The University Art Galleries are dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts in both the university and community at large. Our galleries bring the visual arts to campus and the surrounding area by exhibiting works of regional, national and international artists, as well as exhibitions of Clarion University faculty and students. Programming has included a diverse array of solo and group exhibitions of contemporary artists, traveling exhibitions, artists' lectures, workshops, poetry readings and interdisciplinary events.

Clarion University's Sandford Gallery was founded in 1972 in the Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Center. It now houses the permanent collection and is used as a study gallery.

In 2002, the University Art Gallery, an ADA accessible facility, was opened in Carlson Library. The University Art Gallery, located in the lower level of Carlson Library, is run by the art department and presents two to three exhibitions of contemporary art a year as well as the annual Bachelor of Fine Arts show at the end of the spring semester. The University Art Gallery has shown an impressive array of contemporary artists from around the world in group exhibitions, including Andy Warhol and William Kentridge. 

The Empty Set Gallery is a student run space housed in Marwick Boyd Fine Arts Building. Programming consists primarily of exhibitions of student work and student curated exhibitions. Each BFA and BA student has a solo exhibition in the Empty Set Gallery. For information about exhibitions in the Empty Set Gallery or to propose an exhibition contact VizArtZ - the art student organization.

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Piercing the Veil

"Piercing the veil"

The Carlson Library University Art Gallery is proud to present, "Piercing the Veil," a new exhibition of photographs from Dr.Greg Clary, and poems by Byron Hoot. The exhibit will run from Feb. 3 through March 27, with an opening reception on from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 6. Byron Hoot will be reading his poetry on the night of the reception. A sample of Hoot's poetry and related photography is below.

The Swing

"The Swing"

By: Byron Hoot

Most of the river houses take their outside
furniture in after mid-fall, usually end
of summer.
But the Smith's leave their
swing out year round "'cause someone may
want to sit in winter and watch the river,
see the frozen flow, see chunks of ice going
by, watch the snow pile up on the water."
Joe, every other year, sands and paints
the poles and swing , checks – sometimes replaces –
the chain "cause," he says, "the river is the
river and it flows year round.
I 'spect that
Heraclitus never saw a frozen river
or he might of said something different about
not stepping into a stream – though that's
true enough in spring, summer, fall, and,
sometimes winter."
The fact is I've pulled into the driveway,
walked down the path bundled up,
wiped the snow and ice off
thinking how time and remembrance
doesn't move and those memories stay
the same casting out their flowing songs
of longing and desire.
I thank him in the spring.
"No problem,"
he says as if he knows I go there always
adding, "I often do the same."


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