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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.

UMass Lowell BFA Fall Exhibit 2019 logo.
Designed by: Suellen Guerreiro

Current Exhibit

Fall 2019 BFA Exhibition
Featuring: Adel DiPersio, Casey O’Dwyer, Yahira Torres, and Alexander Twyman.

Exhibition runs: Dec. 19, 2019 – Jan. 9, 2020
Reception: Thursday, Dec. 19, 5 – 7 p.m. in the University Gallery
These events are free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.

The UMass Lowell Department of Art and Design is proud to present the Fall 2019 BFA Exhibition. The exhibit will be on display in the University Gallery, located on UMass Lowell’s South Campus at 870 Broadway Street in Lowell, Mass. from Dec. 19, 2019 – Jan. 9, 2020. All are invited to a reception on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5-7 p.m. in the University Gallery. The BFA Candidates are Adel DiPersio, Casey O’Dwyer, Yahira Torres, and Alexander Twyman. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. but visitors are advised that after Dec. 19, appointments are highly recommended and the gallery is closed from Dec. 24 – Jan. 1.

Adel DiPersio is a painter from Boston, Mass. Casey O’Dwyer of Pelham, N.H. works in painting and mixed media. Yahira Torres of Lowell, Mass. will present paintings, mixed media, and sculpture. Alexander Twyman of Methuen, Mass. has created a 3D interactive story called “Broken Reflections.” It is a third-person perspective experience about self-acceptance and self-reflection.

The Art and Design Capstone is a year-long process in which students are encouraged to explore new materials, investigate diverse concepts, and cultivate new ideas. Through exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and critique, concepts become reality in the form of definitive bodies of work. The Art and Design faculty encourage a personal growth mindset for both the individual and the artist/designer that fosters the conceptual development of projects, empowering students to create a personal vision and bring it into the world.

The University Gallery is accessible to all. Gallery events are free and open to the public. Parking can be found in the Wilder Metered Lot, located at the intersection of Wilder Street and Bachelder Street, with the entrance located on Bachelder Street. Visitors may park in any open campus lot that is not metered during the week after 3 p.m. Appointments are highly recommended. Please call 978-934-3494 or email:

  • 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.

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