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Spring 2013

May 9 – 23 | 2013 BFA Exhibition
Reception in Dugan & University Galleries:
Reception: May 9, 5 – 7p.m.   (open by appointment after May 9th)

UML BFA Spring 2013 Exhibition Show

April 8 25 | Sculpture 2013
New work from the Sculpture and Ceramics Studios
Curated by professor Jim Coates
Reception: April 10, 3 – 4p.m.
(image: Duy Hoang, Advanced Sculpture Studio)

Exhibit: Sculpture 2013

April 1 – 25 | Spirit Level V: An American Road Trip | Read Press Release
From Lowell, MA to Lexington, VA: A Studio Visit with Sally Mann
An American, French, & Norwegian Student Photography Collaboration
Organized by Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Professor of Art at UMass Lowell & Spirit Level Program Director
Reception: April 4, 5 7pm; Opening remarks at 5:30pm

Sally Mann, Untitled (from the Deep South series)

Spirit Level V group in Lexington, VA with Sally Mann (front-right with apron)

Spirit Level V: An American Road Trip features the work of 18 photography students (six each) from Norway’s Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo, the École Supérieure d’Arts & Médias de Caen/Cherbourg in France, and the Photography Program of the Art Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Photographs from the three-van caravan road trip from Lowell to Rochester’s George Eastman House and on to Lexington, Virginia to visit the studio farm of America’s beloved photographer, Sally Mann, comprise the works featured in this double-venue exhibition held at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell on South Campus and at the Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery at 117 Merrimack Street in downtown Lowell.

February 25 – March 22 | Gail Smuda | Read Press Release
A Retrospective of Handmade Artist’s Books
Artist Reception: February 26, 3 - 5pm

Gail Smuda, Respect

Respect, handmade book with mixed media, 2012, photo credit-Charley Freiberg


February 25 March 22 | Building Visual Foundations
New work from the Foundations Studios
Participating classes include Form & Content, Drawing I, and Concepts I & II
Curated by professor Ellen Wetmore
Reception: February 25, 3p.m. – 4p.m.

Exhibit: Building Foundations


January 28 February 15 | Sound of Light:
Photography and Sculpture from the Middle East and Massachusetts

Photographs by Journalism and Media Studies Program Director and guest artist, Wael Kamal
Sculpture Installations by B.F.A. student, Duy Hoang, Class of 2013 and Lars-Erik Miller, Class of 2014
Reception: February 7th, 12–2p.m.

This exhibition features photographs by UML Assistant Professor Wael Kamal and sculpture by BFA students, Duy Hoang (Class of ’13) and Lars-Erik Miller (Class of ’14). Professor Kamal is currently Interim Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Program. He is an award-winning Egyptian photographer, whose work originates from a passionate personal vision of the world through light and form.

Exhibit: Sounds of Light

Untitled, courtesy of Wael Kamal


January 22 – February 15 | UML Invitational Exhibition | Read Press Release
Carborundum Prints by FRAN BULL from the Barcelona! Series
New Kinetic Work by Anne Lilly
Artist Reception: January 23, 3 - 5p.m.; Artist presentation begins in O'Leary 222 at 3:30p.m.

The Art Department at UMass Lowell is proud to host this dynamic-duo exhibition that pairs Fran Bull’s print series, Barcelona! with new work by Boston-based sculptor, Anne Lilly in the University Gallery. This UML Invitational Exhibition combines the talents of these two established contemporary artists working in divergent media and materials. Together, the works engage each other in energy and movement. The improvisational lines of Bull’s prints react in concert with the graceful motion of Lilly’s interactive sculptures. On view through February 15.

Fran Bull and Anne Lilly, Festa

(l) Fran Bull, Festa, carborundum etched plexiglass print, 49 x 43 inches, 2001 (r) Anne Lilly, Precise the Object's Loss,
72 x 24 x 24 inches, machined stainless steel, 2012


Fall 2012

December 13 - 27 | Fall 2012 BFA Exhibition
Featuring the senior thesis projects from the Art & Design studios by the graduating seniors. In both the Dugan Gallery and University Gallery.
Reception: December 13, 5 7pm


November 19 – 30 | Farr Solarium
Installation Work by Duy Hoang, Class of 2013


(t) Hoang (b) Ryan


November 5 – 30 | Terrible Beauty | Read Press Release
Paintings on Paper by Jennifer Nuss
Artist Reception: November 15, 3 5pm

Jennifer Nuss, 23 By the Moonlight

23 By the Moonlight, gouache on Japanese paper, 78 x 92 inches


October 1 – 26 | Calculated Chaos- The Art of Blue Q | Read Press Release
Two Decades of Product Design Madness
Curated by Karen E. Roehr, Associate Professor of Art at UMass Lowell
Special Event October 3, 3 – 5pm: A dynamic and inspirational presentation by Art Director, Founder and Co-owner Mitch Nash will begin at 3 o'clock in O'Leary 222; a reception at the gallery will follow immediately until 5 o'clock.

