Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
McMaster Gallery features approximately four exhibitions from visiting artists and
students each academic year. Join us for exciting exhibition talks, artist lectures,
and gallery receptions at programmed times.
The Design of the First-Year Reading Experience
August 26 - September 30, 2021 | In 1993, The University of South Carolina initiated
the First-Year Reading Experience as a way of creating a common academic experience
for the incoming freshmen class. The University of South Carolina sought a unique
way to promote this experience. Since 1994, a promotional poster has been created
by a graphic design student every year through a unique competition within the design
program. Additionally, since 2013, the students began to also design a new book cover
published especially for the University of South Carolina incoming freshman. This
exhibit showcases the history of the posters and book covers designed for the First-Year
Reading Experience by the graphic design students over the past twenty-seven years.
October 14 - December 2, 2021 | Eloisa Guanlao approaches art with the perspective
that our cultural environment shapes our socio-economic and political history and
identity. Human-made culture can be unmade and transformed for the welfare of circadian
cycles and natural, biological systems. Darwin's Finches are at once fossilized records
and a critical examination of the myopia of nineteenth century positivist science
that endures today. The wet collodion glass ambrotypes capture images of "stuffed"
birds, sewn out of her daughters' outgrown clothes, that are endemic to the varied
regions of the United States Guanlao considered home at one point. They compel deliberate
meditation upon the benefits and pitfalls of technology on the circadian rhythm of
living species. The ambrotypes are housed in stylized, wooden view cameras, harkening
to the early days of field photography. The ambrotypes of "stuffed" birds perch as
poignant, but pale souvenirs of real birds migrating over real places.
Fulmination and the Final Fulfillment: Specters of Capital
January 13 - February 17, 2022 | Morgan Craig believes that architectural structures
acting as both repositories and as vehicles for memory profoundly influence culture
and identity by providing a tangible framework through which facets of a society can
be expressed. Consequently, he has been inspired to build a body of work dealing with
how identity is influenced by the types of architectural edifices present in a given
landscape. Craig's work is not merely a method of documentation, but a sociopolitical/socioeconomiccommentary
on the effects of hubris, avarice, free trade, outsourcing, deregulation, deterritorialization,
neoliberalism, obsolescence, and international-finance-capital upon communities throughout
the world. Within the realm of Jacques Derrida's theory of Hauntology, the paintings
speak of the slow disintegration of the future, and the abysmal fragmentation of the
67th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
March 2 - March 17, 2022 | The School of Visual Art and Design's Annual Juried
Student Exhibition. Students are awarded cash prizes for Best in Show; 1st, 2nd and
3rd Place Undergraduate Awards, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Graduate Awards.