Art Walk Central 2018

University Art Gallery is one of twenty-three venues throughout the Mt. Pleasant Community and the largest venue for the Art Walk Central art event.  Organized by Art Reach of Mid Michigan and sponsored in part by the City of Mt. Pleasant and CMU this exhibition will feature the works of 33artists from across Michigan. Many of the artists are affiliated with CMU including alums Steve Barber, Marilyn Biefer, Laura Coffee, Marianna Fiedor, Tatsuki Hakoyama, Kim Kleinhardt, Mike Volker, Ife Zuri; current students Emily Gunning, Raelynn Jewison, Jake O'Herron, Delphine Rosignol, and Caitlyn McMullen and current and former employees Corby Blem, Joanne Grabinski and Shelley Stevens. Come see the works by all the talented artists - then register and vote for your favorite artist for the public choice award. 

August 6 – August 30, 2018

Main and West Galleries

Artist Talks & Reception: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4 pm. Artists: Corby Blem, Edward Evans and Kim Kleinhardt will speak in the gallery about their work.  

Art Walk Central extended hours: Mon-Thurs  11-5, Fri 12- 6, Sat 10-4


Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition 2018

Members of the Department of Art & Design faculty exhibit their current work. Exhibition features work in painting, photography, graphic design, animation, ceramics, sculpture and installation by faculty: Chad Bierdeman, Jeremiah Davis, Jesse Dominguez, Anne Gochenour,  Alyson Pouls, Jonathon Russell,  David Stairs, Lee Vanderkooi, Al WIldey, 

September 14 – October 6, 2018

Opening Reception - Thurs, Sept 13, 4-6 pm 

Main Gallery 

NO ADMITTANCE: Installation by Merav Tzur, 2018 Barstow Artist-in-Residence

2018 Barstow Artist-in-Residence, Merav Tzur will exhibit her art of performance and video.  Tzur earned her MFA from UC Berkeley and BFA from California College of the Arts. Her work has been shown at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, YBCA, Kroswork Gallery, SOMArts Gallery, SFPAI, and in Israel. From her website-" Merav Tzur's childhood experience with the unique pedagogical concept of the Israeli Kibbutz "Junkyard Playground"—where children use objects diverted from landfill to build temporary environments and creatively interact with them and each other—has informed much of her artistic practice. Tzur's work mostly fabricates fertile environments where all parties can explore their capacity for spontaneous, transformative, and inventive play, to better understand themselves as individuals and within a collective, their behavioral patterns, and personal truths and misconceptions."

West Gallery 

September 14 – October 6, 2018

Opening Reception - Thurs, Sept 13, 4-6 pm 


Wilderness: Words are where what I catch is me                                    works by Lesley Dill

This exhibition will feature a new body of work by Lesley Dill, drawing on language, the written word, and the investigation of divinity and deviltry during the wildness of Early America.  The long, thin figures appearing in Dill’s work wear the strength of the words of the people they represent, American men and women from 1600-1900.  Though differing in specific experience, all of these personas have had a powerful impact through their words, and personally connect with the artist. Dill posits that there is something untamable, fierce, and persistent in each of their beliefs, which ultimately unites them. Dill is drawn to this restrictive time period of limited access to a diversity of written word, and the bravery of these figures' response. Anne Hutchinson, for example, with her famed testimony of religious freedom, was one of the first American women to have her word recognized, recorded and saved as a part of history. Some of the other American icons Dill explores include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Sojourner Truth, John Brown and Walt Whitman.

Born in Bronxville, New York, Lesley Dill grew up in Maine and the Adirondacks. Now based in Brooklyn, the artist works with a variety of materials such as horse hair, muslin, thread, photography, and metal that accumulates into sculpture, performance, works on paper, and fabric. From the early 1980s onwards, Dill has had over 100 solo exhibitions. Her work is found in museum collections across the United States, and has been shown both nationally and internationally. She was recently awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Main Gallery

October 19 – November 17, 2018         

         Reception – Thursday, Oct 25, 4-6 pm  

Lesley Dill, Barstow Lecture Series, Monday, October 29, 2018 7:30 pm at Park Library Auditorium.  Free and open to the public.

