Current Exhibition

The University Art Gallery is delighted to present two honors thesis exhibitions: Kara Adams’ Down Yonder and Bailey Stevens’ The Obscured Finish Line: Once More the Fool. 

With the warm photographs of Down Yonder, Kara Adams invites viewers into a deeply personal and intimate experience of rural Southern life, showing us “mothers and daughters and sisters and fathers and lovers, rather than characters.” Looking at Adams’ many small scale photographs in series on the wall, turning the pages of her photo albums, we are invited, for a moment, to join her family, and, in Adams’ words to “see in us, yourself.” 

In The Obscured Finish Line: Once More the Fool, Bailey Stevens confronts the viewer with large scale, brightly colored paintings of young men and women caught in the revelry of party culture, using painting to “investigate the journey [she] and her peers have been on.” Isolated against their vivid backgrounds, these figures elicit a complex response from the viewer. They at once look foolish, joyful, and vulnerable, and seem to ask the viewers to identify and to choose. They present specific, recognizable portraits, but are also archetypal. In each painting Stevens represents an experience or personal position - inspired by tarot cards -  that we all inhabit at different times in our lives, and that will repeat. In Stevens’s words, “We begin, we learn, we change, we start again. Using my paintings to represent the stages of a universal timeline, I encourage the self-reflection that can help teach us about ourselves and how to move forward.”

To protect the health of those on and off our campus, in-person visits to the exhibition are reserved for students, faculty, and staff of the University already on campus.  To view slideshows of their thesis work, please follow the link below.

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About the UAG

The University Art Gallery fulfills an essential role on campus. Devoted to exhibitions of contemporary art, the UAG fosters innovation and creativity, and experiential and visual learning. UAG exhibitions encourage conversation beyond the classroom, between all the members of our community, and a welcoming and diverse campus community.

Academic Engagement

Working together, faculty members and the Director and Curator of Academic Engagement build productive ways for UAG exhibitions and events to support courses across the curriculum. Students contribute to exhibitions and programming, they visit exhibitions to consider course themes and questions, they have conversations with visiting artists, they use artists’ methodologies and work as inspiration for class assignments, they put their foreign language skills to work in a community setting outside the classroom. Use the button below to contact Shelley MacLaren, Director and Curator of Academic Engagement, to discuss possibilities for your classes.

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Friends of the UAG

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Past Exhibitions

The University Art Gallery was honored to present Allegiance, a quiet and intimate exhibition of complex and beautiful woven textiles by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens, on view from Oct. 25 through Dec. 13, 2019.

In Allegiance, Brackens plays with our expectations and associations, turning symbols, lyrics, and materials to new purposes. He refashions American and Confederate flags, he quotes and recasts the lyrics to the minstrel song Dixie and to the hymn Holy, Holy, Holy, he makes the language of advertising both sentimental and subversive, and he - an African American whose antecedents picked cotton in Texas - self-consciously transforms that fraught material into beautiful textiles.

Art / Music / Dance

The Annual Campus Gallery Walk brings together art, music, and dance, and gives our students an exciting opportunity to experiment, perform, and reach new audiences. This year, our remarkable students responded to the restrictions required by the pandemic with creativity and resilience, producing performances to be shared with remote audiences.