Blue Q’s first retrospective is a peek behind the curtain, an entertaining and visual record of the company’s product development process, showing its obsession with taking everything to its lunatic conclusion. One of the world’s most innovative gift manufacturers, Blue Q has collaborated with some of the world’s most talented graphic designers and illustrators to develop over 2,000 products. At times devilishly irreverent, witty, profound or just plain beautiful, the company wares reflect a unique and loving corporate culture that is really the secret to making it happen.

Karen E. Roehr is Associate Professor of Art with the Art Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, teaching courses in graphic design and typography. 

Blue Q History, photo courtesy of Blue Q

Blue Q History, photo courtesy of Blue Q


September 24 October 11 | The LOWELLcal Experience
Reception: Sept 25, 3pm - 4:30pm
The LOWELLcal Experience is an exhibition of advertising campaigns for the City of Lowell created by 2 winning teams of upper level students as part of the Spring 2012 Advertising Design class. The work was produced under the direction of the Creative Economy Initiatives Fund grant recipient and UML professor Karen E. Roehr.
The Creative Economy Initiatives Fund was established in 2007 to support faculty initiatives in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


September 5 21 | Re-Visioning in the Garden of Eden | Read Press Release
Extended Media Photographs by Chehalis Hegner
Artist Reception: September 6, 5 7pm; Gallery Talk 5:30

"Re-Visioning in the Garden of Eden" is an exhibition of extended media photographs by Chehalis Hegner. This retrospective exhibition includes black-and-white photographs from past portfolios projects and new experimental work that incorporates varying media applied and collaged onto archival digital photographs. From the sacred to the profane, Hegner takes her photographs to a new level. Incorporating scraps of bible verses and torn pages from soft-porn magazines, she ‘re-visions’ her own paradise [or purgatory?] in these multi-layered artworks.

Chehalis Hegner is a visiting photography lecturer with the Art Department who is currently teaching Photography I, Documentary Image, and Senior Studio Seminar. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts at the Art Institute of Boston MA. Hegner’s work was most recently included in the 2012 Juried Exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Burlington MA. She has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions, including the Photographic Resource Center and the Art Institute, Boston MA, the Maryland Art Place, Baltimore MD, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish NH, the Cultural Center in Varigotti, Italy, and the National Gallery of Art in Pristina, Kosovo where she received the "Gjon Mili" Photography Prize in 2010.

Chehalis Hegner, Falling Magdalene

Falling Magdalene, archival inkjet photographic print, torn bible text, milk paint,
and tinted varnish on birch wood panel, 29.5 x 19 inches, 2012.


September 5 – 13 | Selections from the Class of 2012 BFA Exhibition
Curated by Jason Allen, Class of 2013

Spring 2012

May 10 - 24 | Spring 2012 BFA Exhibition
Reception: May 10. 5-7pm

Featuring the senior thesis projects of the graduating seniors from the Art & Design studios.
(on view thru May 24; access only through the Art office after opening reception)


April 2 - 26 | Boston Sculptors Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
Curated by UML professor Ellen Wetmore | Read Press Release

Artist Reception and Gallery Talk with Gillian Christy: April 4, 5 - 7 pm
A Conversation with Nancy Selvage: April 23, 3-4:30 in O'Leary 222
Artist Workshop with Rosalyn Driscoll: April 9 & 10, in the studios (space is limited - contact for sign-ups & schedule)

Outdoor Exhibition continues through June 30.

The University Gallery at UMass Lowell is pleased to present a group exhibition of work by the Boston Sculptors. This exhibition highlights the variety of approaches to sculpture explored by 30 of the members and features an eclectic examination of materials and processes. The show includes works installed in the gallery and outdoors in the adjacent quad area. The Boston Sculptors is an artists’ cooperative whose founding members recognized in 1992 that there was a shortage of exhibition opportunities for sculpture in the Boston area. They set about to create more opportunities, in exhibition spaces, public galleries and in public art. What began as a series of conversations over dinner has, twenty years later, yielded two successful commercial galleries and numerous critically acclaimed shows.

