Current Exhibitions

Exhibitions currently on display in the Main Gallery and Gallery 115

August, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which secured women the right to vote in the United States. The 19th Amendment guaranteed the vote for some twenty-six million women. In recognition of the seventy-two year struggle that led to this democratic achievement, the Art of Suffrage invites visitors to examine artworks that made the suffrage movement visible to the public.  These artworks reflected ideas and arguments that informed the debate over whether women should vote. Some of these ideas continued to prohibit women, especially women of color, from voting even after passage of the amendment. Reproduced in newspapers and magazines and as political cartoons, posters, postcards and photographs, artworks spread messages for and against woman’s suffrage in the equivalent of today’s mass media. The artworks also showcase period styles in art and graphic design and their use in political activism.

The Art of Suffrage is made possible by a collaboration between the Gallery of Art and Design, American Democracy Project and History and Art programs. Image research and labeling is courtesy of Taylor Hanneken and students in HIST 4500 spring 2020, supervised by Dr. Josh Nygren.  Members of the “Art of Suffrage” planning group include: Christian Cutler, Eric Stykel, Dr. Josh Nygren, Taylor Hanneken and Dr. Sara Brooks Sundberg.

Faculty Represented

Maryanna Adelman
Casey Babb
Natasha Hovey
Melanie Johnson
Dr. Mick Luehrman
Chris Lowrance
Richard Monson
Marco Rosichelli
Haroon Sattar
Justin Shaw
Dr. Susan Stevenson
Eric Stykel
Allison Kerek Williams
Matthew Zupnick

The UCM Art Faculty present their latest works in this annual exhibit which includes sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic design and mixed media.  The exhibition runs through September 19 and is open to the public.

Joey Borovicka

My studio is a room that leads to a seemingly infinite number of other rooms. I enter these other rooms by stepping into portals made of canvas and wood, never knowing what kind of room I’ll find myself in and seldom meeting the people who live there. I take the liberty anyway of rummaging through their belongings, drinking their beer, and staring out their windows. The people who occupy the rooms I visit typically appear to be loners whose solitude enables their strange obsessions. They collect things, build things, and futz around as if what they’re doing really matters–apparently for an audience of no one but themselves. It’s easy to linger in these rooms far too long without realizing it. I’ve stepped into the portals on beautiful spring days and stepped back out to find the trees outside my studio window completely bare–whole seasons of my life down the drain. I know the rooms I visit aren’t real. But sometimes they’re so real, my life feels like the thing I dreamt up.

Joey Borovicka is a painter living in Springfield, Missouri. His work has shown in solo and group shows throughout the Midwest and appeared in the publication New American Paintings in 2010 and 2013.