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.

Gallery Temporarily Closed to the Public

Because of coronavirus precautions, the gallery is currently not open to the public. Please check back for updates. 

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Current Exhibitions

All Night Party

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All Decked Out

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Past Exhibitions

Artscape Network: Into the Void

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Included artists: Mary Anne Arntzen, Kyle Bauder, Sue Crawford, Liz Ensz, Andrew Flanders, John Herndon, Lilian Bayley Hoover, Jeremy Jirsa, William Knipscher, Nicole Lenzi, Giulia Piera Livi, Zoe-Elena Moldenhauer, Danni O'Brien, Anne Clare Rogers. 

STACY LEVY: COLLECTED WATERSHED — SPRING 2020

This lyrical installation by nationally renowned environmental artist Stacy Levy will make visual the interconnectedness of local watersheds, mapping them onto the floor of the gallery by filling thousands of recycled glass jars with water from the corresponding streams and tributaries.

This exhibition is in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University. With support from the Department of Music, CoLab and the Dean’s office at Towson University. Financial support by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Commission on Arts and Sciences, Baltimore County. 

SANDY WINTERS: CREATION AND DESTRUCTION — FALL 2019

Through her work, Winters explores nature, perceiving it as an indefatigable and overwhelming force, perpetually giving birth to and at the same time continuously overcoming the world of order, artifice, and fantasy. Winters comments, “On the one hand my work evinces an underlying preoccupation with the procreation and growth as well as the destructiveness characteristic of both nature and the human world; on the other hand, there is a recognition of the surface world of whimsy that this process makes possible.” Winters often combines painting, drawing and block printing. 

FORM.PRINT — SPRING 2019 

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.

ISLA: REGARDING PARADISE — FALL 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 palm 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

FROM THE INSIDE OUT: BUILDING THE SILHOUETTE — SPRING 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 — FALL 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. 

Traveling Exhibitions

VISIONS OF PLACE: COMPLEX GEOGRAPHIES IN CONTEMPORARY ISRAELI ART

Visions of Place was first presented at Towson University in the spring of 2016 and now continues on as a traveling exhibition. The exhibition includes the art of contemporary Israeli citizens, who speak to these vital concerns from diverse perspectives. Geography is an inescapable part of Israeli life, psyche and art. The country’s physical, personal, religious, intellectual, political, existential, historical, economic and other geographic manifestations present some of the most pressing issues in the world. 

Visions of Place and related programming are supported in part by the Embassy of Israel, Washington; Artis Grant Program; The Maryland State Arts Council; The Maryland Humanities Council; Rutgers University-Camden; The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; New Jersey State Council on the Arts; and The Jewish Community Foundation, N.J.