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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

McMaster Gallery features approximately four exhibitions from visiting artists and students each academic year. Join us for exciting exhibition talks, artist lectures, and gallery receptions at programmed times.

2016 Book Cover for the First-Year Reading Experience

The Design of the First-Year Reading Experience

August 26 - September 30, 2021    |    In 1993, The University of South Carolina initiated the First-Year Reading Experience as a way of creating a common academic experience for the incoming freshmen class. The University of South Carolina sought a unique way to promote this experience. Since 1994, a promotional poster has been created by a graphic design student every year through a unique competition within the design program. Additionally, since 2013, the students began to also design a new book cover published especially for the University of South Carolina incoming freshman. This exhibit showcases the history of the posters and book covers designed for the First-Year Reading Experience by the graphic design students over the past twenty-seven years. 

Wall from Darwin's Finches exhibition

Darwin's Finches

October 14 - December 2, 2021    |    Eloisa Guanlao approaches art with the perspective that our cultural environment shapes our socio-economic and political history and identity. Human-made culture can be unmade and transformed for the welfare of circadian cycles and natural, biological systems. Darwin's Finches are at once fossilized records and a critical examination of the myopia of nineteenth century positivist science that endures today. The wet collodion glass ambrotypes capture images of "stuffed" birds, sewn out of her daughters' outgrown clothes, that are endemic to the varied regions of the United States Guanlao considered home at one point. They compel deliberate meditation upon the benefits and pitfalls of technology on the circadian rhythm of living species. The ambrotypes are housed in stylized, wooden view cameras, harkening to the early days of field photography. The ambrotypes of "stuffed" birds perch as poignant, but pale souvenirs of real birds migrating over real places. 

Piece from Fulmination and the Final Fulfillment

Fulmination and the Final Fulfillment: Specters of Capital

January 13 - February 17, 2022    |    Morgan Craig believes that architectural structures acting as both repositories and as vehicles for memory profoundly influence culture and identity by providing a tangible framework through which facets of a society can be expressed. Consequently, he has been inspired to build a body of work dealing with how identity is influenced by the types of architectural edifices present in a given landscape. Craig's work is not merely a method of documentation, but a sociopolitical/socioeconomiccommentary on the effects of hubris, avarice, free trade, outsourcing, deregulation, deterritorialization, neoliberalism, obsolescence, and international-finance-capital upon communities throughout the world. Within the realm of Jacques Derrida's theory of Hauntology, the paintings speak of the slow disintegration of the future, and the abysmal fragmentation of the past.

2021 Juried Student Exhibition in McMaster Gallery

67th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

March 2 - March 17, 2022    |    The School of Visual Art and Design's Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Students are awarded cash prizes for Best in Show; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Undergraduate Awards, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Graduate Awards.


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