Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11–6, Saturday 11–3

Covid 19 precautions: No Receptions, must wear a mask, social distance and limit to 10 people at a time in gallery.

Art Walk Central 2020

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 22 artists from across Michigan. Many of the artists are CMU alums, students, faculty or staff: Esther Beery, Lauren Blake, Laura Coffee, Emily Gunning, Sally Rose, Romello Ross, Emily Swierzbin, Michael Volker, Julia Wozny. 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 3 – August 21, 2020

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


Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition 2020

Members of the Department of Art & Design faculty exhibit their current work. Exhibition features work in painting, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture & video by faculty Kate Kinder, Michael Volker, Kris Sanford, Ryan Flesher, David Stairs, Israel Davis, Steve Leeper and Kayla Lindeman.

September 10 – October 1, 2020


 Bivouac: Hannah Perrine Mode

Bivouac is an installation by 2020 Barstow Artist-in-Residence Hannah Perrine Mode. Soft sculptures of photographic cyanotype prints on fabric – including those created in situ on the banks of rivers and glacial nunataks – suggest precarious bodies, tethering, and weight. Tension activates each sculpture, tied in directly to the architectural features of the space. Together the work orbits around notions of shelter, hydrologic systems, and embodied memory, blending utilitarian technology with domestic handiwork.


Hannah Perrine Mode is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working at the confluence of visual art, community storytelling and polar science. She creates objects and installations as proxies for climate change, Earth systems, and human connection. Through public engagement and performance, she facilitates ways to bring the vastness of geologic time to an intimate human scale. Often combining place-based making with participatory events, she teaches art as a tool for creative thinking, science communication, and public outreach – utilizing abstract art to deepen connection to geologic forces and foster an intersectional approach to climate studies. 

Hannah has collaborated with environmental science and outdoor organizations around the world. She serves as an academic council member and art faculty for the Juneau Icefield Research Program in Southeast Alaska, and has been a Visiting Artist with the International Arctic Science Committee in Iceland and Chulengo Expeditions in Patagonia. She was an Artist-in-Residence with Google, the National Park Service/Parks Canada, Alaska State Parks, and Vermont Studio Center. She is a co-founder of Erratics, a collaborative curatorial working group exploring empathy and geology. 

Hannah has an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College and a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College. She is currently the Barstow Artist-in-Residence at Central Michigan University.

September 10 – October 1, 2020


Al Wildey: Life is a Journey

October 9– October 31, 2020      

Photography Professor Al Wildey's work will be featured in this retrospective exhibition.  His work is about the accumulation of visual information from moving through time and space.  He makes visual works by layering tiny bits of information from photographic images taken while moving through space and around sites.  After 18 years teaching at CMU Wildey plans to retire after Spring semester 2021.



An Art Installation by Brian Elder

         October 9– October 31, 2020

Brian Elder is a professor of Painting and Drawing in the Department of Art & Design. This installation is the result of work he did during his sabbatical in Italy in the Spring of 2019. Elder works in painting and mixed media. He is interested in exploring how our awareness of being in and moving through a geographic location has metaphorical ties to life experience. His work involves collage from many sources, in varied media and scale, that are pieced together and developed in order to show our contemporary understanding of a place and how we make sense of that journey.



Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Applied Arts in Art, Fall 2020 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 Yang Liu and Natasha Raquepaw and BAA candidates are Wenshu Li, Samantha McNeal, Micaela Pye, Mario Roberts, Garrett Schafer Brooklin White and An'an Yan. The exhibition fulfills part of the requirements for their degree and capstone class taught by Anne Gochenour, Director of the University Art Gallery.

November 6 – November 21, 2020


Spring 2021


It is happening now.  What are artists saying/making about it? See the works in painting, photography, fiber, installation, sculpture, video and printmaking by artists: Denise Whitebread Fanning, Xiaobin Su, Hillerbrand & Megsamen, Rebecca Goulder, Bruce Thayer, Ann Kowaleski, Yang Liu, Jeanne Fisher, Robert Cushman  and Ted Evans.

January 19 – February 13, 2021


2021 Annual Juried CMU Student Art Exhibition

Juried by Chicago inter-disciplinary artist Salvador Jimenez-Flores, this exhibition is open to all students at Central Michigan University. Awards of $800 are given - determined by the juror. Artists exhibiting are Courtney Annuschat, Mikayla Bierschbach, Brendan Bowers, Abigail Burch, Rachel Corby, Madeline DeVantier, Taylor Flynn, Rissa Groves, Lydia Hershauer, Elliot Johnson, Quinn LaMont, Danyell Nefe, Lis Randall, Courtney Rekowski, Edwin Williamson, and Dawn Woods.

February 26 – March 27, 2021

virtual reception -AWARDS will be announced Saturday< February 27 at 2 pm on webex 


Meeting number (access code): 734 197 639

Highlighted in Black: Hidden Hues

Graphic Design 2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

Exhibition done as part of a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and the capstone class taught by David Stairs it features work by candidates for the BFA in Graphic Design: Sydney Belz, Brianna Byars, Rachel Corby, Michaela Drumm, Jennifer Gillings, Marissa Haase, Sarah Heck, Lydia Hershauer, Katie Johnson, Sadie Manial, Kendall Murrell, Abigail Palmateer, Cassandra Pokora, Anah Schloegel, Madison Skop, Grace Smolinski, Yanqi Sun, Ayanna Wyatt and Ellyn Yost.

April 6 – April 17, 2021


In the Making:
Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Applied Arts in Art, Spring 2021 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: Brendan Bowers, Kendall Garcia, Matthew Gemm, Rachael Kaiser, Quinn LaMont, Suwen Ling, Cameron Matsumiya, Ashley Medina, Chris Mergner, Kendall Merriman, Morgan Niedbala, Elisabeth Randall, Dawn Woods, Rose Yob. The exhibition fulfills part of the requirements for their degree and capstone class taught by Anne Gochenour, Director of University Art Gallery.

April 23 – May 8, 2021

Virtual reception & artist talks - April 24, 2:00 pm