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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.

Current Exhibit

Yuliya Lanina, Masked, Acrylic and collage on paper, 2018 Photo by Yuliya Lanina, Masked, Acrylic and collage on paper, 2018

Yuliya Lanina, Masked, Acrylic and collage on paper, 2018.

Yuliya Lanina - Breaking the Silence

October 26 – December 11, 2021

Artist Talk
Tuesday, November 9
Weed Lecture Hall #1
3:30 – 5 p.m.

Reception Follows
University Gallery
5 - 6:30 p.m.

In Breaking the Silence, Yuliya Lanina creates a powerful and dissonant series of works that address the isolating and horrific aspects of childhood trauma and sexual abuse. Yuliya writes: “Playful and quirky on the exterior, my work uses whimsy as a device to draw closer inspection, leading to greater awareness and introspection.” Inspired by Surrealism and Dada, Lanina’s work examines the relationship between absurdity, sexuality, and trauma “with a particular focus on physical and psychic reconstruction through reassembling disparate parts.”

Lanina is an interdisciplinary artist whose work exists at the intersection of visual art, performance and technological innovation. Born in Moscow, she arrived in New York in 1990 as a political refugee. She established herself as a pioneering artist on the cutting edge by combining digital technologies with handmade media. Lanina holds an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from SUNY Purchase College. She is currently Assistant Professor of Practice at the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin.

The University Gallery, located in Mahoney Hall, 870 Broadway St., first floor, Lowell, is accessible to all. Free Parking available after 3 p.m. in any university lot. Handicapped parking is adjacent to Mahoney before the parking lot gate. During earlier hours please call the Art and Design office at 978-934-3494 to arrange for guest parking.

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

  • Monday - Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 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 2021

Pedro Letria: September 15, 2021 - October 16, 2021. Lecture date: September 22, 2021, 5:30 p.m. This exhibition is supported by the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, Fundaçáo Calouste Gulbenkian, and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  View Pedro Letria's exhibit details.  View Pedro Letria's portfolio.

Yuliya Lanina: October 25, 2021 - December 10, 2021. Lecture Date TBD. View Yuliya Lanina's portfolio.

Lucy Kim: January 18, 2022 - March 4, 2022. Lecture Date TBD.  View Lucy Kim's portfolio.

BFA Graduates Exhibition years 2020 - 2022, March 11, 2021 - June 13, with receptions on March 18, April 19, May 3, and May 26, 2022.

Check back for updates, including new lectures and workshops.