Scott de Brestian - Fragments of the Past

Scott de Brestian is assistant professor of art history in the Department of Art and Design. For three years, he has co-directed a team investigating the early-medieval Church of the Assumption in San Vicente del Valle, Spain. The church is unusual in that it was built in part from reused gravestones and sculpture ranging in date from the Roman Empire to the High Middle Ages. The people of this valley chose to appropriate, reuse, and in some cases alter or mutilate the fragments of their own past in the construction of the church. This exhibition explores the concept of constructing the present out of the fragments of one’s past through digital and physical reconstructions of the sculptures incorporated into the church.

West Gallery 

October 26 – November 17, 2018         

         Opening Reception – Thursday, Oct 25, 4-6 pm 

The Cohesive Body: 

Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Applied Arts in Art, Fall 2018 Exhibition

This art exhibition showcases the work by CMU Department of Art & Design candidates for the BFA and BAA in Art degree.  BFA candidates are Parker Green, Danielle Little, Caitlyn McMullen, Michaela Westra, and Kelley Woodall.  BAA candidates are Timothy Griffin and Charlee Hennick.  The exhibition fulfills part of the requirements for their degree and capstone class taught by Anne Gochenour, Director of the University Art Gallery.

Main and West Galleries

November 30 – December 15, 2018

Reception - Sat, Dec 1, 2-4 pm

Artists' Talks at 1 pm


Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me)

Islamic Internal Reflections in a Modern World

This exhibition organized by Mediterranean Fire Art Foundation and curated by Habibah Sheikh features works in a variety of media – painting, video, sculpture, photography, performance, written and spoken language; by contemporary international Islamic artists and will tour in Europe, Lebanon and the United States. 

From the curator – "This exhibition unravels the abstract realities of East and West. Whether the artist is a) delineating the ancient rituals, traditions, and customs, which remain entirely present in Islamic society or b) focusing on the architecture of war and peace, or c) cultural hybrid theories, the exhibition contains intersecting views of contemporary influences. These are esteemed to lead the artists and the public to question the impact of such constellations which are derived from technology, nomadism, gender issues, mysticism, refugee plights, and other, on both subjective and collective identity, in Arab homelands and internationally. The shifting focal point from Islam towards a western vision of Islam perpetuates collaborative artworks between Islamic artists and western artists, as well as the critical probing of Orientalist study.

Main and West Galleries

January 11 – February 9, 2019

               Reception– Thurs, Jan 17, 4-6 pm 


2019 Annual Juried CMU Student Art Exhibition

Juried by an independent art professional, this exhibition is open to all students at Central Michigan University. Awards of $800 are given - determined by the juror.

February 22 – March 23, 2019

Main and West Galleries

               Reception - Sat, Feb 23, 2-4 pm  


At the Threshold: A Closer Look at Homelessness                                       Graphic Design 2019 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition 

Exhibition done as part of a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and the capstone class taught by Jonathon Russell, it features work by candidates for the BFA in Graphic Design:

Anna Bajorek, Sean Bowling, Jenna Rose, Cassidy Candelaria, Tiffany Clovis, Evan Eldred, Tenley Good, McKala Harmon, Holly Henderson, Rachel LaFrance, Raven Lyttle, Megan Moomey, May Napora, Jarrett Oldeck, Courtney Phelps, Julia Sickles, and Morgan Weldon.

Main and West Galleries

March 29 – April 13, 2019

               Reception – Sat, March 30, 2019, 2-4 pm 


Quintessence: Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Applied Arts in Art,    Spring 2019 Exhibition

This art exhibition showcases the work by CMU Department of Art & Design candidates for the BFA in Art degree: Steven Bailey Jr., Christopher Driver, Emily Gunning and candidates for Bachelor of Applied Arts in Art: Davaris Collier, Kyunna Houston, Katrina Marberger, Kristina Moore, and Evan Root.  The exhibition fulfills part of the requirements for their degree and capstone class taught by Anne Gochenour, Director of University Art Gallery.

Main and West Galleries

April 19 – May 4, 2019

            Reception – Sat, April 27, 2-4 pm 

            Artist Talks at 1:00 pm


Mount Pleasant Public Schools 2019 Exhibition         

Art works by Mount Pleasant Public Schools students, grades 1-12 will be                                   featured.  The MPPS art educators select and install the works.                                      

Main and West Gallery

May 7 - 17, 2019                                                                       

                 Reception – Tues, May 7, 6-8 pm