Center for the Arts Gallery

The Center for the Arts Gallery is the main venue for viewing some of the region and the nation’s finest artwork. The gallery is on the third floor of the Center for the Arts, near the box office.

Center for the Arts Gallery

The Center for the Arts Gallery is the main venue for viewing some of the region and nation's finest artwork and is a premier exhibition space, rivaling many museum spaces. The schedule includes several exhibitions each year of important living artists of the past 40 years, as well as emerging artists. 

Engaging lectures and premier exhibitions can be found on our campus throughout the year.

Current Exhibition

Artscape Gallery Network Exhibition: Where have we been 

July 13-August 10, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Where Have We Been is part of several presented this summer as part of the Artscape Gallery Network, coordinated by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.  The network extends the reach of Artscape offerings before, during and after Artscape festival weekend. This group exhibition explores the identities that we are born with, and those assigned to us through history, sometimes embraced and sometimes fought against, and those that we take on ourselves, often with a mix of joy and trepidation, which shape and challenge us as we move through life. The writer James Baldwin once wrote “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”  The artists in this exhibition, like Baldwin, confront a history and present, both personal and global, that is often beyond words.
Lauren Adams, Taylor Andrews, Akea Brionne Brown, Schroeder Cherry, Anna U. Davis, Nicole Dyer, Justyne Fischer, Camila Franco Ribeiro Gomide, Amy Lynn Helminiak, LaToya Hobbs, Nora Howell, Nate Larson, Lindsay Cameron MacCuaig, Sharon Pierce McCullough, Jackie María Milad, Lavely Miller-Kershman, Margaret Murphy, Katie O’Keefe, Gina Gwen Palacios, Jamaal Peterman, Scott Ponemone, Beverly Ress, Haley Sanborn, McKinley Wallace III, Stephanie Williams, Curtis Woody

Curated by:
Dr. J. Susan Isaacs, Curator, Department of Art+Design, Art History, Art Education Galleries, Towson University
Dr. Erin Lehman, Director, Department of Art+Design, Art History, Art Education Galleries, Towson University

Past Exhibitions


February 1-April 20, 2019
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Opening Lecture and Reception: Thursday, January 31, 6:30p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public, CA 2032. 
Form.Print, curated by TU faculty member Joshua DeMonte, explores the processes within digital fabrication. The challenge for participating artists is to create work that maximizes the unedited potential of additive and subtractive digital tools. Files submitted by artists were fabricated on-site by TU faculty and students. 

Participating national and international artists include Rebecca Annand, Doug Bucci, Emily Cobb, Annet Couwenburg, Emily Culver, Lissa Dillin, Richard Elaver, Bathsheba Grossman, Del Harrow, Jo Kam, Ryan Mandell, Maria Eife, Julian Mayor, Annika Pettersson, Phillip Renato, Alex Schechter, Eric Standley, Chris Taylor, Katja Toporski, and Colin Wiencek.
Artist and educator Doug Bucci, whose work focuses on functional art, furniture & jewelry, will give the opening lecture in CA 2032 at 6:30p.m.  

ISLA: Regarding Paradise

September 7-October 20, 2018
This exhibition considers the etymology of paradise and questions the effectiveness of an island’s natural and man-made barriers. Although the powerful ocean forms an ideal natural boundary, the Antilles Islands have been vulnerable to colonization and economic exploitation throughout modern history.
The word “paradise” originates from both Greek and Persian to mean a “walled enclosure” that protects an interior garden, a sacred place. The insatiable desire to conquer and own the utopic dream is an enduring theme and one that these artists examine and critique. Figures standing against the backdrop of lush palms trees, sand dunes, ocean-scapes, and tropical flora call attention to this complicated desire for the Caribbean and turns it on itself. For whom is paradise being protected, and from what?
Jackie Milad, Guest Curator


George Segal In Black And White: Photographs by donald lokuta and drawings by george segal 

Drawn from an exhibition originally curated by Donna Gustafson, Ph.D., of the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, this show includes drawings by renowned sculptor George Segal and photographs by Donald Lokuta, his longtime collaborator. These photographs document Segal in his studio, providing a view of his work and aesthetic choices.

From the Inside Out: Building the Silhouette

January 30-March 17, 2018
This exhibition celebrated Towson’s extensive historical clothing collection, with a focus on the century between 1820-1920. Visitors got a behind the scenes look at the clothing we so often see in old photos and
ads. From the most private of undergarments and hidden tricks of the trade to the outfits and accompanying outerwear, we answered the question, "How DID they wear that?"
 From the Inside Out programming supported in part by Towson University, The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, and the Maryland State Arts Council


PRINTFEST: MODERN, contemporary and Future masters

September 8-December 9, 2017
PRINTFEST was a collection of four interrelated exhibitions on prints and printmaking in the 20th and 21st centuries: Modern Masters: Twentieth Century Prints from the Reading Public Museum; Modern Masters: Twentieth Century Prints by African American Artists in the Collection of Otis Robertson; Modern Print Methods and Techniques; and Masters of the Contemporary Print. These exhibitions showcase historical figures and young and upcoming artists, and include Picasso, Warhol, John Biggers, Alison Saar, Sandy Winters and Shelley Thorstensen. 

Dark Humor: Joyce J. Scott and Peter Williams

Dark Humor and related programming supported in part by Towson University and the Maryland State Arts Council


VISIONS OF PLACE FULL Calendar of Events (PDF)
Visions of Place and related programming supported in part by Towson University; Rutgers University; Rutgers Center for the Arts/Camden; Artis Grant Program; Embassy of Israel, Washington D.C.; Maryland Humanities Council; and the Maryland State Arts Council.