University gallery

The University Gallery displays works by student, faculty, regional and nationally-known artists in all areas of art. In conjunction with the gallery program, the Department of Art presents a visiting artist series of lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Gallery Director, Deborah-Eve Lombard and a staff of student workers manage gallery operations.

The gallery is on the first floor of the Center for the Arts located at the corner of 16th and Vine on the UWL campus. You can find a campus map here.


UWL Alumnus Harold Lee is a New York-based artist who was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. He works across printmaking, photography and experimental media. He earned a degree in studio art from UWL in 2017.
UW-La Crosse Alumnus Harold Lee’s artwork is so large — with the average piece spanning 40 inches by 60 inches — it can easily fill a wall. But his work goes deep too. It explores the complexity of people’s inner emotions and his own struggles in life. He hopes viewers take a long and hard look at that complexity and how he creatively represents it during UWL’s upcoming Art Alumni Exhibition. Click here for full story.
Ten UW-La Crosse art graduates, including Lee, will exhibit post-graduation works at the UWL Art Alumni Exhibition, Oct. 4th - 26th at the University Art Gallery, Center for the Arts.  A reception with artists is planned, Friday, Oct. 25, from 4-6pm in the gallery
Gallery hours are 12-8pm Monday - Thursday, 12-5pm Friday/Saturday.
Sunday it is closed unless a Theatre event is happening.
Participating artists:
  • Jenn Bushman, ’06
  • Jim Dunn, ’13
  • Ellie East, ’16
  • Eric Hansen, ’14
  • Joseph Keenan, ’10
  • Harold Lee, ’17
  • Kat Liu, ’13
  • Sam Posso, ’14
  • Joel Starkey, ’03
  • Elizabeth West, ’17

  “Red Romaine” by Alumna Jenn Bushman. Acrylic paint on canvas.

Exhibitions 2019-20 Calendar



Past exhibitions

Equilibrium Exhibit: September 6 - 26, 2019


(Photos, left to right: Balanced Rock/print - T. Znidarsich; Calla Lily/metal-smithing/jewelry - Angie Szabo; Peaceful Places/encaustic mixed media - Carissa Brudos)

Equilibrium was an exhibit highlighting work from Wisconsin artists who are also art educators. Various media was represented, including printmaking, metal-smithing, encaustic painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, and photography.
The exhibit was held in the Main Gallery on the first floor of the Center for the Arts building. The exhibit ran from September 6th - 26th, with the reception on Saturday, September 21st, 4-6pm.
Gallery hours are 12-8pm Mon-Thurs, 12-5pm Friday/Saturday (the gallery will be open 12-6pm on Saturday, September 21st)
Participating artists:

Quenten Brown (West Salem High School, West Salem, WI)

Tim Znidarsich (Jack Young Middle School, Baraboo, WI)
Angie Szabo (Fort Atkinson High School, Fort Atkinson, WI)
Carissa Brudos (Summit Environmental Elementary School, La Crosse, WI)
Frank Juarez (Sheboygan North High School, Sheboygan, WI)
Maria Mason (American School of Doha, Qatar - on extended leave from teaching at North Woods International Elementary)

Tim Brunn (Freedom High School, Freedom, WI)

Senior Art Student Exhibition - CLARITY

Print by Julia Mielke

Graduating Senior Art students display their work. (Above - print by Julia Mielke)

April 19 - May 12, 2019

Opening ceremony held on Friday, April 19th, 4:00-6:00PM

WI 3rd Congressional District High School Exhibit

March 25 - April 14, 2019

Closing ceremony held on Sunday, April 14th, from 1:30 - 3:00PM

A total of 64 high school artists from Central and Western Wisconsin competed in the 23rd Annual Third Congressional District Art Competition. The 1st place entry will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. The 2nd place entry will be displayed in Congressman Ron Kind's office in Washington D.C. The 3rd and 4th place entries will be displayed in Ron Kind's district offices in La Crosse and Eau Claire.

Congressman Ron Kind and his wife Tawni Kind were present at the closing ceremony on Sunday, April 14th, to announce the winners. Ben Labuzzetta from Holmen High School won 1st place for his piece, "Golden Hour" (shown below).

