The Cogar Gallery, located at the entrance of the Hummel Corporate and Professional Education Center, offers a refreshing change of pace for participants of training programs or meetings. It can be the perfect place for quiet, individual contemplation or an elegant setting for receptions and networking/refreshment breaks. The Cogar Gallery schedules local, regional and national art exhibitions throughout the year.
George Cogar was a Herkimer County citizen who was instrumental in the founding of Mohawk Data Sciences Corporation during the 1960s. He left MDS and founded the Cogar Corporation, designing and manufacturing computer chips. He received an honorary doctoral degree from West Virginia University at Wesleyan for his expertise in computer science.
Cogar and his wife Ann established the Cogar Foundation for the express purpose of awarding grants and scholarships to students of Herkimer County and students of Herkimer College specifically to continue their education toward a baccalaureate degree. The scholarships are administered through the Herkimer County College Foundation. The Cogar Foundation's contribution to the HCC Foundation's "General's Campaign" resulted in the naming of the Cogar Gallery.
From Herkimer's earliest days, the Cogars were friends and active supporters of the college and its administration. Over the past three decades, the Foundation, established in their name, has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Herkimer graduates in the form of scholarships, to continue their education at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation.
George Cogar has been missing since his plane went down in British Columbia September 2, 1983.
The Cogar Gallery, located in the Robert McLaughlin College Center, is open to the public free of charge, 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday when the College is open.