The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's mission is to promote smart and relevant works of art by emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists. The Gallery strives to serve as a laboratory for student learning and seeks to enrich the lives of community members.

The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is the proud recipient of the 2018 Ellsworth Kelly Award presented by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for the solo exhibition of work by artist Bojana Ginn.

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Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art

Summerville Campus

Washington Hall

Shannon Morris, Gallery Director


Our Location

Washington Hall

We are located on the ground floor of Washington Hall on the Summerville Campus. When you enter through the main gate you arrive at a round-about, do almost a full turn around, and then turn to the right (a sign says Washington Hall). The road will turn slightly to the right and you will see a medium height brick building with a fortress jagged roof-line on your left side. This is Washington Hall. The entry that leads to the gallery is the one you see first as you approach the building.
Shannon Morris

Shannon Morris- Gallery Director

Shannon Morris serves as Gallery Director of the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art and Senior Lecturer for the Department of Art and Design and the Honor's Program. As Gallery Director, she works with artists and arts professionals to serve AU and the local community. The Foundation for Contemporary Arts and The Ellsworth Kelly Foundation selected her proposal for a solo show by Atlanta-based artist Bojana Ginn for the 2018 Ellsworth Kelly Award, bringing recognition to the university. Morris's relationship with the European Cultural Centre in Venice, Italy, provides the Department of Art and Design faculty with international exhibition opportunities. She holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Annual Student Juried Exhibition

 November 9- December 8, 2022

Reception: Thursday, November 10, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to present the 2022 Annual Student Juried Show from November 9 - December 8, 2022. Featured for the exhibition are Nika Aarts, Adila Albino, Maddie Apple, Tyce Dukes, Madison Forkey, Mitchell Haeberle,  Lillie Jester, Gerry O'Meara, Mike Spencer, and Dylan Stout.

The exhibition was juried by contemporary artist Marianna Dixon Williams. Their excellent teaching practice has placed them at top universities such as the University of Pennsylvania, Augusta University, and Mount Holyoke College. They currently serve as an Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design.

In collaboration with this exhibition, Augusta University Cinema Series will present Jan Svankmajer's ALICE on September 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Maxwell Theatre on Summerville Campus. Dr. Bramlette Reeves will introduce the film.

Juried Show