Surround yourself with knowledge. Surround yourself with UW-La Crosse.

Expand page menu
Skip to page menu

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.

Current Events

Laura Moriarty: Pay Dirt

September 7- September 22, 2017

Moriarty says she creates process-driven work “whose forms, colors, textures and patterns result from the same processes that shape and reshape the earth: heating and cooling, erosion, subduction, friction, enfolding, weathering, slippage.”

Opening Reception, September 7, 4-6 pm

Gallery Talk with artist, September 7, 5:30 pm

Observe Laura Moriarty workship, September 8, 9-noon, 116 Center for the Arts

Laura Moriarty, Pingo

Exhibitions 2017-18 Calendar

Dates Title Description Reception
Sep 7-23, 2017 Laura Moriarty: Pay Dirt

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

Thursday, Sep 7: 4-6 pm


Oct 5-22, 2017 What a Relief: Traditional to Experimental Printmaking at Tandem Press  Fine art prints by nationally recognized artists push the boundaries of printmaking. 

Thursday, Oct 5, 4-6 pm


Nov 3-18, 2017

Karen Terpstra: A Cheval Retrospective 

Adrienne Loh: Suis ton coeur (Follow your heart)


UWL Professor Terpstra of Art presents ceramics, 2D and 3D design to celebrate decades of art making. In the study gallery UWL Professor and Internim Associate Dean Loh, shares photographic images. 

Friday, Nov 3, 4-6 pm
Dec 1-13, 2017

Senior Art Students Exhibition

Graduating senior art students present their current work.

Friday, Dec 1, 4-6 pm


Jan 25-Feb 10, 2018

China Changes Everything :: Made in Beijing

Fine art prints explore cultural exchange, technology and East/West links.  Thursday, Jan25, 4-6 pm 
Feb 23-Mar 8, 2018

All Student Juried Art Exhibition

Students from diverse disciplines exhibit their best new work.  Friday, Feb 23
Mar 22-Apr 8, 2018

Wisconsin 3rd Congressional District High School Exhibition

 Local high school students celebrate art and creativity.  TBA
Apr 13-May 4, 2018  

Senior Art Students Exhibition

Graduating senior art students present their current work.

 Friday, Apr 13, 4-6 pm
May 12-19, 2018

WRAP Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP)

UW-Madison Continuing Studies presents non-professional and emerging artists from across Wisconsin.


Past exhibitions

 Annual All-Student Juried Exhibition Feb. 24-March 10, 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
Opening reception: Friday, January 27, 5-7pm

Senior Exhibition Fall 2016

December 2-14, 2016

Graduating senior art students present work from their time at UW-L
Opening reception: Friday, December 2, 4-6pm

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

November 4-20, 2016

Opening reception: Friday, November 4: 5-7pm

Faculty Exhibition

October 7-23, 2016

UWL Art Faculty showcase their work

Opening reception: Friday, October 7, 4-6pm

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

September 9-25, 2016

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

Opening reception: September 9, 2016: 4-6pm

Senior Exhibition Fall 2015      

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

Opening Reception: Friday, November 20, 5-7:30 pm

Lois Bielefeld: Androgyny

September 18 – October 3, 2015     

Opening Reception:  Friday, September 18, 4-6 pm

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

Senior Exhibition

April 17 – May 8, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, April 17  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

3rd Congressional District High School Exhibition

March 27 - April 11, 2015
Reception, Sunday, April 12, 1 – 3 pm

All Students Juried Exhibition 2015

February 13 – March 7, 2015

Opening Reception, Friday, February 13

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
Opening reception, Thursday, November 20, 4-6pm
View photos  

Abhyasa: Recent Works by Kim Matthews

October 17 – November 8 
Opening reception, Friday, October 17, 4-6 pm
Artist lecture: Friday, October 17, 3-4 pm, Room 116 Center for the Arts

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)

Opening reception: Friday, September 12, 4-6 pm
Artist Lecture:  Friday, September 12, 3-4 pm

Jennifer Williams Terpstra:  Transcendence/Immanence: New Encaustic Paintings

June 28-September 14, 2013
Closing reception: Friday, September 13, 4-6 pm
Related Activity: Encaustic painting workshop, Saturday, June 29 9 am-4 pm

Wanted: Artists of Conviction (Senior Exhibition)

November 22-December 11, 2013

Senior Postcard 2013

(Gallery will close on November 28-December 1 for Thanksgiving)

October 25-November 16, 2013
Curated by Roger Boulay
Opening reception: Friday, October 25, 4-6 pm

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

Opening reception: Friday, November, 22 4-6 pm

Justin Quinn: Tales of space and time

January 31-February 22, 2014 
Opening reception: Friday, January 31, 4-6 pm

All-Students Juried Exhibition 2014

March 7-April 5, 2014 (Gallery will close March 15-23 for Spring Break)
Opening reception: Friday, March 7, 4-6 p.m. | Awards at 4:30 p.m.
Deliver art to be juried: Thursday, Feb. 27
Juror: Friday, February 28 

3rd Congressional District High School Exhibition

April 10-12, 2014
Hosted by Congressman Ron Kind and Tawni Kind
Reception: Friday, April 10, 1-3 p.m. 

Senior Exhibition Spring 2014

April 18-May 9, 2014

Opening reception: Friday, April 18, 4-6 p.m.

All-Students Juried Exhibition 2014

March 7-April 5, 2014 (Gallery will close March 15-23 for Spring Break)
Opening reception: Friday, March 7, 4-6 pm/Awards at 4:30 p.m.
Deliver art to be juried: Thursday, February 27
Juror: Friday, February 28

Biomorph: Contemporary Metals Invitational

September 20-October 12, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 20, 4-6pm

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)


October 25-November 16, 2013
Curated by Roger Boulay

Opening reception: Friday, Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m.

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


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.