The mission of Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is to explore and exhibit contemporary visual art and research in all media produced by the most distinguished and relevant contemporary artists today. We aim to serve the university's culture of creativity, innovation, and excellence. Through the direct experiences with art and artists, our students discover how art fosters the self-discovery, problem solving, and collaborative skills needed by today's leaders. Looking beyond the aesthetic functions of art, this exhibition program aims to examine the cultural, social, political or economic context through an active visiting artists program that complements the exhibitions providing opportunities for engagement with distinguished visiting artists, critics and thinkers. The gallery allows serves as an important link between the Department of Art, the university community and the Augusta community, while functioning as relevant voice within the regional and national art world.
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 26, 5 - 7 p.m.
This exhibition is presented in honor of the artistic excellence of the Augusta University Department of Art and Design faculty members.
We celebrate our faculty members with an exhibition of their recent works featuring a wide array of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work in various media including graphic media, paintings, print making, photography, sculpture and fine art quilts.
Featured artists include: Kristin Casaletto, Tom Crowther, Carrie Dyer, Philip Morsberger, Jennifer Onofrio, Randy Pace, Raoul Pacheco, Brian Rust, Chadwick Tolley, Julie Sibley and Janice Whiting.
Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to present the exhibition Philip Morsberger: An Augusta Treasure. This exhibition honors Philip Morsberger, who served as the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art for five years and holds the title of Professor Emeritus with Augusta University Department of Art and Design. Renowned for his work and his career as an artist, Morsberger is also a beloved part of the Augusta community.
Prior to his arrival in Augusta, Philip Morsberger served as the Ruskin Master for The Ruskin School of Art at University of Oxford (1971-1984) and taught at notable institutions such as Harvard University, Dartmouth College, University of California- Berkeley, California College of Arts, and Miami University in Ohio. His work is collected and exhibited by institutions and galleries throughout the US and abroad.
The Department of Art and Design will also present the works of previous Morsberger Scholar Award Recipients in Washington Hall. This award is granted annually to students who are selected by a faculty member of the Department of Art and Design.
Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is delighted to present the exhibition Field Day with
works by Didi Dunphy, June 22 – August 24, 2017.
The works on display in Field Day comprise a variety of two-dimensional images, sculptures and video’s. Ms. Dunphy’s interactive piece, Conversational Rocker, is designed for swaying, friends and fun, will provide viewers of all ages with an opportunity to take an indoor recess from their summer work schedules.
Mary S. Byrd Lecture/Reception August 24th at 5 p.m. University Hall, Room 170
Reception to follow in Washington Hall immediately following 6-7 p.m.
Curatorial Conversations August 25th 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ms. Dunphy will be in residence for a new program designed especially for Augusta University, Department of Art and Design, Juniors and Seniors on Friday, August 25. This program designed to help and support upperclassman, within the Department, as they begin to conceive and establish a body of work for their senior exhibitions.
This exhibition, juried by Birmingham-based contemporary artist Amy Pleasant, featured 31 artworks varying in medium from ceramics to digital art, printmaking, and sculpture by Augusta University Department of Art students.
The exhibition showcased the works of 22 different student artists including Sarah Adams, Jamie Boquist, Quintavious Brown, Baillie Conway, Emma Ford, Lani Frost, Kenya Gibbons, Dezzirae Goodrum, Macy Goodwin, Kelsey Hornback, Elizabeth Kenyon, Brenna Laird, Edgar Miles, Carey Mogianesi, Gerry O’Meara, Megan Pitt, Olivia Robinson, Kiersten Rockwell, Jonkota Samuels, Leah Schaffer, KeJuan Tanksley, and Stephanie Willingham
This annual exhibition gives emerging student artists a chance to experience the jurying process firsthand and gain a greater knowledge of gallery operations.
For more information about upcoming and recent projects undertaken by this year's
visiting artist Amy Pleasant, click here.
Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to present "Wordless News" by freelance illustrator and graphic designer, Maria Fabrizio. The selection of illustrations on exhibition in the gallery November 10 – December 1, 2016 are representative of a weekday practice Maria began in 2013 when Pope Benedict resigned.
In the early morning hours, Maria sketches her own version of breaking or touching news stories---a wordless version, which she then posts to her blog, wordlessnews.com. The Byrd Gallery exhibition features a select grouping of Maria’s "Wordless News" illustrations from 2013 through the present.