Representative works from Massachusetts Cultural Council award-winning artists Laura Baring-Gould, Rosalyn Driscoll, Beth Galston, Mags Harries, Sarah Hutt, and Julia Shepley will be included as well as important works by B. Amore, Caroline Bagenal, Kim Bernard, Benjamin Cariens, Gillian Christy, Murray Dewart, Donna Dodson, Laura Evans, Sally S. Fine, Peter DeCamp Haines, David Lang, Michelle Lougee, Joyce McDaniels, Nancy Selvage, Jessica Straus, Marilu Swett, Dan Wills and Andy Zimmermann.

Outdoor works are on view through June 30th and include work by Andy Moerlein, Margaret Swan, Hannah Verlin, Joseph Wheelwright and Leslie Wilcox. This show is offered in conjunction with the yearlong activities throughout New England to celebrate the group’s twentieth anniversary.

Boston Sculptors Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
"An Impossible Journey," by Andy Moerlein is part of the outdoor exhibition.

Boston Sculptors Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
Hannah Verlin, (detail) "Lowell Flowers." temporary outdoor installation, approx. 20 feet diameter, 2012.


April 2- 26 | Student Sculpture Show
Reception: April 11, 5-6pm
As a companion exhibiton to the "Boston Sculptors Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary," the Dugan Gallery hosts an exhibit of work by B.F.A. students enrolled in the Spring 2012 Sculpture class working under the direction of Prof. Jim Coates.


February 27 - March 23 | A Picture's Worth: Contemporary Graphic Novel Artists
Curated by UML professor Karen E. Roehr with Susan Kirtley, Ph.D | Read Press Release
Artist Talk & Reception: February 28, 3 - 5pm

A Picture's Worth will feature work from exciting contemporary graphic novelists working in a variety of genres.  From lauded stalwarts to up-and-coming artists, the show demonstrates the diversity and range of graphic novels, a medium known for innovative pairings of text and image to convey stories.  Dynamic pieces from James Sturm, Lynda Barry, Gareth Hinds, Liz Prince, Matt Phelan, and Veronica Fish will illustrate in grand fashion precisely what a picture is worth.

BAM! Comics Meet Literature at UMass Lowell >>

A Picture's Worth, Contemporary Graphic Novel Artists
Pirates of Mars Veronica Fish + JJ Kahrs, writer

January 23 - February 17 | Raymond Pettibon:The Punk Years, 1978-86
Organized by Independent Curators International; Curated by David Platzker

Special Events: February 1, 3 - 5pm, beginning with a talk, titled "Raymond Pettibon, The Punk Years" by William Kaizen, Ph.D. at 3 o'clock in O'Leary 222; followed by a reception at the gallery until 5 o'clock.

Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, and Feb16, "History of Punk Rock" Film Series every Thursday in the University Gallery at 6pm. Films include: American Hardcore - The History of Punk Rock 1980 - 1986, Punk's Not Dead, and Punk: Attitude featuring Henry Rollins.

Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86 taps into the steady stream of this California artist’s early graphic arts production, before he appeared on the contemporary art stage. The exhibit includes over 200 examples of Pettibon’s powerful designs made within that period, when he was immersed in the Los Angeles punk rock scene, doing the graphic design for Black Flag and other punk bands. While Pettibon remains a cult figure among underground music devotees for these early designs, over the past twenty years, he has acquired an international reputation as one of the foremost contemporary American artists working with drawing, text, and artist’s books. Crossing back and forth between music and the visual arts, this project shows Pettibon’s raw imagery, heavily shadowed technique, and characteristic visual punch in formation, and includes 44 zines, 120 fliers and posters, and a selection of album covers.

Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86 is the first in ICI's Exhibitions in a Box series. Circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, this exhibition has been curated by David Platzker.

Raymond Pettibon, The Punk Years, 1978-86
Flyer/handbill for gig by The Circle Jerks featuring artwork by Pettibon, offset-printed, 8.5 x 11 inches, 1980


Fall 2011

December 15 - 29 | Art & Design Fall 2011 Senior Show
BFA Exhibition

2011 BFA Exhibition

November 28 December 2 | "Fifteen-Minute Features" presents:
Installation projects by advanced sculpture students under the direction of Prof. Jim Coates.

Fifteen-Minute Features are one-week student exhibitions showcasing artwork from the UML BFA Art & Design Program.

November 7 - December 2 | Astronaut
Paintings by Scott Listfield

Boston-based artist, Scott Listfield, is known for his paintings, all featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Inspired by the futuristic cartoons and movies of his youth, he expected to grow up into a world filled with flying cars, lunar vacations, and robot best friends. What we got instead is sometimes a little disappointing. The astronaut in Listfield’s paintings represents a visitor from the alternate future of his youth, sent here to our present to uncover the sometimes ugly, occasionally futuristic landscape of today.

