The gallery sponsored a conference on arts censorship in 1991 which was reported in English magazines and in the United States with a quarter page story in Playboy Magazine.
The Mercer Gallery's reputation as a venue for exhibiting international artists helped gain a presentation grant in the Montage Festival of the Image. The Mercer exhibition in the Montage Festival was reviewed favorably by Vicki Goldberg, photography critic of the New York Times.
The Mercer Gallery presents works of divergent, cultural and aesthetic viewpoints, free of gender, racial, ethnic or national bias. The Gallery promotes an environment for students to participate in academic and cultural activities that foster their education as individuals and members of society and is integral to the college's mission.
The Mercer Gallery is a member of the SUNY Association of Museums and Galleries and The American Association of Museums.