University Art Gallery

Located near the library and university center, the Central Michigan University Art Gallery's mission is to provide you and other mid-Michigan community members the opportunity to see contemporary art by emerging and established regional, national and international artists.

The gallery also serves as a laboratory and classroom for you to learn the process and concepts of exhibiting your creative work through juried student shows and senior BFA and BAA exhibitions.

We showcase art

We feature up to 12 exhibitions a year, as well as related lectures and films. Our schedule includes original curated exhibitions and national traveling exhibitions. You will be able to exhibit your work in an impressive 1890 square feet of display space and 290 running feet of walls in two galleries, equipped with LED track lighting, computer monitors, wifi, and a high-definition digital projector with a sound system.

Current exhibition

Paintings by Driscol and Buhler for the current Field Notes Exhibition at the University Art Gallery

Field Notes: 

Works by Kenneth Buhler and Ellen Driscoll 

January 13 – February 11, 2023, at the University Art Gallery

Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment (989-774-7457)

Artist Talk begins at 4 p.m.; reception is on Thursday, Jan 26th, from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

The botanical world is the initial point of inquiry for Ken Buhler and Ellen Driscoll, whose work for this exhibition is striking in their contrasting palettes. While both are deeply inspired and engaged with plants in all their wonder and complexity, their work underscores the range of how an artist might consider the plant kingdom today, Driscoll with reductive yet lush, warm, earth tones and Buhler with poetic, language-inspired color. 

 On one hand, the survival of botanic species is threatened due to environmental change and human encroachment on natural habitats.  On the other, the living world surrounds us with inspiration, nuance, and healing, both literally and figuratively. The work of both artists manifests a profound appreciation and connection to flora’s visual and metaphorical potential.  

Images: Top Left: Ellen Driscoll, Untitled 9  Bottom Left: Ken Buhler, Tiger Lily 

Upcoming exhibition

Banner for Student Juried Exhibition Poster Spring 2023-1

Submission Deadline: February 14 & 15, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. @ the University Art Gallery

Exhibition Dates: February 24 - March 3 & March 14 - 25. (Closed for Spring Break) 

Entry Form

About the gallery

The gallery is free and open to the public. There is never an admission charge.

Tours and Group Visits
Tours are available at no cost to school groups or other visitors. To schedule tours or group visits of over 15* people contact 989-774-7457.

Mailing address
University Art Gallery
Wightman 132
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

Shipping address
University Art Gallery
Central Michigan University
251 E. Preston St.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

Brian Elder Artist Talk
CMU Faculty member
Fall, 2020

Al Wildey Artist Talk
CMU Faculty member
Fall, 2020

Hannah P. Mode
Barstow Artist-in-Residence
Fall, 2020

Salvador Jimenez Flores Artist Talk
Social consciousness and action through art
February 2, 2021