Art at Merrimack
Located in the Rogers Center for the Arts, the McCoy Gallery hosts several exhibitions each year and serves as an on-campus showcase for professional artists practicing in a wide range of styles.
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public during regular gallery hours.
In addition to giving students the opportunity to engage with professional quality work, the McCoy Gallery also offers student internships. You can learn how to research and interact with artists, curate an exhibition and manage a professional art gallery. At the end of each academic year, we open the gallery to our student artists for a group show.
For more information, please contact Professor Nancy Wynn by email.
2018-19 Exhibitions, Opening and Receptions
Peter Joslin: Paintings Exhibit
Opens: August 1 | Closes: September 21
Artist Reception: August 29: 5:30 - 7:30
Artist Statement: Over the last 6 years, my work has been based on the Char/Trout species, specifically, their markings. Pattern, design, and color are essential in the natural world. Nowhere is this more evident, and manifested more elegantly, than the Char/Trout species, in existence for over a million years, described eloquently by Cormac McCarthy in “The Road:”
“There once were brook trout streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculite patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not to be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”
Treasures from the College Collection
Opens: Sept. 28 | Closes: Dec. 21
An exhibition of various works from the Merrimack College Art Collection.
Dualities: Drawings and Sculptures by David Raymond
Opens: Jan. 15 | Closes: March 10
Artist Reception: January 27, 2019 from 1 pm until 3 pm
image: Sacred Harp
Dualities features sculptures and abstract drawings that join opposing experiences of presence/absence, proximity/distance, and weight/weightlessness.
Central to the drawings are patterns that shift from color-inflected surfaces to atmospheric spaces that float over the forms. The drawings’ abstract forms are filled with minute map-like patterns, which suggest organic complexities that draw the eye inward—creating an intimate space between the work and the viewer.
Luba Lukova: Designing Justice
Opens: March 14 | Closes: April 6
Artist Reception: March 30: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
About the Artist: Internationally recognized, New York-based Luba Lukova is regarded as one of the most original image-makers working today. Whether by using an economy of line, color and text to pinpoint essential themes of humanity or to succinctly visualize social commentary, her work is undeniably powerful and thought provoking.
Lukova creates arguably some of the most iconic and indelible imagery in the realm of contemporary poster design. In her art, less is more. More effect, more message, more expression; all while doing it with less. Most of her prints are made with as few as two or three colors. The graphic elements are bold with few fine details but the intent is clear. Her messages reflect the human condition, fundamental fairness and justice. Yet while it is easy to focus solely on the messages of her provocative works, it is important to take a step back to appreciate the artistic merit in her simplicity. Her use of striking, metaphoric images gives the viewers art to not only appreciate visually but intellectually.
Lukova’s work has been exhibited around the world, including UNESCO, Paris; DDD Gallery, Osaka, Japan; La MaMa Gallery, New York; and the Art Institute of Boston. She has received commissions from Time, Sony Music, Canon, and Harvard University, among others. Lukova’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Denver Art Museum, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; the Library of Congress and the World Bank, Washington, DC. Her many awards include the Grand Prix Savignac at the International Poster Salon in Paris, the Gold Pencil from The One Club in New York, and Honor Laureate at the International Poster Exhibition in Fort Collins, CO.
She holds an honorary doctoral degree from the Art Institute of Boston. Lukova is the author of the critically acclaimed Social Justice poster portfolio containing visual reactions to many of the pressing issues of our time. The collection has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and around the globe, and has gone viral on the internet.
2019 Visual Arts Student Exhibition
Opens: April 11 | Closes: June 15
Reception: April 11
Annual exhibition of student work, including Senior capstone projects, in drawing, graphic design, film, painting and more.
“The Spirit Books”
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
Jan. 23 through Feb. 25, 2018
Reception: Jan. 25, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
March 1 through April 8, 2018
Reception: March 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
2018 Visual Arts Student Exhibition
April 12 through June 15, 2018
Reception: April 19, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Additional works in the Thagaste Gallery
“Endings and Beginnings”
“From Here to There”