October 27, 2014

UMass Art Crawl

Campus offers a wealth of galleries for creative inspiration

A hip activity to do solo or with friends is to go on an “art crawl,” hopping from installation to exhibition in search of visual inspiration. UMass Amherst boasts six (yes, that’s right: six!) galleries on its grounds. On the right day, it would be possible to gorge yourself on art without ever leaving campus.

The opening of the campus’s newest gallery, the Greenbaum Gallery in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community, is a perfect occasion to celebrate the wealth of gallery offerings by planning your very own art crawl.

Louis & Hilda Greenbaum Gallery

The Greenbaum Gallery in the CHC’s Elm building (accessible through the Melvin Howard East Wing entrance), is a modular space with exhibits designed by art history and museum studies students honing their curatorial skills. Early exhibits have drawn from Special Collections & University Archives, and featured pioneering early 20th-century photography by the Allan Sisters.
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Herter Art Gallery

Founded in 1969, the Herter Gallery is a modernist space featuring work from student artists just starting out as well as career retrospectives of established masters in experimental, contemporary visual arts. Herter regularly hosts gallery talks that are good opportunities to meet the artists and get acquainted with the regional arts scene.
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

Augusta Savage Gallery

Located in New Africa House, the Augusta Savage Gallery was founded in 1970 by the Afro-American Studies Department to promote works from a broad cultural spectrum. The work here is forthright, politically and socially engaged, and challenging. Shows this year range from a multimedia exploration of the soul, folk art from India, and high-gloss photography of female powerlifters.
Monday & Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday & Friday 1 to 5 p.m.

Hampden Gallery

The Hampden Gallery in the Southwest residential area is actually composed of three separate exhibition spaces: a lobby space, a platform space, and an “incubator” space, all to showcase and promote the works of emerging artists. Prepare for a bold multimedia experience through the work of artists striving to assert their vision into the world.
Monday through Thursday Noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.

University Museum of Contemporary Art

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015 with the upcoming “40 Years, 40 Artists” exhibition, the powerhouse UMCA, the grande dame of all the campus galleries, is a place to see the work of premier contemporary artists of the 20th and 21st centuries from around the globe, in two exhibit spaces right on the ground floor of the Fine Arts Center.
Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Union Art Gallery

Located between EarthFoods and the People’s Market in the Student Union, the Student Union Art Gallery, established in 1957, is the oldest exhibition space on campus. In keeping with the co-op spirit of its neighbors, this gallery is entirely student-run. It features the work of students and new artists, and hosts MFA and BFA shows.
Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.