Created in 1971, the Octagon Gallery is located on the basement level of the Patterson Library. Every year, Octagon Gallery Curator Nancy Nixon Ensign installs 12 shows featuring the work of local artists. The gallery has 105 ft. of exhibition space, 7 12×14 tall plywood walls, 38 black floating track lighting system and pedestals and locked cabinets available for sculptural or delicate works.

The goal of the art gallery program is to enhance the cultural and intellectual life of the community by providing exhibitions and services that highlight the visual and performing arts as well as other areas of cultural interest. See below for a full booking information, gallery schedule and past exhibits.

Interested in showing at the Octagon?

Call Nancy Nixon Ensign at 326-2154 or email


December 4- January 1, 2021 Cam Glosser Sea to Sky
January 8 – February 5- Molly Strong
February 12- March 12- Catherine Panebianco
March 19- April 16- Nancy Nixon Ensign
April 23- May 28- NSAA Member Exhibition
June 4- June 25- Rachel Burke
July 2- July 30 Susie Hosterman
August 6- September 3- NSAA Art Trail Artists
September 10- October 8- Jill Santi
October 15- November 12 Chautauqua Society of Artists
November 19- December 31 Kimberly Turner

Chautauqua County Arts Council