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.

University Art Gallery


2016-17 Schedule

On Earth as it is in Space: Works by Ryder Henry

September 21 - November 19, 2016

Opening Reception & Artist's Lecture
September 21, 3:30 - 6 p.m.

Ryder Henry

Mixed Media

THE FOUR SEASONS and Selected Works:

a Collaborative Book and Exhibit

January 31 - March 25, 2017

Artist:  James Stewart
Bookbinder:  Susan Frakes
Poet:  Philip Terman

Reception & Reading
February 7,  5 - 7 p.m

 James Stewart

(image from a collaborative hand-bound book)
The Four Seasons and Selected Works
Watercolor and Gauche on paper

BFA/BA ExhibitionS

Carolyn Confer: Beneath the Surface

April 3 - April 7, 2017

Closing Reception
April 7, 6 - 8 p.m.

Carolyn Confer

screenprinted fabric
dimensions variable

Chandler Strawcutter: Pop Prince

April 17 - April 21, 2017

Opening Reception
April 17, 4 - 8 p.m.

Chandler Strawcutter

Kayla Shaffer: Remnant

April 25 - April 29, 2017

Closing Reception
April 29, 6 - 8 p.m.

Kayla Shaffer

Warped  (2016)
oil on canavas
24 x 32"

Catherine Hogg: Neighborhoods

May 2 - May 5, 2017

Closing Reception
May 5, 5 - 8 p.m.

Catherine Hogg

6 x 12 x 18"

BFA Group Exhibition



Tuesday 12 - 5
Wednesday 12 - 5
Thursday 12 - 5
Friday 1 - 4
Saturday 1 - 4

View Past Exhibitions



Alviani Empty Set

 Exhibitions and Events


Tobeco 2016

Tobeco Open Mic and Exhibition

October 18 - October 26

Open Mic and Opening Reception October 18, 5:30 - 7
Marwick-Boyd Auditorium Lobby and Empty Set Gallery


Halloween Exhibition

October 28 - November 1
Empty Set Gallery


Student Exhibition - Call for Submissions!!!

Last Updated 4/13/17