2nd Place - Cheyanne Mattie, Logan High School, Untitled

3rd Place - Xia Moua, Logan High School, Mixed Feelings

4th Place - Nola Bantle-Felt, Central High School, Melancholy

Honorable Mention: Jordan Giles - Cadott High School; Abbey Jacobs - La Farge High School; Lewis Bingol - Central High School; Natalie Nordmann - La Farge High School; McKenzie Bell - Hillsboro High School; Grace Widner - La Farge High School; Nidhi Shenoy - Holmen High School; Ace Glise - 7 Rivers Community High School.

Jodi Reeb - A Love For Bees Wax

April 1 - April 5, 2019

Minnesota artist, Jodi Reeb, arrived on campus for her encaustic art exhibit, April 1 - 5. Thursday, April 4th, she gave her artist talk on the grant she received to pursue this project. On Friday, April 5th, she did two workshops in which attendees learned how to do an encaustic piece of art work and were given the opportunity to create an encaustic piece.

All Student Juried Art Exhibition

February 22 - March 14, 2019
An exhibition of sculpture, painting, prints, photographs, metals/jewelry, ceramics, drawing, illustration, textile and mixed media work. A total of 162 works were submitted by 61 student artists, with all majors allowed to participate. The judges selected 58 works of art to include, representing 42 student artists. Special recognition was given to 14 works.
Jurors were David Wells, Gallery Director at Edgewood College, Madison, and Jeremy Chen, MFA-Assistant Professor at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA.
2019 Award Winners:
Rachel Alderton - Louise Drumm Art Award 
Emiko Wilks - All-Student Art Exhibition Art Award
Louise "Lulu" Zuba - Carol Hutchins WInther Art Award
Emily Dillon - Ray Sherin Art Award
Carolyn Myers - Catherine Crail Art Award
Lydia Reilly - Milton and Margaret Kosbab Art Award
Jenna Arts - James Quillin Art Award
Austin Vanburen - Richard Koehler Art Award
Andrea DeBauche - Bill Kader Art Award
Hunter Hulley - Dan and Ruth Devitt Award
Taylor Finn - Dan and Ruth Devitt Award
Katlyn Buika - Bil Fiorini Award
Erica Ells - Ruth Ann Knapp Award
Kläre Kirchner - Betty Kendrick Art Award

Linda Levinson: Incidents of Light

Linda Levinson 2019 Digital Sign.jpg

Artist Linda Levinson: “I have begun a series of traditional black and white and cyanotype photograms (photographs made without the use of a camera) of books when I had access to a massive scholarly library, ranging from 19th century classical texts to contemporary small-press volumes of poetry, with many volumes devoted to philosophy and religion. The thousands of books on the shelves of this library impressed me, realizing that it would be impossible for me to read even a partial portion of them in my lifetime. I began to wonder that if I touched each book, and held it in my hands, I would come to possess another kind of knowledge from that act; a transference of energy that I might feel, or a mystical experience emanating from each book if I made a photogram of it. “I began by selecting books whose titles attracted me, such as: The Writings of Anna Freud, The SanskritEnglish Dictionary, the King James Bible, Tristan Tzara’s Selected Poems. I have retained the titles of the books and the order in which I made the prints as my titles for the images; for the very titles of the books I used resonate with the inner source of light I have culled from them. “To make the photograms I placed the book that I had selected on the surface of photo-sensitive paper, exposed it to light and developed it. I called the residual image that appeared after development a ‘pneumatic’ trace, a presence of an absence. “This process results in an image that captures the imagination by transforming the actual object-hood of a book into a visual abstraction in monochrome. When successful, the print is capable of evoking the mystery of the essence of the object itself and at times, even hints at its subject matter. In this process I explore the specificity of photography — as I have done in different modes throughout my career — convinced that its essence is most directly manifested when photography does not primarily or merely represent the way things look.”

Senior Art Student Exhibition

November 30 - December 12, 2018

Graduating Senior art students present their current work.

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Wisconsin Metal NOW

November 2-November 11, 2018

A Celebration of contemporary Art metal production in Wisconsin.

