Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art


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



January 12 - February 3, 2017

Featuring the drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculptures for which the artist is known, this exhibition also premiered her first endeavor into the genre of video animation.

Additionally, Amy Pleasant was 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. 

Maria Fabrizio | Wordless News

November 10 - December 1, 2016

Mary S. Byrd Lecture: Thursday, November 10, 5 p.m. University Hall, Room 170.

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art was 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 were 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 featured a select grouping of Maria’s "Wordless News" illustrations from 2013 through the present. 

maria fabrizio wordless news


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 showcased the sculptures of contemporary artist, Matt Toole. This exhibition also provided 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.



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.

Ralph Gilbert image


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.



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

Marcus Kenney