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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.


Amanda Smith: Restless Sleepers

January 14 -  February 18, 2021

Amanda Smith is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist based in Missouri, where she is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Missouri State University. Smith’s exhibition at McMaster Gallery will feature hybrid quilt paintings and cushion-stuffed works which challenge our common associations of quilts as sources of comfort and conduits to rest. Her works tap into our collective unease about transitioning environmental, political, and social landscapes. Smith adapts the forms of functional items for resting or sleeping outdoors--such as sleeping bags and hammocks--into varying shapes or substrates of wall works. These wall installations simultaneously embody aspects of comfort and uncertainty, and reference camouflage or protective cover while also being visually overt and maximalist.


66th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

March 3 - March 18, 2021


2021 MFA Exhibitions

March 29 - April 16


Jonathan Pellitteri: Canary in the Coalmine

April 22 - May 27

Jonathan Pellitteri is an award-winning, North Carolina-based artist working with three dimensional objects and industrial materials. His sculptural and installation practice involves life-size objects and miniature models to engage viewers in curious and explorative ways that stimulate personal narratives and evoke private memories. His exhibition at McMaster Gallery will explore current debates over humanity’s impact on the environment, sustainability, and the exploitation of natural resources. These ideas manifest themselves in objects that illustrate direct observations, comparisons of ancient solutions to similar present day concerns, and hypothetical future events resulting from actions taken in the present.


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Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.