David Barnhill
Michael Bernard
Jeffrey Clancy
Teresa Faris
Lisa Gralnick
Yevgeniya Kaganovich
Erica Meier
Masako Onodera
Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro
Andrew Redington
Aric Verrastro

UWL Art Faculty Exhibition

October 4-October 25, 2018

Pao Houa Her: My Mother's Flower

September 6-September 27, 2018

Photographs that explore the enduring presence and significance of flowers in Hmong culture.

Senior Art Student Exhibition

April 13-May 4, 2018 

Graduating senior art students present their current work.

Wisconsin 3rd Congressional District High School Exhibition

March 22-April 8, 2018

Local high school students celebrate art and creativity.

All-Student Juried Exhibition

February 23-March 8, 2018

Students from diverse disciplines exhibit their best new work.

China Changes Everything :: Made in Beijing

January 25-February 10, 2018

Fine art prints explore cultural exchange, technology and East/West links. 

Senior Art Student Exhibition

December 1-13, 2017

Karen Terpstra: A Cheval Retrospective

November 3-18, 2017

Art Professor Karen Terpstra’s retrospective in the University Art Gallery included a diverse body of her artwork — pieces dated back 20 years to recently completed ones. The exhibition included sketches, drawings reworked with watercolors or oil crayons, reworked giclee prints, and ceramics.
Terpstra’s lifelong passion has been horses, “The ‘horse’ has always been and always will be a major influence and the subject matter of my utilitarian and conceptual works."

Adrienne Loh: Suis ton coeur (Follow your heart)

Chemistry Professor Adrienne Loh’s photographs were taken on an iPhone 6S and a Fuji X100S and feature elements of equestrian life. Loh hopes viewers of her photography feel a sense of the space — physical and emotional — that those who live with and love horses occupy.
“Maybe they will be inspired to look a little more closely at those things that make up the essence of the places we inhabit and the experiences we have,” she explained.

What a Relief: Traditional to Experimental Printmaking at Tandem Press

 Tandem Press studio stands at the forefront of experimentation and new developments in the field of printmaking. Since 1987, Tandem and artists have pushed the boundaries of printmaking, exploring new materials and techniques, and producing highly ambitious projects. This exhibition of prints made since 2001 showcased the collaborations between master printers and established artists including Suzanne Caporael, Robert Cottingham, Lesley Dill, Jim Dine, Sam Gilliam, José Lerma, David Lynch, Judy Pfaff, and Alison Saar.

Laura Moriarty: Pay Dirt

September 7-23, 2017

Sculptural paintings and works on paper explore the processes that shape/reshape the earth. 

Senior Art Student Exhibition

April 12-May 5, 2017

Wisconsin 3rd Congressional District High School Exhibition 

March 24-April 8, 2017 

All-Student Juried Art Exhibition 

February 23-March 3, 2017

An exhibition of sculpture, painting, prints, photographs, metals/jewelry, ceramics, drawing, illustration, textile and mixed media work. A total of 128 works were submitted by 57 student artists, with all majors allowed to participate. The judges selected 60 works of art to include, representing 41 student artists. Special recognition was given to 14 works.

Jurors were Heather Delisle, a professor at UW-River Falls, and Jon Swanson, curator at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona.

2017 Awards: Dale and Betty Kendrick All-Student Art Exhibition Award — Grant Broeckel • Carol Hutchins Winther Art Award — Sarah Heyer • Ray Sherin Art Award — Kara VanKirk • Catherine Crail Art Award — Pa M. Yang • Milton and Margaret Kosbab Art Award — Ellie DeMuth and Jeffery DeMuth • James Quillin Art Award — Sofia Kozidis • Richard Koehler Art Award — Liz Alexander • Bill Kader Art Award — Mathew Sigrist • Dan & Ruth Devitt Award in Painting — Sylvia Neumann • Dan & Ruth Devitt Award in Drawing — Theresa Kasper • Bil Fiorini Award — Tom Sheely • Ruth Ann Knapp Award — Stewart Stehly • Betty L. Kendrick Award — Gemma Zahradka • Louise Drumm Award — Jacqueline Obst

