Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is located at the Department of Art, Augusta University, Washington Hall, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904

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Did a specific artwork resonate with you? The gallery is announcing a call for anyone to come in for a short video inter...
01/25/2021

Did a specific artwork resonate with you? The gallery is announcing a call for anyone to come in for a short video interview!

Interviews will be edited to pair with content from the exhibition and will be posted to the Mary S. Byrd Gallery accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Enter the gallery at any time between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday for a few minutes of your time. Come ready with your thoughts and words!

Special thanks to AU art student Brian Berry for being a good photograph model. 📷 #marysbyrdgallery #contemporaryart #contemporarysculpture #swarmmemorial

Written on our anonymous comment sheet located in the gallery, Swarm Memorial has received an insightful response, with ...
01/22/2021

Written on our anonymous comment sheet located in the gallery, Swarm Memorial has received an insightful response, with thoughts on our reliance on bees and a life without them. Transcribed below:

"The exhibit is deep and insightful.

The child rising out of the beehive, draped with a honeycomb seems to portray humanity's dependence on pollinators in general and honey bees in particular. Like Mother's Milk, the results of bees' efforts... pollination and honey... sustain life.

The mural of maize plants would appear to remind the viewer, because maize (and other edible grasses) are wind pollinated, without pollinators, we could still have bread to eat. Bread can sustain life, but biscuits without honey or cornbread without vegetables would make for bland meals."

If you have thoughts you want to share on a more permanent piece of paper for others to see, there are comment sheets on the white podium in the gallery space! We encourage bringing individual writing utensils, but a pencil and hand sanitizer are supplied on the podium. 😊

#swarmmemorial #pollinators #artgalleries #bees

01/15/2021
Artist Engagement with Allen Peterson

Augusta University Department of Art and Design Students along with members of community, residents of Atlanta and international connections of the artist were enlightened by our featured artist, Allen Peterson, whose exhibition "Swarm Memorial" is currently on show in the gallery through February 19th. If you missed Allen's talk this morning, please feel free to watch and listen the recording.

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's cover photo
01/11/2021

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's cover photo

01/11/2021
Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art and the Department of Art and Design, along with the other members of Augusta University, th...
01/05/2021

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art and the Department of Art and Design, along with the other members of Augusta University, the city of Augusta, and the art world, said good-bye to Philip Morsberger, Sunday, January 3rd. He is greatly missed.

Philp Morsberger served for five years as the William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art and held the title of Professor Emeritus with Augusta University’s Department of Art and Design. Renowned for his work and his career as an artist, Philip was also a beloved part of the Augusta community. Prior to his arrival in Augusta, he served as the Ruskin Master for The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (1971-1984) and taught at notable institutions such as Harvard University, Dartmouth College, UC Berkeley, the California College of Arts, and Miami University in Ohio. His work is collected and exhibited by many institutions and galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's cover photo
01/05/2021

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's cover photo

12/02/2020

2/3 #conversation @corrinasephora.metalartist #contemporaryart #metalartist #contemporarysculpture

Thank you, Dr. Tom Mack, Columnist, the Aiken Standard for the wonderful review of our Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art exhib...
11/20/2020
ARTS AND HUMANITIES: Mary Byrd gallery showcases contemporary art

Thank you, Dr. Tom Mack, Columnist, the Aiken Standard for the wonderful review of our Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art exhibition "Dreamscapes" by Corrina Sephora.
Corrina Sephora Art & Metalwork
https://www.postandcourier.com/aikenstandard/lifestyle/arts-and-humanities-mary-byrd-gallery-showcases-contemporary-art/article_0e3a1b8e-2948-11eb-b33d-43f32ccc3215.html

A welcome addition to the cultural life of the Central Savannah River Area has been the establishment of the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art on the Summerville campus of

Join us for the first of three Q & A's with Corrina Sephora Mensoff Wednesday, November 18.2nd Q&A: 12/23rd Q&A: 12/9
11/16/2020

Join us for the first of three Q & A's with Corrina Sephora Mensoff Wednesday, November 18.

2nd Q&A: 12/2
3rd Q&A: 12/9

Special thanks to this Birthday Lady, Corrina Sephora, for joining us today on Web-EX with professor Brian Rust and his ...
11/04/2020

Special thanks to this Birthday Lady, Corrina Sephora, for joining us today on Web-EX with professor Brian Rust and his students. A recording will be posted on November 5.

