The Fine Arts Gallery at Southwestern University is located in the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. The Gallery is open from 1-5pm, Monday through Friday, when exhibits are up during the academic year.

Current exhibit:


Senior Art Exhibitions by Natalie Aleman and Paige Guerra

December 1 - 7, 2014 - OPENING RECEPTION December 4, 4:00 - 6:00PM.









Recent Exhibits:


Works by

Nina Katchadourian and Annette Lawrence




Nina Katchadourian
Dont Forget - from the Family Gathering series
digital c-print
12 x 19 in



Annette Lawrence 
Free Paper 1/06 - from the 13 piece series
paper and glue
1 29.75 x 25.75 x 2 in


The Fine Arts Gallery presents an exhibition “Contingent Objects: works by Nina Katchadourian and Annette Lawrence” which celebrates the centennial of Marcel Duchamp’s landmark artwork “Bottle Rack”, 1914. By recontextualizing found objects, these two artists’ works make reference to the challenging ideas inherent in Duchamp’s oeuvre.  
Nina Katchadourian’s “Family Gatherings” is a suite of photographs of book groupings from a family’s personal library.  After studying the character of the library collection, Katchadourian arranged selected books in horizontal stacks so their titles form clever sentences or ideas not necessarily related to the books’ contents.  Katchadourian’s work uses humor to reveal serious contemporaneous issues.
Annette Lawrence exhibits twelve dramatic wall sculptures titled “Free Paper”, which she constructed from catalogs received in her mail.  Working from her career-long engagement with art as idea, Lawrence dissects and displays the catalogs in stacks on shelves, with each sculpture presenting that month’s collection.  The sculptures illuminate many topics both intellectual and social, including environmental and commercial mass marketing problems.

The exhibition opens October 8 with a gallery talk by Ms. Lawrence at 4:30 p.m.  and continues through November 16.  All events in the Fine Arts Gallery are free and open to the public.


Prints by Tom Druecker


This exhibition was in connection with Brown Symposium XXXVI, HEALING, The Art and Science of Medicine, and will be on display in the AlmaThomas Courtyard Gallery March 6.

Tom Druecker is the co-director of Slugfest Printmaking Workshop, an independent printmaking studio that offers printmaking classes and space for cooperative and contract printing located in Austin,TX. He has recently retired from the University of Texas where he was a lecturer in Lithography at for 16 years.


Patricia Olynyk: Reconceived Bodies (In Three Parts) Spring 2014

Sensing Terrains Orb 1

February 6 - March 6 2014
Opening Reception February 6 from 5:00-6:30 pm


The art exhibition Reconceived Bodies (In Three Parts) by Patricia Olynyk presents selections from three distinct groupings of work, which explore medical, scientific, technological, and symbolic representations of both human and non-human life.  These photographs, prints, and lightboxes investigate an array of themes that include: The Posthuman; Elective Biohancement and Cyborg Identity; The Gendering of Medical Knowledge; and The Body as Code. The exhibition is curated by Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and will be presented in the Fine Arts Gallery at Southwestern University. The opening reception is February 6 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. and the exhibition continues through March 6, 2014.


Senior Art Exhibitions by Anne Bannister and Orlando Tijerina

MARCH 24-30, 2014 - OPENING RECEPTION MARCH 24 4:30 - 6:00PM.


Senior Art Exhibitions by Erika Clugston, Carmen Gadt, and Sarah Kinney

April 7 - 13, 2014 - Opening Reception April 10, 4:30 - 6:00pm.


Annual Student Art Exhibition

Featuring works by students in all Studio Arts and Architecture courses.

April 24 - May 1, 2014 - Opening Reception April 24, 2014 4:00 - 5:30