Astronaut, Scott Listfield
The Parking Ticket, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2010

October 24 November 18
| "Process Made Visible III" BFA Student Paintings
Curated by Stephen Mishol
Reception: Nov 3, 5:30 - 7:30

Process Made Visible III - BFA Student Painting

October 3 - 28, 2011 | The Weasel Problem
Multi-Media Installation by Zehra Khan and Tim Winn

The Weasel Problem is a multi-media installation by Provincetown-based artists, Tim Winn and Zehra Khan. Exploiting and subverting the limitations of two-dimensional drawing, the artists fabricate a primitive three-dimensional shack from paper. Photography and a film document the artists costumed as weasels living in an actual shack in the wilds of the Provincetown sand dunes. Navigating a harsh existence less frequently found in contemporary America, these weasels exist without electricity, plumbing, or couples counseling. And they have plenty of problems. 

The Weasel Problem
The Weasels, digital print

September 19 – October 14 | “Spirit Level IV” An International Photographic Exhibition
Featuring work from the international photography workshops held each year in Finland, Italy and the U.S.A.  Curated by Arno Rafael Minkkinen.

SPIRIT LEVEL is an international photography program that began in Europe in 1988 and 1989 when UMass Lowell students visited Finland, Prague, and St. Petersburg. In 1996, the UMass Lowell Art and Design collaborated with the photography department of the Lahti Design Institute under the direction of Timo Laaksonen, and the École d'Arts Appliqués under the direction of Radu Stern for SPIRIT LEVEL I, a whirlwind tour of Finland, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland for ten American, ten Finnish, and ten Swiss students for a three-week photographic workshop. Exhibitions were held in each country the subsequent year [as became the tradition thereafter]. SPIRIT LEVEL II in 2003 gathered together the same three schools for ten days at the Toscana Photographic Workshops in San Quirico d'Orcia. Alumni and Adjunct Professor Mark Eshbaugh, together with TPW director Carlo Roberti, Pratt Institute Professor Ann Mandelbaum, David Allan Harvey of Magnum, and Timo Laaksonen from Lahti joined the teaching team. In 2007 the Finns and the Americans made camp in Oaxaca, Mexico for SPIRIT LEVEL III for nine days in the historic city and surrounding jungles. Last year, 2010, new schools and organizations were introduced to the program: Seven Italian students from the Fondazione Studio Marangnoni, one of best photo programs in Italy, together with seven Finnish students in tandem with Luova [similar in mission to Boston's Photographic Resource Center], and seven UMass Lowell students and alumni made Florence their headquarters for SPIRIT LEVEL IV, an engaging ten-day workshop in the heart of the Renaissance. Teachers joining the program were Elina Brotherus from Helsinki/Paris and Martino Marangoni of Florence.

September 1 23, 2011 | Myths and Mysteries of the Heart
Brenda Atwood Pinardi: A Memorial Retrospective
Curated by Francine Koslow Miller | Curator Statement and Bio Info

Myths and Mysteries of the Heart is a memorial retrospective commemorating the life of artist and UMass Lowell educator Brenda Atwood Pinardi (1941-2010). The exhibition will feature paintings, works on paper and constructions. (with companion “Tribute” show in the Dugan Gallery, featuring donated work by alumni, faculty and friends for silent auction, with proceeds going towards the Brenda Atwood Pinardi Scholarship.

Myths and Mysteries of the Heart, Brenda Atwood Pinardi
Moonchild, acrylic on canvas, 38 x 48 inches, 1993-94


Summer 2011

Through July 31, 2011 | The Creative Photograph in Archeology

The Creative Photograph in Archeology
Frederic Boissonnas, The Parthenon cella from the SW, 1908


Spring 2011

May 12 26 | Spring 2011 BFA Exhibition
Read Press Release
This biannual exhibition showcases the senior thesis projects from the Art & Design studios featuring a variety of media produced within UMass Lowell’s BFA degree program. On view through May 26 in University Gallery, Dugan Gallery & Dugan Crit Space.