10/30/2020

Opening November 5 "Dreamscapes" by Corrina Sephora

Come see the show
10/28/2020

Come see the show

Coming to the November 5 ...

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10/28/2020

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Please join us Wednesday, November 4 at 11 a.m. on Web-Ex and get to know Corrina Sephora. Artist Engagement with Corrin...
10/21/2020

Please join us Wednesday, November 4 at 11 a.m. on Web-Ex and get to know Corrina Sephora.
Artist Engagement with Corrina Sephora
Hosted by Shannon Morris

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 11:00 am | 1 hour | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 120 064 9267
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Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's cover photo
10/19/2020

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's cover photo

We are pleased to announce "Dreamscapes" by Corrina Sephora, November 5 – December 11, 2020. "Dreamscapes" presents a se...
10/18/2020

We are pleased to announce "Dreamscapes" by Corrina Sephora, November 5 – December 11, 2020. "Dreamscapes" presents a selection of Corrina's drawings, metal works, and paintings featuring her symbolic images—ladders, boats, nets, water, and trees.

As we say goodbye to the engaging work featured in Johannes Barfield’s “Forever Yesterday,” Mary S. Byrd Gallery extends...
10/16/2020

As we say goodbye to the engaging work featured in Johannes Barfield’s “Forever Yesterday,” Mary S. Byrd Gallery extends sincere congratulations 🎉 to the him for his receipt of VCU Alumni award 🥇 #winner #contemporaryartist

09/17/2020
Artist Engagement with Johannes Barfield

Enjoy watching our students virtual engagement with artist Johannes Barfield yesterday and learn more about his work currently on show through October 16.

Join us today at 1 p.m. for a virtual artist's talk with Johannes Barfield who will discuss his exhibition Forever Yeste...
09/16/2020

Join us today at 1 p.m. for a virtual artist's talk with Johannes Barfield who will discuss his exhibition Forever Yesterday, opening tomorrow.
Virtual Engagement with Artist Johannes Barfield
Hosted by Shannon Morris

Meeting number: 120 309 8608
Password: CnT6Fv3HuU4 (26863834 from phones and video systems)
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You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

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Access code: 120 309 8608

Please join us on Wednesday, September 16th at 1 p.m. for a Virtual Engagement with Artist Johannes BarfieldWednesday, S...
09/14/2020
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Please join us on Wednesday, September 16th at 1 p.m. for a Virtual Engagement with Artist Johannes Barfield
Wednesday, Sept 16, 2020 1:00 pm | 1 hour | Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Meeting number: 120 309 8608
Password: CnT6Fv3HuU4 (26863834 from phones and video systems)
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Johannes Barfield's "Forever Yesterday" premieres at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery, September 17th. Inside the gallery, our s...
09/08/2020

Johannes Barfield's "Forever Yesterday" premieres at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery, September 17th. Inside the gallery, our students will gain insight into the artwork through the writings of our guest essayist Amber Esseiva, Associate Curator for the Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Thank you, Amber!

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art reopens its doors on September 17th, offering Augusta University students opportunities to e...
09/02/2020

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art reopens its doors on September 17th, offering Augusta University students opportunities to engage with relevant and contemporary artworks. This season opens with the installation "Forever Yesterday" created for the Byrd Gallery by Johannes Barfield.

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's cover photo
09/02/2020

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's cover photo

Thank you, C. Flux Sing for speaking to our students today. Your discussion was inspiring and real.
08/28/2020

Thank you, C. Flux Sing for speaking to our students today. Your discussion was inspiring and real.

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art invites all students taking courses with the Department of Art and Design to join us on Frid...
08/24/2020

Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art invites all students taking courses with the Department of Art and Design to join us on Friday, 2/28 11 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. to view C. Flux Sing who will be discussing the progression of his professional career to senior Graphic Design class. Ask your professor for a link!

Our students will soon be enjoying our artist's led programs once again! Although some things may look different this fa...
08/17/2020

Our students will soon be enjoying our artist's led programs once again! Although some things may look different this fall, we will still over relevant and engaging opportunities for our students to interact with artists such as C. Flux Sing- graphic designer, illustrator, and painter whose work presents a lively display within on the campus of the Georgia Cyber Center.

