Parent Organization: CSD Departments & Offices
The Student Union Art Gallery is the oldest gallery on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. The gallery is entirely run by students. Active since 1957, our organization strives to provide an opportunity for students, alumni, faculty, and visiting artists to present their work to the public in a professional and accessible manner. Working interactively with student organizations, campus departments, and professional artists, the Student Union Art Gallery provides an irreplaceable educational and cultural service. The Student Union Art Gallery is independent of residential area governments and academic departments. The gallery is generously funded by The Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), and through grants from the UMass Arts Council. Individual exhibitions may also receive additional support from sponsoring organizations or individual project grants.
The Student Union Art Gallery is dedicated to four main goals:
1. Actively support and promote the expression of cultural multiplicity through programming that addresses a diversity of perspectives.
2. Provide a broad perspective of the contemporary art discourse by exhibiting work in a wide variety of media and formats by artists at all stages in their careers.
3. Expose inexperienced artists to the realities of public exhibition and/or performance.
4. Provide its undergraduate student staff opportunities to acquire skills important to work in arts administration, as well as the communication, customer-service, and task-management skills that translate across a number of career fields.
The Student Union Art Gallery enthusiastically adheres to a policy of non-discrimination in all aspects of the organization.