Spring 2011 BFA Exhibition
BFA students model Non-Traditional Wedding Attire, a design project by Diane Shugrue

April 4 28, 2011
| Across Sections: A Cross Section
UMass Lowell Art and Design Faculty
As part of the campus-wide “Lowell Creates! Festival,” organized in partnership with UML’s Center for Art & Ideas, “Across Sections: A Cross Section” features the entire Art Department faculty. This exhibition highlights the individual disciplines, both traditional and new, including design, digital works, mixed-media, photography, painting, sculpture, installation, and time-based video.
(in both the University & Dugan Galleries)

Denise Dumas, Adjunct Faculty, Waves/Vagues, video projection, 2010

Denise Dumas, Adjunct Faculty, Waves/Vagues, video projection, 2010

April 4 – 28
Across Sections: A Cross Section
UMass Lowell Art and Design Faculty
Reception: April 6, 3 -5pm
Part of the campus-wide “Lowell Creates!” Arts Festival
(in both University & Dugan Galleries)

February 28 March 25, 2011 | From the Nile to the Merrimack- A Selection of Contemporary Art from Egypt | Read Press Release

Featured artists include Ahmed Al-Sayed, Ahmed El Shaer, Alaa Taher, Amgad Fouda, Ayman Taher, Bassam Al-Zoghby, Emy Hassan, Hashem El Kelesh, Ibrahim Saad, Marwa Adel, Sherif Omar and Wael Kamal.

This group exhibition, featuring digital work, both still and time-based is curated by professors Stephen Mishol and Jim Jeffers at UMass Lowell with Rasha Ragab, curator at the Museum of Egyptian Modern Art. "From the Nile to the Merrimack" is the result of partnerships initiated during the delegation trip to Egypt coordinated and led by Provost Ahmed Abdelal in the spring of 2010. This international outreach furthers the Chancellor's vision of preparing students for global citizenship. The partnership between UMass Lowell and Institutions in Egypt is significant because it bridges a cultural divide.

Ahmed El Shaer, Barcode, Video Still

Ahmed El Shaer, Barcode, Video Still

February 28 – March 24
Sexy Beast
Group show curated by Adjunct Prof. Jesse Kahn

What makes a body more than flesh? When does it become a person? And how are expressions of identity, through our own and others' bodies, aspects of our personhood? “Sexy Beast” is a cross-media exploration of expressions of identity - gender & sexuality, politics & culture - showcasing work from current students, alumni, and faculty of the UMass Lowell BFA program. From the first marks of Foundations students to mid-career and established artist faculty members, this exhibit will feature abstract and representative expressions of the human form as ways of communicating identity.

Jesse Kahn is an artist and art professor. Trained in painting and printmaking at Earlham College and then in visual studies at the Art Institute of Boston, he now works across a wide array of media to generate idea-based art at his studio in East Boston, MA. Jesse is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell teaching three-dimensional art concepts, graphic design and typography.

January 31 – February 17
the BIG student show
Reception & Awards Presentation: February 10, 3 – 4pm

January 24 – February 18, 2011 | Upper Lower Open Closed | Read Press Release
3D Typography by Andrew Byrom
Artist Talk + Reception: January 26, 3-5pm

Traditionally, typography is bound by the page. When type is taken away from its printed form and presented as a three-dimensional object, many historic conventions no longer apply. Byrom's work plays with this middle ground. It is not, for example, 'Helvetica' rendered in three-dimensional neon or steel etc, but instead, a reaction to the limitations and constraints of unexpected materials and processes that help shape (or often force) the outcome.

ByromTSS (temporary signage system)-1

ByromTSS (temporary signage system)-1

Fall 2010

December 9, 2010 January 7, 2011 | Fall 2010 BFA Exhibition
This biannual exhibition showcases the senior thesis projects from the Art & Design studios featuring a variety of media produced within UMass Lowell’s BFA degree program.
Reception: December 9, 5-7pm
On view through January 7 in the University & Dugan Galleries.

Fall 2010 BFA Exhibition

November 8 – December 2, 2010 | Inter-Glacial Free Trade Agency
Site-Specific Kinetic Installation by Lynn Richardson | Read Press Release

“Inter-Glacial Free Trade Agency” is a site-specific kinetic installation that examines the relationship between governments and corporations through the guise of a trade show. Richardson focuses specifically on the end products being marketed to the public, specifically fashionable survival gear and equipment, in the event we are thrust back into an ice age as a result of global warming. Objects and other items are branded with the same logo convincing the viewer that in the ‘new world’ there is only one choice.

Inter-Glacial Free Trade Agency installation details

Inter-Glacial Free Trade Agency installation detail

October 25 – November 18
Process Made Visible
Paintings and Drawings
Curated by Stephen Mishol

October 4 – 29, 2010 | Photo as Document: Books from Pomona College’s Photography
Course 1988 – 2010
| Read Press Release
Curated by Sheila Pinkel (Pomona College, Pomona, CA)

This exhibition features books and prints from books made by students in Pomona College’s “Photo as Document” course from 1988 - 2010. Taught by Pomona College professor, Sheila Pinkel, the course used documentary photography to teach students how to visually interpret current social issues and topics. Students learned to make image/text works and synthesize them into a printed class book. This process provided the students with valuable experience in photography, interview techniques and content analysis.

