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, Mass.

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

Current Exhibit

Noelle Garcia - Material Truths Exhibition

Curated by Kirsten Swenson, Associate Professor of Art History
September 13 - October 22, 2022

Artist Talk:
Tuesday, September 13, 3:30-5 p.m., Coburn Hall 255
Reception follows in the University Gallery - 5-6 p.m.

Restoration Canvas with painting of figures outlined with ribbon 2020

Canvas with painting of figures outlined with ribbon

Noelle Garcia conveys personal and social narratives through “acts of making centered around exploring relationships with loved ones and Indigenous identity.” Material Truths includes beadwork, ribbon work, paintings, and drawings. While Garcia’s multimedia works draw from tradition, they also engage modernist abstraction and forms of display. Garcia’s stories often center around the life of her father, Walter Garcia, who was incarcerated for murder. The annex gallery will contain artifacts and reading materials gathered from posthumous research into her father’s life, as well as tragicomic coloring books that address generational trauma. Visitors are invited to explore personal and social histories of Indigeneity and the impacts of settler colonialism through both artworks and artifacts.

Rifle (Dad’s Gun) Life size soft sculpture rifle made of beads, thread, fabric, cotton. 2020

Rifle (Dad’s Gun)
Life size soft sculpture rifle made of beads, thread, fabric, cotton.

Based in the Chicago area, Noelle Garcia earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She from the Klamath, Modoc, and Paiute tribes of Oregon and Nevada. Garcia has earned awards and fellowships from institutions including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the American Indian Graduate Center, the Hyde Park Art Center, the Ucross Foundation, and the Oxbow School. Additionally, Noelle has published multiple articles and illustrations in publications such as American Quarterly, Arts Everywhere Musagetes, as well as graphic novels. She is Assistant Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts at National Louis University in Chicago, and has taught at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for the Chicago Arts Partnership, and at the Cook County Jail, among other institutions.

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    The University Gallery is supported in part by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

    • Monday - Wednesday and Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Appointments recommended, call 978-934-3494.

    Closed during school breaks.

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    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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Past Exhibits

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