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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

2018 Faculty Biennial 

November 2-December 8, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Opening Lecture and Reception: Thursday, November 1, 6:30p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
 
Towson University Department of Art + Design, Art History, and Art Education Faculty present examples of their recent aesthetic concerns in a broad range of media. In the Center for the Arts Gallery. 
 
 
Christopher Bedford, the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, will give the opening lecture in CA 2032 at 6:30p.m.  
 
 
 

Fall 2018 MFA Exhibition: Jodi Hoover and Sidney Pink

Jodi Hoover presents Little Blue House and Other Stories. Hoover's drawings and prints explore storytelling as a (sometimes unreliable) way to explain the dangerous, beautiful world. Familiar and domestic designs, such as quilt patterns, bleed into fairytale landscapes. The resulting imagery is an uneasy blend of whimsy and threat. In the Holtzman MFA Gallery
 
Sidney Pink presents Embodied Drawings: Creating Affective Spaces Through Line. Pink explores drawing in relation to somatic practices, such as dancing, walking, and breathing, and invites viewers to experience connections between phenomenology and drawing as a practice for creating new ways of thinking. In the Holtzman MFA Gallery. 
 
October 26-DECEMBER 8, 2018
GALLERY HOURS: TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 11 A.M.-8 P.M.
Opening Lecture and Reception: Thursday, November 1, 6:30p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
 

Past Exhibitions

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 

SEPTEMBER 7-OCTOBER 20, 2018
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 FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS (PDF)
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

FEBRUARY 10-APRIL 1, 2017
DArk Humor FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS (PDF)
Dark Humor and related programming supported in part by Towson University and the Maryland State Arts Council
 
 
 

VISIONS OF PLACE: COMPLEX GEOGRAPHIES IN CONTEMPORARY ISRAELI ART

FEBRUARY 5-APRIL 3, 2016
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.