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 John Ready 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 Art Faculty Biennial exhibition


Opening Reception: Oct 4; 4-6 pm





Exhibitions 2018-19 Calendar

Past exhibitions

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 exhbition: 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) during events at Toland Theater. Call the Gallery at 608.785.8230 for more information.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.