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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

Lucy Kim Poison Ivy Photo by Lucy Kim, Leaves of Three, 2021.

Lucy Kim, Leaves of Three, 2021.

Skin Might See
Recent Work by Lucy Kim

January 24 – March 5, 2022

Artist Talk
Thursday, January 27
Coburn Hall Room #255
3:30 – 5 p.m.

Reception Follows
University Gallery
5-6 p.m.

The UMass Lowell Department of Art & Design is honored to present Skin Might See, an exhibition of  recent work by Lucy Kim and a 2022 recipient of a Creative Capital Award.

Skin Might See includes the first gallery showing of Kim’s Knife Paintings, as well as work from her Auto-Synthetic series. Kim is a visual artist who uses mold making and illusionistic painting to create hybrid objects that navigate the borderlands between painting and sculpture. She describes mold making and casting as a “sculptural surrogate for photography.“ In both bodies of work there is intrigue in the tension between skin and cast surface. Curator Julie Poitras Santos wrote that in Kim’s oeuvre “the surface skin competes for visual primacy with the three dimensional form,...“ These startling integuments often seem at odds with the kitchen accoutrements and other structures that lie beneath, creating a frisson and a place of interrogation between media and meaning.

Kim holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has shown at the ICA in Boston, MA, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the ICA at the Maine College of Art & Design in Portland, ME, and the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, MA, to name just a few. Kim is a recipient of many awards including the Creative Capital Award, ICA Boston’s James and Audrey Foster Prize, Artadia Award, MacDowell Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, Hermitage Fellowship, and Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship. From 2018-2021, Kim was an Artist-in-Residence at the Broad Institute and she is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Boston University. 

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. These events are free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public. Current UML protocols require all attendees at indoor events to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. 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.