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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

McMaster Gallery features approximately four exhibitions from visiting artists and students each academic year. Join us for exciting exhibition talks, artist lectures, and gallery receptions at programmed times.

Rosette by Julie Schnell-Madden

Socially Engaged Ceramics 

August 25 - September 29, 2022    |  Socially Engaged Ceramics is a two-person exhibition of ceramic artwork by Julie Schnell-Madden and Lydia C. Thompson. Schnell-Madden and Thompson’s ceramic artworks are stylistically distinct but united by their intention to present timely, yet historically informed, sociopolitical commentary through the medium of ceramics. The dilapidated house structures in Thompson’s Relic series represent the working-class family home. The broken shards that fill these houses, made from her grandmother’s reclaimed ceramic figurines, symbolize negative memories, family loss, unemployment, shattered dreams, and the change evoked by removing confederate monuments. Schnell-Madden's spiral rosettes⁠—floral abstractions of femininity⁠—reflect her despair and fears concerning the ongoing corrosion of women’s reproductive rights and bodily autonomy. Presented together, both artists’ work explores and visualizes our contemporary confrontations, fears, and triumphs related to systematic racism, inequality, and women’s rights. 

Eli Kessler, Anthropocene Hex Sign

The Voyage of Life

October 24 - November 29, 2022    |    The Voyage of Life is a two-person exhibition that combines the sculptural artwork of Christopher Mahonski and Eli Kessler. The installation will contain a series of sculptures that focus on the tension between ecological and socio-cultural developments throughout time. When combined, both artists' work examines existence within a world of hyper-digital industrialization and ecological uncertainty by incorporating subject matter and materials from a timespan predating humanity to contemporary. Processes such as metal fabrication, woodworking, casting, video, and digital fabrication techniques are combined with biological specimens and geological forms, further intermixing history and materiality.

Hannah Barnes, Abyssm, watercolor and oil on linen, 16” x 20”, 2016

Call / Response

January 12 - February 16, 2023    |    Call / Response is a collaborative exhibition by Hannah Barnes and Susan Klein, two artists with a history of working in dialogue with each other. Barnes and Klein share a lifelong engagement with abstraction and a regard for process-based making. For both artists, making is a responsive act, guided by attentive engagement with the observed world and an embrace of their mediums’ unpredictabilities. In their collaborative projects Barnes and Klein mine the fruitful depths of friendship and exchange through sustained dialogue, playful improvisation, and intentional collaboration. This exhibition presents paintings, sculptures, and drawings resulting from two years of conversational and collaborative making.

2021 Juried Student Exhibition in McMaster Gallery

68th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

March 2 - March 17, 2023   |    The School of Visual Art and Design's Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Students are awarded cash prizes for Best in Show; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Undergraduate Awards, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Graduate Awards.


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