Coachella Worker, Kaylie Wilson

Coachella Worker, Kaylie Wilson

September 27 – October 14
A Thousand Rivers Run through It
Photographs from the Photography Studio and Friends of Photography
Curated by Arno Rafael Minkkinen and Derek Matias '11, Friends of Photography
Reception: September 27, 5:30 - 7:30

September 1 – 25, 2010 | Buoyance | Read Press Release
Watercolors by Jieun Shin

Jieun Shin’s work combines fragmented details of the IKEA assembly instructions with patterns and images from traditional Korean folk arts. In the watercolor and mixed-media work, the culturally specific references gradually become unidentifiable and ‘buoyant.’

Expedit, diptych, watercolor on paper, 63 x 17 inches each, 2010

Expedit, diptych, watercolor on paper, 63 x 17 inches each, 2010

September 1 – 16
Selections from the Art & Design Studios
Curated by Michele Gagnon.

Amy Hoehn, Book Arts

Amy Hoehn, Book Arts

Spring 2010

May 11 - June 11
Spring 2010 BFA Exhibition
This biannual exhibition showcases the senior thesis projects from the Art & Design studios and features a variety of media including advertising campaigns, animation, illustration, painting, photography, product design, sculpture, video and web-site design. (on view in the Dugan Gallery and University Gallery)
Reception: May 13, 5 - 7 p.m. (access thru the Art Office McGauvran 126 after May 13)

Apr 12 – May 6, 2010 | Richard Ryan, No Thing | Read Press Release
Drawings, Paintings and Woodcut Prints
Curated by Assistant Professor Stephen Mishol

Ryan’s “quiet” still life and figurative works feature highly structured compositions.  His work is realist in style.  Painting in both large and small formats, Ryan combines allegorical references and pop elements to create images that imply a subtle melancholy.  The physical objects in Ryan's work often appear to be suspended in time, both literally and figuratively, implying a hidden narrative or subtext—the human presence is felt but rarely seen.

A modernist by training—he studied with Frank Lobdell and Nathan Oliveira at Stanford and Elizabeth Murray at Yale—Ryan’s paintings often utilize abstract constructs. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.  His work is held in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Fogg Museum of Art in Boston.  He currently resides in Northfield, Massachusetts, and is a professor at Boston University. (Bio from Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco)

Exhibit: Exhibit: Richard Ryan, No Thing, Drawings, Paintings and Woodcut Prints

Still Life series, oil on canvas, 78"x68", 2006

April 26 - 29
Student Art Union Benefit

Apr 5 - 23
The Art Department Foundations Show 2010
This biennial exhibition features current BFA student work from the Art Department’s Foundations program and includes a variety of media from the Form & Content, Concepts I & II and Drawing Studios. Curated by Assistant Professor Ellen Wetmore

Mar 22 - 26
A multi-media group show curated by Alexander Giavis, Class of 2011. Included in the show are current students - Alexander Giavis, Alexander Sewell, Vicki Valente, John Morabito & Adam Norton; alumni - Denise Manseau, Brian Wiles & Sarah Morkunas; faculty - Mark Hartshorn, Steve Mishol & Caitlyn Cedarstrom; and guests - Greg Kitterle, Austin Eddy & Gina Picariello.

Mar 1 – Apr 2, 2010 | Jeffu Warmouth, Food Court | Read Press Release
Photographs, Video & Sculpture Installation
In Food Court, Jeffu Warmouth playfully explores the fragmentation of identity in the age of fast-food and convenience shopping using semiotics and deep fryer fat. Jeffu is a conceptual humorist-artist who creates interactive video installations and other artworks that use satirical humor to investigate the viewer’s relationship to language, advertising, food, and culture.

Exhibit: Exhibit: Jeffu Warmouth, Food Court

JeffuBurger, menu screen, interactive video installation, 2009

Feb 22 - March 12
Working Proof: Graphic Design Alumni Exhibition
Curated by Associate Professor Karen E. Roehr
Reception: Wed, Feb 24, 3 – 5 p.m.
Working Proof is an exhibition presenting a selection of work by UML BFA Design Alumni. The participating designers include Erik Bettencourt ('04), Scott Cahill ('06), Kohei Kanata ('03), Steven Keating ('04), David Lally ('05), Scott Pilot ('04), Jenn Skoropowski ('06), Susan Tuyen ('04), Stephanie Wu ('04), and Kevin Zwirble ('04). The selected work by these professional designers includes: advertisements, books, clothing, greeting cards, illustrations, packaging design, posters, sneakers, and websites. Curated and organized by Associate Professor Karen E. Roehr.

