History

Anna Lamar Switzer

The Anna Lamar Switzer Center is named in honor of Anna Lamar Switzer. Mrs. Switzer was the grandmother and mother of the Switzer and Reilly families who provided the transformational dollars to renovate and expand the Center in 2002.  The Anna Society was formed by a core group of arts supporters and an additional matching gift by the Switzer Family to help continue arts advocacy and support for PSC’s Visual Arts students and programs.

In 2014, The Switzer, Reilly and Lamar families committed funding to build the Charles W. Lamar Studio at PSC’s Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts.

In February 2018, a dedication was held announcing the completion of the new addition housing the Lamar Studio.

The Anna Society

The Anna Society is a group of individuals who are passionate about arts education and cultural enrichment along the Gulf Coast. This group advocates for and provides foundational dollars to the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, enriching our community at large.

Anna Society members make a difference to Pensacola State College by annually contributing their time, talent and treasure towards the cultural heritage and artistic future of Northwest Florida.

About The Center

The Anna Lamar Switzer Center for the Visual Arts is a teaching institution that strives to exhibit, collect, interpret, lend and preserve the visual arts. It focuses on contemporary art with an active commitment to taking an academic approach to programming and collections management.

The Center fulfills the College’s educational mission by serving as a resource for the visual arts by presenting exhibitions and programs to the academic audience and the general public.

What We Do

Anna Society supporters understand the educational, financial and cultural importance of the arts.

This group helps ensure the growth and success of the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts by:

  • contributing annually to the visual arts at Pensacola State College
  • advocating the importance of arts education
  • attending Switzer Center events and exhibitions

Do You Know

A few facts about the Visual Arts Program and the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College:

  • The center is home to the Switzer Gallery and Lamar Studio
  • Since 2000, enrollment in PSC Visual Arts courses increased by 142%.
  • 70% of PSC arts students work while also taking classes.
  • More than 64,000 people visit the Switzer Gallery each year.

Join The Anna Society

By joining the Anna Society, you are supporting Visual Arts at Pensacola State College.

Your donation to the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts enhances the lives of students and adults throughout our community. Anna Society individuals are essential for the continued success of and future enhancements to the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts.

Thank you for believing in the arts at PSC.