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.

Upcoming exhibition

2024 Juried Student Art Exhibition - White text on a multi-color background

2024 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Juror: Teresa Dunn

Location: University Art Gallery

Dates: February 16 – March and March 12-15, (closed for Spring Break). 

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 17, 2024, 2-4 pm

Included Artists:  Court Annuschat, Emily Bober, Cheyanne Barteck, Skip Bleecker, Jessie Chen, Alaina Daniels, Alexandra Daniels, Ellie DeBoer, Isaac Dunham, Jo Esch, Alondra Garcia, Tena Gilbreath, Brooke Gledhill, Blue Grant, Brea Hoffman, Jennifer Holscher, Sammie Hutter, Alec Johnson, Carly Judit, Victoria Knieper, Dan Marvin, Nico Mendoza, Melissa Navarre, Brad Nelson, Taylor Propp, Jade Riehl, Michael Ritchings, Riley Robinson, Shannon Scharba, Amber Schelling, Helena Schneider, Douglas Sias, Rachel Smith, Cora Wallen, Claudia Waske, Caroline Westfall, Robin White, Taylor Williams, Christina Wollenhaupt, Hannah L. Wormsley.


Current exhibition

Image of carved wood vase depicting a ram. Text reads: Shirley Brauker - Heritage and Legacy exhibition, University Art Gallery, January 12 through February 3, 2024. Reception: Saturday January 13, 2-4 p.m. Curators talk by Stephanie Jackson at 2:30 p.m.

Shirley Brauker: Heritage and Legacy

Exhibition: January 12—February 3, 2024
Reception:  January 20, 2:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. with a curator talk by Stephanie Jackson at 2:30 p.m.

Shirley Brauker was an artist who told stories from her life and her indigenous heritage. She was a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and a Central Michigan University alumnus. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art, a Masters degree in Art, and in 2015 she was the featured commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary PhD from CMU. She also did post-baccalaureate work at IAIA – Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe. In Spring 2013 she was The Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Shirley worked in several media: ceramics, beadwork, and drawing. She stated “I have spent my entire life learning about art and my Native American heritage. I have combined these two interests into my own unique style of art. I use images from my cultural background as well as my imagination to create pieces that reflect the way I see the world around me.  Some ideas come from textbooks, others come from stories passed down by my mother, while others are born from my own personal experiences.”

Sharing her art and heritage was important to Shirley and she was constantly teaching workshops and mentoring young artists. The exhibition will include works by two of the artists she mentored: Stephanie Jackson (who is also the co-curator of this exhibition) and Aryl Ruffino (her granddaughter).

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