Working Proof: Graphic Design Alumni Exhibit

Jan 25 – Feb 19, 2010 | Zsuzsi Matolcsy, Lost in Pittsburgh | Read Press Release
curated by Arno Minkkinen

Lost in Pittsburgh is a three year journey into the lives of young adults who have chosen to live outside of the mainstream of society in the sub-cultural group often referred to as the “Punkers.”  The photographs are from a point of view that is sympathetic to the subject’s perspective to gain insight as well as an understanding of youth living in this distinctive culture. Matolcsy attempts to capture within the work the metaphors and themes in life that are universal to all. The hope is that the images will present a more compassionate view of youth coming into adulthood outside of the accepted cultural norms. The artist’s voyage into this world has been one of discovery, revelation and enlightenment.

Exhibit: Zsuzsi Matolcsy, Lost in Pittsburgh

Lost in Pittsburgh Series 2, Climbing the Pool Fence, digital print, 11X14 inches, 2006

Feb 1 - Feb 18
The BIG Student Show - the 20th annual juried exhibition of BFA student artwork
Featuring all types of media from the Art & Design studios
Reception & Awards: Feb 11, 3 - 4 p.m.

Fall 2009

Dec 8, 2009– Jan 8, 2010 | Fall 2009 BFA Exhibition | Read Press Release

Fall 2009 BFA Exhibition

Nov 30 – Dec 3
Fifteen-Minute Features: It’s All About Perception
A group abstraction exhibition featuring a variety of media Curated by Sarah Morkunas and Denise Manseau

Nov 9 – Dec 4, 2009 | Andrew Haines, Metes and Bounds
Landscape Paintings and Works on Paper
| Read Press Release
Working various painting media, Haines explores the transition of the New England landscape from its industrial - agricultural past to the retail landscape we enjoy today. Always modern and firmly committed to realist imagery, this artist employs contemporary tools and techniques to ply his very traditional craft. Working from life, his own photos or with pictures found in the media, these paintings are assembled over a period of time. The process of making an image by hand is slow but the result is a deeply observed landscape that is normally only seen from a moving car and quickly forgotten.

Exhibit: Andrew Haines, Metes and Bounds

Lot to Lot, acrylic on panel, 24 x 36 inches, 2009


Nov 2 – Nov 19
Process Made Visible
Paintings and Drawings by the University of Massachusetts Lowell Art Department
Curated by Asst. Prof Stephen Mishol

Oct 19 – Oct 22
Fifteen-Minute Features: The Formalities of Seeing
Selected Works from the Collection of Stephen Mishol

Oct 5 – 30, 2009 | Lauren Kalman, Blooms, Efflorescence and other Dermatological
| Read Press Release
Installation of Photographs and Objects

In Blooms, Efflorescence and Other Dermatological Embellishments skin diseases are replicated and transformed through illustration, jewelry objects and photography. The source diseases including acne, cancer, herpes and syphilis, are presented as jeweled infections, lesions, and sores. They are hybridizations of objects we associate with beauty, status, or wealth, and grotesque or undesirable aspects of the skin.

Exhibit: Blooms, Efflorescence and other Dermatological Embellishments,” Installation of Photographs and Objects

Cystic Acne, Back, acupuncture needles, gold-plated silver, pearls, and
precious & semi-precious stones, Inkjet print, 26 x 26 inches, 2009


Sept 28 – Oct 15
Risk. Chance. Adventure
Lowell Friends of Photography Portfolio Exhibition
Curated by Lowell Friends of Photography
Organized by Giovanna Aviles, Class of 2010
The Lowell Friends of Photography are students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, who share a common respect and love for the photographic processes. The members meet regularly to discuss art, life, and photography and show their work at exhibitions worldwide.

Sept 2 – Sept 25, 2009 | Jim Jeffers, Genii Loci (Ghosts of Protection) a solo exhibition
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Genii Loci (Ghosts of Protection) a solo exhibition by Jim Jeffers, features intermedia work coping with place; and the securing, knowing, comforting, building, improvising, deconstructing, reconstructing, and creating living / livable space in contemporary environments.
Both fictive and biographic, Jeffers explores: Housing – and that a house (or its value) may not be the some of its parts; War – and the "improvised device" and the foil to "explosive," i.e., comfort, shelter, food, et cetera; Security – and what it means physically, socially, or nostalgically; Interdependency and auto-reliance.

