Art Walk Central 2019

University Art Gallery is 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 31 artists from across Michigan. Many of the artists are CMU alums, students, faculty or staff: Marilyn Biefer, Corby Blem, Maggie Buerkle, Tatsuki Hakoyama, Stephanie Jackson, Sally Rose, Delphine Rossignol, Greg Stahly, and Ingrid Tourangeau. Awards of $11,000 will be given for Jurors, public Choice and Youth.  Come see the works by all the talented artists - then register and vote for your favorite artist for the public choice award. 

August 5 – August 31, 2019

Artist Talks & Reception: Tuesday, August 27 at 4 pm.  Artists Ingrid Tourangeau, Diane Mooradian and Maggie Buerkle will discuss their work.  Free and open to the public.

*PLEASE NOTE Art Walk Central hours at the Gallery: Mon.-Wed. 11-5

             Thurs. & Fri. 12- 6, Sat. 10-4


Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition 2019: Sabbatical & More

Members of the Department of Art & Design faculty exhibit their current work. Exhibition features work in printmaking, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture & video by faculty who have had sabbatical leaves in the past two years: Larry Burditt, Johanna Paas, Greg Stahly, and David Stairs.

September 12 – October 5, 2019

Opening Reception – Wed. Sept 11, 4-6 pm


The Artifice of Wilderness: Works by Mary Claire Becker, 2019 Barstow Artist-in-Residence

 "Mary Claire Becker is a printmaker whose work rearranges and re-contextualizes human-made depictions of Nature. She was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and in 2012 received her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In 2019, she received her MA and MFA from the University of Iowa and her Certificate of Book Arts from the UI Center for the Book. She has taught Printmaking and Drawing at the University of Iowa and served as studio assistant for multiple classes at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.  Mary Claire is interested in interdisciplinary applications of printmaking, and in 2017 she created artwork inspired by ecology fieldwork as an Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Artist in Residence." This exhibition includes installation, framed prints, sculpture and animation art works. She is currently the 2019 Stephen L. Barstow Artist-In-Residence at Central Michigan University.

September 12 – October 5, 2019

Opening Reception – Wed. Sept 11, 4-6 pm

Mary Claire Becker Artist Talk - Tuesday, September 17 at 5pm in Wightman 142. Free and open to the public.

Pattern Overload: Immersive Wallpaper Installation

This installation will be done with students working with Mary Claire Becker,  the 2019 Barstow Artist-in-Residence during a printmaking workshop for students in a printmaking class with Johanna Paas. The installation will be in the West Gallery September 26 -October 4, 2019.  Student Artists are: Courtney Annuschat, Lauren Blake, Joseph Hamway, Joshua Heath, Rachael Kaiser, Ransom McCarthy, Courtney Phelps, Natasha Raquepaw, Brianna Rauch, Sienna Rogers, Dylan Sherman, Emily Swierzbin, and Julia Wozny.

West Gallery

September 26– October 4, 2019

Opening Reception – Thurs. Sept 26, 1 pm

Rosmarie Tissi, Graphic Design

Rosmarie Tissi is an acclaimed Swiss Graphic Designer. This exhibition was curated and organized by Phillip Niemeyer who writes "Like future thoughts made present, the jagged grids, spaced typography, and reckless color of Rosmarie Tissi's 1970s and 80s graphic work anticipated what computers would make possible only decades later….she is part of a generation of Postmodernist graphic designers who taught themselves how to break apart the grids of Modernist layout working by hand."  Still working and traveling in her early eighties we will get a chance to meet this innovative and important graphic designer – artist talk to be determined.

October 15– November 16, 2019

         Reception – Wednesday, Oct 16, 4-6 pm , Phillip Niemeyer, curator for the exhibition will give an exhibition talk in the gallery at 5 pm during the reception.


Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Applied Arts in Art, Fall 2019 Exhibition

This art exhibition showcases the work by CMU Department of Art & Design candidates for the BFA and BAA in Art degree.  BFA candidate is Bailey Patterson and BAA candidates are Jennifer Hesselink and Romello Ross. The exhibition fulfills part of the requirements for their degree and capstone class taught by Anne Gochenour, Director of the University Art Gallery.

November 22 – December 14, 2019

Reception - Sat, November 23, 2-4 pm

Artist' Talk at 1:30 pm

Spring 2020


Guns: Loaded Conversations

Today we find ourselves living in a society in which gun violence feels commonplace. Yet an enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned about the rising tide of gun violence.

Artists have been a catalyst for difficult societal conversations throughout history. Guns: Loaded Conversations seeks to engage viewers of differing opinions to listen to each other and to encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

Organized by SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates this exhibition features 33 art quilts by both national and international artists. The exhibition was juried by Dr. Vicky A. Clark, an independent curator and writer. She has assisted with Fiberart International exhibitions in cooperation with the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, and has been a visiting curator and lecturer in the Textile Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.
She is also a professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, West Virginia University, and Clarion University.

January 15 – February 8, 2020

Reception– Wed, Jan 15, 4-6 pm


2020 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.

Entries will be accepted February 18 & 19, 2020 from 11-6.

February 28– March 21, 2019

Reception - Sat, Feb 29, 2-4 pm  


Graphic Design 2020 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

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

April 3 – April 18, 2020

Reception – Sat. April 4, 2020, 2-4 pm


Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Applied Arts in Art,

Spring 2020 Exhibition

This art exhibition showcases the work by CMU Department of Art & Design candidates for the BFA in Art degree and Bachelor of Applied Arts in Art. The exhibition fulfills part of the requirements for their degree and capstone class taught by Anne Gochenour, Director of University Art Gallery.

April 24 – May 9, 2020

Reception – Sat, April 25, 2-4 pm

Artist Talks at 1:00 pm

Free and Open to the public

Mount Pleasant Public Schools 2020 Exhibition        

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

May 12 - 22, 2020                                                                     

Reception – Tues, May 12, 6-8 pm