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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.

Art Piece by Markus Haala

Artist: Markus Haala
Welded and Rusted Steel, Artificial Lawn Strip, Bricks, Mortar, Rubber Cast, Power Cord, LED Grow Light, UV Light, Potatoes

Current Exhibit

AERA SYNTHETICA. Surveying New Nature
- a Markus Haala Project

Exhibition runs: March 21 – April 19, 2019
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 28, 3:30 p.m., O'Leary Library Room 222, 61 Wilder Street
South Campus Reception: Thursday, March 28, 5-6 p.m., University Gallery

What is “nature” and what is “the natural”? These seemingly easy to answer questions become progressively harder to discuss with the rapidly expanding impact of human intervention on the ecosphere. Topics of how we outline, perceive and shape concepts of the natural and the artificial, the organic and the synthetic, are central aspects of Markus Haala’s studio practice. AERA SYNTHETICA. Surveying New Nature brings together Haala’s most recent installations and sculptures in dialog with contributions by his mentors Mark Dion, Mathias Kessler, Craig Stockwell, and Michael Oatman, as well as frequent collaborators and friends Marc Mannheimer, Ingrid Hess, Todd Bartel, and Patrick Jacobs. This project will critically examine concepts of nature, environmentalism and ecology in the 21st century in order to explore how our idea of nature today is being re-formed by the over-consumption of natural resources and the alteration of ecosystems. The exhibition is supplemented by an exhibition catalog.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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. This program is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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

Closed during school breaks.


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Spring 2019 BFA Showcase Card Photo by Brianna Winn

SPRING 2019

BFA Show: May 8 - 18, 2019
Reception: May 9, 5 - 7 p.m.