Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art


Field Day with works by Didi Dunphy

June 22 – August 24, 2017

Didi DunphyMary 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.


February 16 - March 10, 2017

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


November 10 - December 1, 2016

maria fabrizio wordless newsMary 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, The Byrd Gallery exhibition features a select grouping of Maria’s "Wordless News" illustrations from 2013 through the present. 


Transformative Processes

The Sculptural Work of Matt Toole

September 29 - November 4, 2016

Transformative Processes showcases the sculptures of contemporary artist, Matt Toole. This exhibition also provides a peek at the artist's performance-based work through video, photography and three-dimensional models that reveal his artistic processes. 

As a sculptor Matt creates with pieces that he collects from the natural world as well as man-made objects, his intention is to construct and display these found objects in a manner that draws attention to their dynamic form and texture. This exhibition’s glimpse at his performance events also allows viewers a glimpse of the transformation the materials undergo and to share in the excitement of what he calls, “the moment when a work of art is created."

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Westobou Festival.

Ralph Gilbert image


Studies for the St. Paul Union Depot Murals by Ralph Gilbert

August 17 - September 16, 2016

This exhibition, previously shown at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, showcases the studies for six historical, multicultural murals for the St. Paul Union Depot in Minnesota. Presenting this work in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art at Augusta University, Ralph Gilbert seeks to help students, fellow artists and the Augusta community understand the necessary time and forethought required by a large-scale public work.



June 1 - August 1, 2016

Curated by Master of Fine Art students Jessamy McManus and Courtney Ryan of Georgia Southern University, Trifecta aims to highlight outstanding MFA student work from Georgia’s public university programs and create a sense of community among emerging artists within the state.

The featured artists from Georgia Southern, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia are: Rachel Ballard, Shwarga Bhattacharjee, Reid Brechner, Amelia Carley, Kelli Couch, Ellie Dent, Cyndy Epps, Larkin Ford,Michelle Laxalt, Ben B. Lee, Nuni Lee, Atena Masoudi, Glenda Militano, Katherine Miller, Usman Oladeinde, Trevor Reese, and Dan Smith.

Marcus Kenney


A Solo Exhibition of Works
by Marcus Kenney

January 11 – February 11, 2016

Interactive Conversation between Marcus Kenney and Dr. Michael Schwartz