University Art Gallery

California State University, Chico
100 Trinity Hall

The University Art Gallery on the Chico State campus is a forum for exploring art and ideas and a laboratory for contemporary art practices. Through innovative exhibitions and programs, the gallery engages and inspires the intellectual and creative life of the University community as well as the diverse audiences of Chico and the North State. The gallery hosts four to five exhibitions each year, as well as the annual juried student exhibition and the MFA culminating exhibitions. Broadly focused on exhibiting exemplary work by artists living today, the gallery presents artwork of varying media, content and subject.  

Currently housed in Trinity Hall, the University Art Gallery will open in the new Arts & Humanities Building in 2016.  With two separate galleries for rotating exhibitions and MFA shows, the University Art Gallery will be adjacent to the Turner Print Museum—creating a nexus of art exploration in one location.

Use policy: Until the completion of the new Arts & Humanities building, Trinity 100 is reserved for University Art Gallery and Humanities Center events only.



Please scroll down to view the gallery's current schedule and contact information.


Currently on view:

Patrick Hillman: TOTAL wreck
August 26 – October 9, 2015
Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday Aug 26, 5-7pm

TOTAL wreck is a solo exhibition of new work from Jersey-bred, San Francisco-based artist Patrick Hillman.  Through the manipulation of common household materials and forms — such as bath soap, kitty litter, pillowcases, venetian blinds and cake pans — the artist explores a domesticity that teeters between anxiety and control, hygiene and filth, purity and perversion.  The title of the show sometimes refers to the work's failed aesthetic and sometimes to the confused process through which it was made.


Upcoming Shows:


In Process: Selected Works by Master of Fine Arts Candidates
October 19 – 23, 2015
Reception: Thursday, October 22, 5-7pm


Danica Phelps: Chico’s Income’s Outcome
November 2 – December 11, 2015
Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 28, 5pm
Reception: Wednesday, November 4, 5-7pm

Chico’s Income’s Outcome presents new drawings by New York-based artist Danica Phelps.  In her ongoing project Income’s Outcome started in 2012, the artist has tracked the sale of her artwork through a series of delicate line drawings recording her income and how it is spent. Chico’s Income’s Outcome documents Phelps’ income from her visiting artist fee and subsequent expenditures during her two-week residency in Chico. At once personal yet analytical, Phelp’s project meticulously maps the everyday micro-economy of art making. This exhibition is jointly supported by the Hopper Visiting Artist program and the University Art Gallery.


Kara Maria: Head Over Heels
February 1 – March 11, 2016
Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, February 4, 5-7pm

Kara Maria’s vibrant paintings and works on paper create a visual dialogue between abstraction and representation. In a single work, the artist skips from geometric shapes and well-defined forms to exuberant swirls and cloudy splotches of color. Maria interrupts these painterly moments by inserting an isolated representational element into the composition. A detailed rendering of a military aircraft, an endangered animal, or a piece of surveillance equipment interjects a parallel discourse into the conversation of color and form. Kara Maria lives and works in San Francisco, CA.


Closed Spring Break: March 14-18


Performance Space
March 21-24
Weeklong series of performances co-curated by Kelly Lindner, Trevor Lalaguna, and Cameron Kelly


Malinda Blank
Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
March 28 – April 1


Marianna Chambard
Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
April 4 - 8


61st Annual Juried Student Art Show
Guest Juror: Aimee LeDuc, Director, Berkeley Art Center
Juror Talk: Monday, April 18, 5:00pm
Exhibition dates: April 25 - May 13
Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 28, 5pm PAC 134, followed by a reception in the Gallery.

The Annual Juried Student Art Show features works submitted by Chico State art students and selected by a guest juror. A highly anticipated event, the exhibition presents an impressive range of approaches, concepts, and media, including ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and digital media.



Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM

100 Trinity Hall, on the Chico State Campus

Map of University Gallery

Mailing address:
University Art Gallery
Department of Art & Art History
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0820

Gallery Curator: Kelly Lindner
Office: 530-898-5864