Genii Loci (Ghosts of Protection) a solo exhibition by Jim Jeffers

Genii Loci (Ghosts of Protection) a solo exhibition by Jim Jeffers
Video stills from Digital Wall Drawing (duet) 6 mins, color video, 2009

Summer 2009

June 2009 – August 7, 2009 | Art Department Faculty Exhibition
Art Department Faculty Exhibition featuring select work from the full-time faculty on view thru August 7.

Art Department Faculty Exhibition


Spring 2009

Jan 26 – Feb 19, 2009
This is a picture of me
Self-Portraits & Other Photographic Series by Millee Tibbs
Related Events: Reception Saturday, January 31, 5 - 7 pm as part of Lowell’s Photography Weekend
+ Wednesday, February 4, 3 - 5 pm; Artist Talk @ 3 o’clock in O’Leary 222;
Gallery Reception immediately follows until 5 o’clock

Other Photographic Series by Millee Tibbs

Millee swinging from a vine at Joe Wheeler State Park,
7.30.78/2007, digital print, 11 x 14 inches Ering

The Art Department at UMass Lowell presents an exhibition of photographs by Millee Tibbs in the University Gallery from January 26 - February 19. In conjunction with the Lowell Photography Weekend, a special reception will be held on Saturday, January 31, from 5 - 7 pm. Events on Wednesday, February 4, include an artist talk in O’Leary 222 from 3 - 4 pm and a gallery reception immediately following until 5 o’clock. The exhibition includes a self-portrait series and other ink-jet photographic prints. This is a picture of me is a full-color series utilizing childhood snapshots. Each of twelve different images is duplicated side-by-side within one frame - the original photo of the artist as a child, alongside a digitally-altered image of the artist, as her adult self, re-enacting the original candid pose in every detail. In describing the idea behind the series, Tibbs states: " This series both evokes the impossibility of going back to childhood and questions the desire to do so. The reenactment of these gestures by an adult body transforms the seemingly innocuous childhood poses into suggestive and sexualized performances, which emphasize the unconscious influence of mediated images in vernacular photography.”

Millee Tibbs earned a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and Studio art at Vassar College. She earned an M.F.A. degree in Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives in Providence, RI and teaches art at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University.
sample images
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Mar 2 – Apr 2, 2009
An Art of Smallness
Collages, Prints & Miniature Books
by Karen E. Roehr

Collages, Prints & Miniature Books
Taken for Granted, miniature book of landscapes

The Art Department at UMass Lowell is proud to present an exhibition by Art Department Professor Karen E. Roehr from March 2 – April 2, 2009. The exhibition, titled An Art of Smallness, features a variety of media, including collages and prints, but mainly miniature books. Prof. Roehr is a book artist, graphic designer, illustrator and writer. Her design work ranges from original announcements to poster art, while her illustration work combines ink, watercolor and monotype chine-collé. Roehr’s unique interest is in miniatures, particularly small-scale books. In describing this interest, she states: “The small size of my work is meant to deepen the relationship between the viewer and the art by inviting the viewer to move closer to it. The tiny books allow a viewer to hold an entire landscape in one hand. Whether the subject is Tom Thumb or a botanist’s detailed description of the inside of a tiny leaf, miniature worlds are experienced by readers and writers as unforgettably dreamlike worlds that invite the viewer to enter and inhabit them.”
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Apr 13 - May 13, 2009
Kayrock & Wolfy: When Art Imitates Life Imitating Art
featuring the art & designs of Karl LaRocca & Jef Scharf
Curated by Art Department Professor William Kaizen

Kayrock & Wolfy: When Art Imitates Life Imitating Art
Kayrock Screenprinting Inc. doorbell

Kayrock and Wolfy: When Art Imitates Life Imitating Art is an exhibition featuring the art and designs of Karl LaRocca ("Kayrock") and Jef Scharf ("Wolfy"). Kayrock and Wolfy co-own Kayrock Screenprinting Inc., a small silkscreen studio located in Brooklyn, New York. Their individual art practice overlaps with their work as silkscreen printers as well as their recreational activities playing in various post-punk bands. Like a hall of mirrors, distinguishing between amateur and professional, public and private, personal and political, and especially art and life becomes difficult in their work as each side of these dichotomies flip-flops in their practice. The exhibition will feature a wide selection of their prints (50+) as well as artwork made individually by both LaRocca and Scharf, and audio and video from their notorious band Roxy Pain.
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