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. The UAG serves students and courses across the college, and community members and visitors of all ages. UAG exhibitions encourage conversation beyond the classroom, between all the members of our community, and a welcoming and diverse campus community.

Location & Hours

The Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue between Convocation Hall and Guerry Hall. The hours are: Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. The Gallery is closed during the summer and for all academic breaks.

Meet the Director

Dr. Shelley MacLaren is the Director and Curator of Academic Engagement of the University Art Gallery. She teaches in Art, Art History, and Visual Studies (Modern and Postmodern Architecture, Italian Medieval Cities, and Italian Renaissance Art), and in the interdisciplinary Humanities program (Imitation, Quotation, Appropriation, and Genre, and others). She has frequently presented on campus art, architecture and monuments, including public lectures on Sewanee's portraits and the narthex windows of All Saints' Chapel.


The primary mission of the University Art Gallery is to serve the curriculum across the college. Previous exhibitions have connected with courses in politics, international and global studies, humanities, environmental studies, women’s and gender studies, history, Spanish, English, and art, art history and visual studies. We welcome proposals for exhibitions making connections across the curriculum.


To reach the University Art Gallery during open hours for information about current exhibitions and events, please call 931.598.1968. Other inquiries may be directed to the Director and Curator of Academic Engagement, Dr. Shelley MacLaren, at