Other students with art selected for this exhibition: Rachel Ajack, Connor Claus, Alydia Downs, Lauren Follansbee, Rachel Geniesse, Tristen Hayes, Alexa Henson, Hunter Hulley, Brianna Julian, Chynna King, Libbie-Sienna Miller, Lexi Mitchell, Ivy Molls, Hayley Mosson, Baley Murphy, Ryan Naughton, Kasey Pesch, Carolyn Peterson, Chloe Pittelko, Grant Sachs, Emily Sander, Sarah Schultz, Ryan Send, Briannae Theodore, Elizabeth West, Hannah Wise

UWL Alumni Invitational Exhibition Spring 2017

January 27-February 11, 2017

UWL Art graduates exhibit post-graduation work

Senior Exhibition Fall 2016

December 2-December 14, 2016

Graduating senior art students present work from their time at UW-L

The Mississippi:  A Sense of Place, Works by Leo Smith 

November 4-November 20, 2016

Faculty Exhibition

October 7-October 23, 2016

UWL Art Faculty showcase their work

Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay

September 9-September 25, 2016

A metaphorical retracing of the imprisonment and forced assimilation of American Indian peoples. Re-Riding History website here.

Senior Exhibition Fall 2015      

Sabrina Bruehling, Nicole Finch, Scott Jablonski, Natalie Kotnik, Kayla Linde, Rebecca Marks, Danielle Nolden, Kelsey Walsh                                

Lois Bielefeld: Androgyny

September 18 – October 3, 2015     

Artist Lecture:  Friday, September 18, 3-4 pm, Room 116 CFA 

Senior Exhibition Spring 2015

April 17 – May 8, 2015

3rd Congressional District High School Exhibition 2015

March 27 - April 11, 2015

All Students Juried Art Exhibition 2015

February 13 – March 7, 2015

Jurors: Phillip Ahnen and Carolyn Payne
Full list of student artists and award winners is available here.

Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2015

Recent work by the UW-La Crosse Department of Art Faculty
November 20– December 10, 2015
View photos  

Abhyasa: Recent Works by Kim Matthews

October 17 – November 8 

Lovesickness with Trees

September 12 – October 4, 2014

Sophia Heymans and Garrett Perry, SooVAC in La Crosse

(Exhibition courtesy of Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN)

Senior Exhibition Spring 2014

April 18-May 9, 2014

3rd Congressional District High School Exhibition

April 10-12, 2014
Hosted by Congressman Ron Kind and Tawni Kind

All-Students Juried Exhibition 2014

March 7-April 5, 2014 

Justin Quinn: Tales of space and time

January 31-February 22, 2014 

Senior Exhibition WANTED: Artists of Conviction 

November 22-December 11, 2013


October 25-November 16, 2013

Curated by Roger Boulay
Justin Kimball (Florence, MA)
Hunter Lewis (Chicago, IL)
Colleen Merrill (Lexington, KY)
Adrienne Salinger (Albuquerque, NM)
Tina Tahir (Chicago, IL)
Izel Vargas (Miami, FL)     

"Erasure" brings together work from six artists across the United States who use subtraction, erosion or removal to create meaning. The exhibition includes photographs, paintings, sculpture, works on paper, video and installation by both established and emerging artists. Themes pertain to identity, American traditions as well as memory.

Biomorph: Contemporary Metals Invitational

September 20-October 12, 2013

Yuyen Chang (Madison, WI)
Daniel Dicaprio (Richmond VA)
Catherine Grisez (Seattle, WA)
David Huang (Sand Lake MI)
Evan Larson (Detroit, MI)
Ana Lopez (Denton, TX)
Sharon Church (Philadelphia, PA)

Jennifer Williams Terpstra:  Transcendence/Immanence: New Encaustic Paintings

June 28-September 14, 2013
Related Activity: Encaustic painting workshop, Saturday, June 29 9 am-4 pm

Gallery hours

Gallery Hours

Monday - Thursday 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday - Saturday 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Sundays & Holidays * Closed
  • The University Gallery is open extended hours (Noon to 5 pm) on Sundays during events at Toland Theater. Call the Gallery at 608.785.8230 for more information.
  • The University Gallery is closed during the summer 

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.