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


2017-18 Schedule

How To Get Home Again: Works by Roger May

September 4 - November 10, 2017

Gallery Reception
October 3, 5-7 p.m.

Artist's Lecture
October 3, 7 p.m.

Roger May Aunt Rita Mingo County

Aunt Rita along the King Coal Highway, Mingo County, West Virginia
April 2016
archival ink-jet print

Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness

 November 14 - November 21

Opening Reception
November 14, 3-5 p.m.

Domestic violence and abuse awareness

untitled selected images
Chad Thomas
ink-jet prints

FALL BFA/BA ExhibitionS

Michael LaVan: IN(finite)

December 5 - December 9

Gallery Reception
December 6, 4-8 p.m.

Michael LaVan BFA Exhibition

Untitled (detail)
36 x 72" (full work)
pen on paper

Constant Albertson: Medicine and Magic

January 30 - March 17, 2018


ceramic with plastic


Cassidy Tonks: 672
March 26 - March 30

Cassidy Tonks

Gallery Reception
March 30, 5-8 p.m.

Rachel Havrilla: Omitted
April 3 - April 7

Rachel Havrilla

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

Carson Steiner: Chaos Theory
April 10 - April 14

Carson SteinerChaos Theory (2018)

Gallery Reception
April 14, 5-8 p.m.

Cara Iavarone: Sincerely, You
April 10 - April 14

Cara IavaroneSincerely, You (2018)

Gallery Reception
April 14, 5-8 p.m.

Group BA/BFA Exhibition
curated by Casey Droege

April 24 - May 12

Gallery Reception


Tuesday 12:30 - 5
Wednesday 12 - 5
Thursday 12 - 5
Friday 1 - 4
Saturday 1 - 4

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Last Updated 4/10/18