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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 Spring 2020 Resilience

Resilience Exhibition: resilience - capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.


Virtual & Exhibition & Reception:

Exhibition & The UMass Lowell Department of Art and Design is thrilled to present the Spring 2020 BFA Exhibition: RESILIENCE. This year our exhibit will be virtual - please visit our RESILIENCE online gallery. The full site will go live on May 7, 2020. All are invited to a virtual reception on Thursday, May 7 beginning at 5 p.m., live on Facebook @UMLArt. Follow us on Instagram @uml_artdesign for featured students and updates.

This year our BFA candidates faced unexpected and enormous challenges as they worked to complete their degree and their capstone projects while transitioning to an entirely virtual realm for its presentation. The Department of Art & Design is extremely proud of the myriad ways in which they rose to the challenges they were presented with, showing resilience in the face of adversity.

The Spring 2020 BFA candidates are:

Ronald Abregu Jr. of Methuen, Jean-Luc Alexandre of Dedham, Alyssa Aurilio of Tewksbury, Ludwidg Bellamour of Lowell, Eric Berube of Wilmington, Cameron Blanchard of Methuen, Julia Boisvert of Methuen, Hang Thi Thuy Cao of Worcester, Alecia Connolly of Shapleigh, Maine, Kimberly Cosgrove of Boxford, Mackenzie Cullen of North Andover, Brett Dattilo of Derry, N.H., iotha Durham of Tyngsboro, Caroline Foster of Dracut, Suellen Guerreiro of Revere, Kaitlyn Gurman of South Easton, Madison Hines of Billerica, Mathew Houston of Wayland, Dan Junta of Wakefield, Hannah Kieffer of Greenfield, Benn Lafortune of Tewksbury, Avery LaRochelle of Tyngsboro, Huế Lê of Braintree, Marcello Lewis of Weston, Kathrine “Katie” Lucas of Chelmsford, Christina Marino of Andover, Sarachedra May of Lowell, Cassidy McAuliffe of Lawrence, Colleen McDonagh of Lowell, Cody O’Bryant of Hudson, N.H., Daniel O’Connor of North Andover, Duke Mokaya Ogeto of Clinton, Meg Pallis of Dunstable, Tyana Porter of Methuen, Alexander Pusalkar, Andrew Schuster of Lowell, Tyler Selfridge of Billerica, Chummeng Soun of Lowell, Abagail Taper of Nashua, N.H., Trần Đ.L. (Lêsa Trần) of Methuen, Trinh Nguyen Vuong Tran of Lowell, Valentina Veprinski of Milford, Rowan Vogel of Edgarton, Keegan White of Danvers, and Bre Winn of Westwood.

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, but sadly it is closed right now and all our events this Spring are virtual. We welcome you wholeheartedly to all of our virtual events this Spring, beginning on May 7, 2020.

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The University Gallery is supported in part by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
  • 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 and Nicholas Brown, Plotform: Jane Marsching and Andi Sutton, Matthew Mazzotta, Evelyn Rydz, and Andrew Yang

A traveling exhibition that begins at UMass Boston in Fall of 2019, goes to UMass Dartmouth, then to Lowell.
Jan. 21 – Mar. 6, 2020
Local Ecologies Panel Discussion: Life of the Merrimack: Featuring Kirsten Swenson, John Macone, Evelyn Rydz, and Caitlin & Misha, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 4 - 5:15 p.m. in Coburn Hall 255
Reception and Curators' Remarks: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the University Gallery, Mahoney Hall

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