Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art


Visiting Artist Amy Pleasant at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art 

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. 

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, Gallery Director, Shannon Morris
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Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to announce the 2017 Juried Student Art Exhibition, February 16 - March 10, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February, 16th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. This exhibition, juried by Birmingham-based contemporary artist Amy Pleasant, features thirty-one artworks varying in medium from ceramics to digital art, printmaking, and sculpture by Augusta University Department of Art students.

The exhibition showcases the works of twenty-two 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.


January 12 - February 3, 2017
Mary S. Byrd Lecture: Thursday, January 12 at 5 p.m. University Hall, 170; gallery reception to follow.

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is delighted to present an exhibition of works by contemporary artist, Amy Pleasant, January 12–February 3, 2017. Featuring the drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculptures for which the artist is known, this exhibition will also premiere her first endeavor into the genre of video animation.

The artist will be in residence January 9–13 with the Mary S. Byrd Gallery and the Department of Art. While on campus, she will work inside the gallery to create a one of a kind wall mural to be featured as a part of the exhibition.

Additionally, Amy Pleasant has been appointed as juror for the 2017 Student Juried Exhibition for the Augusta University, Department of Art.  Amy was chosen for her excellence and renown as a contemporary artist. 

Amy Pleasant received a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Amy lives and works in Birmingham, AL. 

She has held solo exhibitions at the Jeff Bailey Gallery, NY; whitespace gallery, Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; The Birmingham Museum of Art; Atlanta Contemporary; CANDYLAND, Stockholm, Sweden; and The Packing Plant, Nashville.

Her work has been featured in group shows with other notable contemporaries like Carrie Mae Weems, Phillip Guston, and the 2016 Mac Arthur Fellow, Mary Reid Kelley. Additionally, she has been reviewed by reviewed by premiere publications in the field such as Art in America, Art Forum, Art Papers, BURNAWAY, SCULPTURE and The Brooklyn Rail.

In 2015, Amy Pleasant was named a recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award.

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Maria Fabrizio | Wordless News 
November 10 - December 1, 2016
Mary S. Byrd Lecture: Thursday, November 10, 5 p.m. University Hall, Room 170; gallery reception to follow.

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, 2017 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
Mary S. Byrd Lecture: Thursday, September 29, 5 p.m. University Hall 170; gallery reception to follow. 

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.

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Studies for the St. Paul Union Depot Murals by Ralph Gilbert
August 17 - September 16, 2016
Mary S. Byrd Lecture: Thursday, September 8, 5 p.m.; gallery reception to follow.

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
Reception: Friday, July 29 from 5-7 p.m.

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

Interactive Conversation between Marcus Kenney and Dr. Michael Schwartz
Thursday, January 21, 5:00-6 p.m University Hall, room 170





A Solo Exhibition of Works by
Morris Eminent Scholar Cheryl Goldsleger
Nov. 5-24

Artist Talk: Thursday, Nov. 5, 5-6 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 5, 6-7 p.m