 11, 2014
The Coachella Valley Art Scene Presents...
September 15-October 9, 2014

Ongoing Exhibition

Selections from the college's African Art Collection are on display in the College of the Desert Library. The school library is adjacent to the Palm Desert Library on the south side of campus on Fred Waring Dr. between Monterey Ave. and San Pablo Ave. Images of individual artworks can be seen below.