University Art Gallery
Alva Taylor Hall

The University Art Gallery is located on the California State University, Chico campus in Taylor Hall at W. First St. and Normal Ave. 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 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.

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Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday & Sunday, Noon - 4 PM

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

Currently on view:

October 8 - November 1

Lucy Puls: Ad Huc Locum

Lucy Puls' Ad Huc Locum (Dragonflies), 2004

Lucy Puls examines the unwanted and discarded objects of present day culture. In this exhibition, she explores the proliferation of abandoned domestic items and appliances discovered in her own Berkeley neighborhood. These sculptures combine photographic documentation of these items in their displaced settings with 3D adornments that covertly reference the intended attributes of each item. Ms. Puls is Chair of the Department of Art & Art History, U.C. Davis.

Wednesday, October 10:

Artist's Talk, 5 PM, Trinity 100 (Humanities Center Gallery)

Gallery Reception, 6:00 - 7:30 PM (University Art Gallery, Taylor Hall)

Future perfect:

November 13 - December 16

Conceptually Bound 3: an exhibition of artists' books (

Curated by Nanette Wylde

Throughout recorded history, books have been the containers that document and transmit human culture. It is no wonder that contemporary artists are taking their cultural production into book form, and as is the practice of art makers, pushing the concept of what defines a book beyond conventions and mainstream notions. The theme, Conceptually Bound, refers to the idea that the content of the book is in part expressed by the form the book takes.

Wednesday, November 14:

Curator's Talk, 5:30 PM (University Art Gallery, Taylor Hall)

Gallery Reception, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

January 29 - February 28, 2008

7th Biennial Janet Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition

In conjunction with the Janet Turner Print Museum, this exhibition presents outstanding prints from across the nation and will be on view at the University Art Gallery and in the JTPM Gallery.

March 24 - April 17

Uncovered: The Department of Art & Art History Faculty Exhibition

The gallery presents an exhibition featuring current members of the Chico State Art Department faculty. This exhibition provides an exciting look at the diverse aesthetics and approaches of these accomplished artist-educators, featuring a wide range of media that includes ceramics, digital imaging, installation, painting, printmaking, photography, glass and sculpture.

Thursday, March 27:

Gallery Reception, 5:00 - 7:00 PM (University Art Gallery, Taylor Hall)

May 5 - 18

Fifty-third Annual Student Exhibition

Installation view, 52nd Annual Student Exhibition, spring 2007

Each year, the University Art Gallery presents this juried student exhibition of works by students enrolled in the Department of Art and Art History. The work, selected by an outside guest juror, represents a broad range of approaches and media, typically including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture and glass. The juror also awards 4 prizes - 1st, 2nd, 3rd and a special Dean's prize - all of which remain a secret until they are announced at the gala College of Humanities and Fine Arts "Celebration of Student Achievement."

This exhibition is funded by Student Instructionally Related Activities Fees.

April 24, 5:00 PM:

Guest Juror's talk, location TBA

Friday, May 16:

7 PM, HFA Celebration, PAC 134

8-10 PM, gallery reception, University Art Gallery

June 16 - 27

The Bad Seeds

The Bad Seeds features work by students enrolled in the Pleasant Valley High School advanced placement studio art class. The exhibition, the fourth in the gallery's series of summer high school art exhibitions, features works in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Note: please check with the gallery for special gallery hours during this exhibition.

Past participle:

August 30 - September 27, 2007

Binh Danh: Jungle of Memories

Binh Danh's Found Portrait, 2005

Binh Danh was born in Vietnam in 1977 before his family immigrated to the United States that same year. He received his BFA in Photography from San Jose State University his MFA at Stanford University in 2004. Danh has invented a technique for printing found photographs (digitally rendered into negatives) onto the surface of leaves by exploiting the natural process of photosynthesis. The leaves, still living, are pressed between glass plates with the negative and exposed to sunlight from a week to several months.

Wednesday, September 12:

Artist's Talk, 5 PM, Trinity 100 (Humanities Center Gallery)

Gallery Reception, 6:00 - 7:30 PM (University Art Gallery, Taylor Hall)