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University Gallery

The University Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that serves the Art & Design Department, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, as well as the city of Lowell and the greater Merrimack Valley Region. The gallery hosts 4-6 major exhibitions each year, including the biannual B.F.A. show featuring the senior projects from the Art & Design studios. From emerging artists to seasoned practitioners with national and international reputations, the University Gallery's exhibition program showcases a broad variety of artistic approaches, media and content reflecting the curricula of the Art & Design program and enhancing the cultural environment of the community and surrounding area. 

The University Gallery is located on the 1st floor of Mahoney Hall at 870 Broadway Street, Lowell.

Gallery Exhibitions: Admission is free and opening receptions usually include a lecture by the curator or exhibiting artist.

Jonathan Monaghan Out of the Abyss
Jonathan Monaghan

Current Exhibit

Jonathan Monaghan
A Trace Left by the Future

Exhibition runs: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21, 2019
Artist talk: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4:00 p.m. Weed Lecture Hall #3 
Reception: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the University Gallery
These events are free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.

A Trace Left by the Future is a solo exhibition by Washington D.C. based artist Jonathan Monaghan, featuring new sculpture, video, print and installation work. Monaghan invites us into a candy-colored, yet unsettling world uncovering fears and anxieties about an increasingly technological future. A central component of the exhibition is Out of the Abyss, a 19 minute seamlessly looping video installation referencing symbols and narratives associated with the Apocalypse. Visually extravagant, the work re-imagines elements such as the seven-eyed lamb and the four horsemen as terrifying beasts of the present day, adorned with security cameras, riot gear, and consumer electronics. Also presented are new print and wall decal works depicting ominous forms composed of designer fabrics and ambiguous technological contraptions. These cryptic works draw attention to the increasingly blurry lines between the natural and artificial.

Jonathan Monaghan (b. 1986, Rockaway Beach, New York) works across print, sculpture, and video installation. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from science fiction to Baroque architecture, he creates bizarre, yet compelling narratives and imagery with high-end computer graphics technology. Past exhibitions of his work include The Sundance Film Festival, The Walters Museum of Art, and The Palais de Tokyo.

The University Gallery is accessible to all. Gallery events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wilder Metered Lot, located at the intersection of Wilder Street and Bachelder Street. The entrance to the lot is located on Bachelder Street. After 4 p.m. visitors may park in any open campus lot.

  • Monday: Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Closed during school breaks.

Please contact us for more information.

The University Gallery is accessible to all. Gallery events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wilder Metered Lot, located at the intersection of Wilder Street and Bachelder Street. The entrance to the lot is located on Bachelder Street. After 4 p.m. visitors may park in any open campus lot.

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FALL 2019

LOCAL ECOLOGIES is an exhibition, newly commissioned artworks, and public programming across three UMass campuses. Spanning Eastern Massachusetts, the campuses of UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, and UMass Lowell belong to landscapes with diverse coastal and river ecosystems, as well as layered indigenous, colonial, and industrial histories. The LOCAL ECOLOGIES initiative presents contemporary, place-based art practices that bring our ecologies and land use histories into new focus.

The centerpiece of LOCAL ECOLOGIES are multidisciplinary artworks commissioned from artists who have lived and worked in Eastern Massachusetts. These will include both site-specific works for individual campuses, and additional works featured in a touring exhibition to be presented in Boston, Lowell, and New Bedford throughout fall 2019 and spring 2020. The initiative includes programming specific to each campus community and a scholarly catalogue.

Artists: Dan Borelli, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Duy Hoàng, Sarah Kanouse & Nicholas Brown, Plotform: Jane Marsching + Andi Sutton, Matthew Mazzotta, Evelyn Rydz, and Andrew Yang

A traveling exhibition the begins at UMass Boston in Fall of 2019, goes to UMass Dartmouth, then to Lowell
Jan. 21 – Mar. 9, 2020
Panel Discussion and Reception: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
Panel Discussion: 4 – 5:30 p.m. (location TBA)
Reception: University Gallery from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

More Info: https://sites.uml.edu/local-ecologies/

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