Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery

Completed in 1992, the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery is an outstanding faciliity for the exhibition of art. With 14-foot ceilings in the central section and over 4,600 square feet, the Bryan Gallery has provided the Northwest Ohio community with the opportunity to see large-scale contemporary work in an appropriate setting.

Built with a donation from Ashel and Dorothy Bryan, the gallery is named for Mrs. Bryan, a successful artist in her own right. After raising her children, she enrolled in the art department at BGSU, and soon after began making a name for herself through showings of her work at area galleries in juried exhibitions and one-person shows. Four of her paintings are held in the BGSU Fine Arts Collection.. In 1998, she was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from BGSU for her contributions in the arts over the years.

Mrs. Bryan is best known for her series, "The Chemo Paintings," created as she dealt with the physical and emotional trauma of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. A catalog of this series was published and the paintings were exhibited widely. Following a final tour, they were permanently instaled in the Toledo Medical Center Cancer Institute. In addition, award-winning filmmaker Shawn Brady of WBGU-TV produced a moving documentary about her work and her experiences, which aired on PBS.
The Chemo Paintings brochure.pdf


The Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery has hosted such exhibitions as:

Centered Margins: Contemporary Art of the Americas Toward a Post-Colonial Future an exhibition that focused on the complexity and breadth of the American experience as seen through the eyes of artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, who examined their expeiences of difference, heritage and struggle. The featured artists included Michaela Amato, Masumi Hayashi, Frank Bigbear, Louis Cruz Azaceta, Paul Sierra and Jean LaMarr.

This is a Set-Up: fab photo/fictions This exhibition looked at photographers who utilize fabricated imagery and constructed subjects to create their work. These deliberate fictions, and their position in the realms of photography and art, were explored through the work of several highly acclaimed artists: Jane Calvin, James Casebere, Gregory Crewdson, Barbara Kasten, Abelardo Morell, Patrick Nagatani, Nigel Poor, Boyd Webb and Sandy Skoglund. An installation of Sandy Skoglund's "The Green House" was featured.

Northwest Ohio Collects II:
an exhibition of contemporary art in varied media from the collectors in this region. The Galleries program was fortunate to have the opportunity to present this exhibition of exciting and important contemporary art. An anecdotal discussion of aspects of collecting artwork was presented in conjunction with this look at some wonderful and diverse regional collections.Lenders to the Exhibition included Fred Cohn, Dawn Glanz, Arnold and Beverly Gottlieb, Mr. and Mrs. William K. Hamilton, Sara Jane Kasperzak, Dean Neumann and Penny McMorris, June and Joseph Roshe, Spencer Stone, Ann and Steve Stranahan, Georgia and David Welles and Mrs. Frederic D. Wolfe.

Strong Spirits: This exhibition was inspired by a review written by the sculptor Robert Taplin, "Dill is one of a group of mature female sculptors... who together have become a major force in American sculpture." This exhibition of seven powerful women sculptors included Lesley Dill, Ana Flores, Elizabeth King, Diana Moore, Kiki Smith, Mary Ann Unger and Daisy Youngblood.

Dorothy Bryan, "Knowing"