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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.


Kayla Olive: Capering

MFA Exhibition
August 31 - September 11, 2020 

"Capering stems from my childhood memories of play, using my dance background as both an inspiration and process for creating. Using my feet and ballet shoes as brushes, there is a repetitive nature to the gestural marks I make painting that is similar to the repetition required in ballet. I have created a body of work for exhibition that consists of nine large paintings that are 6’x8,’ one wall installation that is 10’x8,’ 50 small 5’x7’ paintings, and four folded sculptural paintings of varying sizes. Each of these paintings depict orbed forms inspired by my toes. These paintings, with the exception of the sculptural paintings on paper, are on loose canvas using watercolor, acrylic paint, colored pencil, and oil pastel. Dancing on my paintings was a way to record large full body gestural movements. The full body marks can be seen in relationship to smaller marks made from my shoulder, elbow, and wrist. Throughout this past year, I explored and experimented with a vast range of color palettes, compositions, and a variety of mark-making tools. I learned that happenstance can be intentional, and that one can flow freely back and forth between the two during the creative process. While I did research into cultures and time periods, I procured the most helpful information from inquires of myself."


Guerrilla Girls: Art, Power, and Justice for All!

October 1 - October 22, 2020

The Guerrilla Girls are a feminist, activist artist collective committed to fighting injustice in the arts. They wear signature gorilla masks in public and take on the names of dead women artists to remain anonymous. Founded in New York City in 1985, they began by flyposting text and photo-based messages on the streets of SoHo to call attention to discriminatory practices by galleries and museums towards women. They use stickers, flyers, and advertising campaigns full of facts, humor, and outrageous visuals to expose bias and corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. They create works of art that reveal the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair. The Guerrilla Girls believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders.

This exhibition features works made by the Guerrilla Girls from 1985 - 2016 and explores the artist collective’s battle for gender equality in the art world. A detailed look at their text and photo-based activist works that use statistics and humor to shock and reveal will expose underlying issues of power and representation in the arts, and chronicle the Guerrilla Girls’ history of institutional critique in the field of contemporary art. As critics of a male-dominated art world, the Guerrilla Girls believe in rewriting art history by raising awareness of and challenging discriminatory practices towards women artists and artists of color.

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SVAD Alumni Exhibition

October 30 - December 3, 2020

Featuring works by Jim Arendt, Ginny Merett, and Gina Moore.


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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