University Art Gallery
100 Trinity Hall

The University Art Gallery is located on the California State University, Chico campus in Trinity Hall. The gallery is a student-centered exhibition space that focuses on original works by regional, national and international artists. Students, faculty and staff from throughout the University as well as visitors from the City of Chico and the surrounding region utilize the gallery's resources. The gallery program seeks to demystify the arts by furnishing its visitors with a meaningful artistic experience and providing insight into the creative process. All gallery events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted).



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

100 Trinity Hall, on the Chico State Campus

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

Gallery Curator: Jason Tannen
Office: 530-898-5864

Exhibition Calendar 2013 - 2014

Currently on view:

March 3 - April 10 (Please note the dates for this exhibition have been extended)

Luke Matjas (Thousand Oaks, CA)

A Swirling Cloud of Dust and Gas Like This


The Secret Life of Cells, digital and analog drawing, 2010.

Reception, March 6, 5 - 7pm. Artist talk, 5pm.

The gallery will be closed March 17 - 21 & March 31.

Luke Matjas’ large–scale digital/analog prints combine highly detailed graphite drawings with thousands of overlaid vector drawings.  His work investigates the intersection of art and science, creating a twisted world in which manmade objects and consumer excesses are fused with diorama-like views of the natural world. Matjas is an Associate Professor and Art Department Chair at California State University Channel Islands.

Installation views:


April 7 - 11: Michael Hurley, Master's of Fine Arts culminating exhibition: Wolves ’n’ Wheels: Material Movement

Diesel-powered Depletion, slip cast and assembled stoneware, 2014.

Reception, April 10, 5 - 7pm. Artist talk, 5:30pm.

This exhibition is funded by Student Instructionally Related Activities Fees.


59th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Entry form available HERE.

Installation view, 58th Annual exhibition, 2013.

Guest Juror: Glen Helfand

Glen Helfand is an independent writer, critic, curator, and educator. He teaches at California College of the Arts, Mills College, and at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he organizes the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. He recently curated the 3-part exhibition Proximities at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

Juror’s Lecture: On Proximities: artists respond to the question 'What is Asia?'
Thursday, April 17, 5:00 PM
Ayres Hall, Room 216 (please note location change)

April 28 - May 14: The Fifty-ninth Annual Juried Student Exhibition

The annual student exhibition features works in a wide variety of media submitted by Chico State art students and selected by a guest juror. This annual exhibition consistently represents an impressive range of approaches, concepts and media, including ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation and digital media.

Thursday, May 1, 5:00pm, PAC 134
Prizewinners announced for the Annual Student Exhibition, the Janet Turner 17th Annual Juried Student Print Exhibition, and the Annual Art Education Spring Exhibition. Receptions to follow, at the University Art Gallery, Janet Turner Print Museum, and BMU 3rd Floor Gallery.