Gallery Lobby



The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the BGSU Fine Arts Center Galleries with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  OAC Website.   We are very grateful for their support, which helps us to provide free meaningful arts experiences to the citizens and students of Northwest Ohio.


The Best of 2016

The 33rd annual juried exhibition of Ohio Designer Craftsmen, showcasing works in clay, glass, fiber, wood, metal and mixed media by many nationally recognized Ohio artists.  ODC Website


SEPTEMBER 16 | 5:30 P.M.
ARTalk: Joshua Kosker (MFA 2015), Visiting Professor of Art in Jewelry and Metals Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 204 Fine Arts. Reception for the Artist follows in the Willard Wankelman Gallery



An expanded definition of photographic portraiture is explored in this exhibition of works by 27 renowned artists curated by Lynn Whitney, Andrew Hershberger & Jacqueline Nathan.  It will be shown at Slocumb Gallery and the Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University in October. A catalogue with an introduction by Andrew Hershberger will accompany the exhibition. Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery.    


SEPTEMBER 19 | 5:00 P.M.   

ARTalk: Jess T. Dugan: A Decade of Visual Activism

Donnell Theatre, Wolf center for the Arts; Reception for the Artist follows in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery Lobby

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. Dugan’s first monograph Every breath we drew was published in 2015 by Daylight Books and she was selected by the White House as a 2015 Champion of Change.


THE POYAIS GROUP  The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramner 

New Music & Art Festival

OCTOBER 19 - 22

Featuring guest composer DAI FUJIKURA

OCTOBER 19  | 7:00 P.M.

Opening Performance: The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramner

THE POYAIS GROUP (Jesse Ball, Thordis Bjornsdottir, Olivia Robinson, & Jesse Stiles),                        Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery 


October 20 - November 21

The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramner

The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramner is a mixed media installation by The Poyais Group (Jesse Ball, Thordis Bjornsdottir, Olivia Robinson, & Jesse Stiles). "May Elizabeth Kramner (1867-1977) was a recluse and an artist of the type now dubbed 'outsider.' Her life work consisted of a model of the town in which she lived. Each house was represented by a tent and on each tent was sewn the manner of death of a person (or persons) who lived in that house at some time during her life. May Elizabeth's work was witnessed by no person outside of her immediate family during her lifetime. After her passing, the Deathworks were discovered by Charles and Dorothy Winright, the acclaimed anthropologists, but were destroyed in a fire shortly thereafter. In 2011, The Poyais Group recreated the artworks based upon Dorothy Winwright's notes from her initial survey of May Elizabeth's tents and pavilions.” 

Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery

Closed November 11 for Veterans’ Day


Criminal Justice?

Carol Jacobsen: Still from "Time Like Zeros", 2010

Andrea Bowers        #sweetjane

                                Courtroom Drawings (Steubenville Rape Case, Text messages Entered as Evidence, 2013), 2014

Carol Jacobsen

                                 Films and Images

Artists whose work investigates the attitudes and biases embedded in the U.S. justice system as evidenced by the sentences meted out to battered women who acted in self-defense but were convicted of murder and those of students convicted of sexual assault.

In the U.S., one-third of female murder victims are murdered by male partners, and women survive an estimated 4.8 million rapes and physical assaults each year at the hands of their husbands or boyfriends, according to the Michigan Women’s Justice and Clemency Project. Each year, the BGSU Silent Witness Unveiling reveals the deaths of girls and women in our region as a result of violence. In the vast majority of sexual assaults the perpetrators never serve time in prison—97 percent of cases, an analysis of Justice Department data by the anti-sexual violence advocacy group RAINN concluded. Recent rape cases on campuses have foregrounded this disturbing scenario, and the gender disparities in prosecution and sentencing.

Willard Wankelman Gallery


NowOH 9

July 15-30

Opens Friday, July 15, 7:00 p.m., BGSU Galleries



FEATURING: Lucy Long and the Root Cellar String Band 
7:00 P.M. Gallery Talk with Sarah Rose Sharp

Sharp writes about art and culture for Art in America, Hyperallergic, FlashArt, Knight Arts, and others.

8:00 P.M. Awards Ceremony
Gallery hours:  Thursday 6-8 p.m., Friday - Sunday 1-4 p.m.

All exhibitions are free and the public is welcome.

All galleries are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the upper level of the Wankelman Gallery.

Gallery Hours during exhibitions:
Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

These hours may change during summer exhibitions - please check the exhibition description!
The Galleries are also open by special appointment for group visits.

The Fine Arts Center gratefully recognizes generous support from:
The Ohio Arts Council
BGSU Ethnic Cultural Arts Program