The Augusta Cultural Arts Consortium is still gifting funds to artists living within the CSRA who lost opportunities due...
06/10/2020

The Augusta Cultural Arts Consortium is still gifting funds to artists living within the CSRA who lost opportunities due to Covid19 cancellations.
All applications submitted prior to 2:00 pm each Wednesday will be reviewed the following day. If approved, a check will be issued to the artist that Friday.
The Artist Emergency Relief Fund is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the CSRA and The United Way of the CSRA. The Fund is overseen by the Augusta Cultural Arts Consortium, a consortium of local arts non-profits: Augusta University Department of Art & Design, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Greater Augusta Arts Council, Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, The Augusta Players, The Morris Museum of Art and Westobou.

https://augustaarts.wufoo.com/forms/z15cvnv81nb63fs/

The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to be part of the Augusta Cultural Arts Consortium. The Consortium is at the ...
05/29/2020

The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to be part of the Augusta Cultural Arts Consortium. The Consortium is at the end of the second week of funding and has granted approximately $24K to 54 artists working in the CRSA. Please continue to help spread the word and apply for funds lost due to Covid-19 cancellations.
https://augustaarts.wufoo.com/forms/z15cvnv81nb63fs/

The Community Foundation of the CSRA has awarded the consortium a COVID-19 Emergency Grant in the amount of $50,000 to s...
05/18/2020

The Community Foundation of the CSRA has awarded the consortium a COVID-19 Emergency Grant in the amount of $50,000 to support local ‘gig-artists’ or contract artists who have suffered financial setbacks due to the Coronavirus quarantine. Apply here: https://augustaarts.wufoo.com/forms/z15cvnv81nb63fs/

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications submitted prior to 2:00 pm each Wednesday will be reviewed the following day. If approved, a check will be issued that Friday.
The Artist Relief Fund is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the CSRA and The United Way of the CSRA. The Fund is overseen by the Augusta Cultural Arts Consortium, a consortium of local arts non-profits: Augusta University Department of Art & Design, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Greater Augusta Arts Council, Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, The Augusta Players, The Morris Museum of Art and Westobou.

The Byrd Gallery's year in review is full of talented artists with dynamic skills and experiences! Here are some of the ...
05/06/2020

The Byrd Gallery's year in review is full of talented artists with dynamic skills and experiences! Here are some of the 2019-2020 highlights.
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Unexpected Places
Curated by Matt Porter, this exhibit featured four artists, including Y. Malik Jalal, Anna Spence, Emily Wang, and Ryan Parks.
Image #1: Long Pan, Red Rice. Y. Malik Jalal. Mixed Media, oil on canvas.
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Phygital Muse
This solo show featuring Bojana Ginn was made possible by the 2018 Ellsworth Kelly Award received from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Image #2: SOLAR VEINS. Bojana Ginn. 2019. Sheep’s wool, paper, LED lights.
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2020 Faculty Biennial
The 2020 Faculty Exhibit showcased the expertise and creative endeavors of the Augusta University Department of Art faculty.
Image #3: Out of History, Series #6. Brian Rust. Ceramic.
Image #4: Dreams. Janice Williams Whiting. Mixed Media.
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2020 Juried Student Art Show
Juried by art consultant Molly McDowell, the student art exhibited in this show was selected as the best of the best.
Image #5: Johnny's Fiddle. Angel Moreno. 2019. Cardboard, wood glue, spray paint.
Image #6: Button Thief. Mary Besel. 2019. Apoxie sculpt, acrylic paint, faux hair, leather, buttons, faux moss, felt.
Image #7: Samhain Saint. Ashton Maya Pawl. 2019. Gold ink, black ink, pencil on watercolor paper.
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2020 Senior Exhibition on Instagram
In order to adapt to exhibition changes required by Covid-19, the capstone class led by professor Raoul Pacheco designed their senior projects to be presented on the Byrd's Instagram.
Image #8: Shell Mass. Ellen Griffin. 2019. Ceramic sculpture.
Image #9: Georgia Cotton. Jamie Boquist. 2020. Digital.

Address

2500 Walton Way
Augusta, GA
30904

General information

Directions: Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is located at the ground floor of a building called Washington Hall at Augusta University Summerville Campus, at 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904. When you enter through the main gate you arrive at a round-about, do almost a full turn around, and then turn to the right (a sign says Washington Hall). The road will turn slightly to the right and you will see a medium height brick building with a fortress jagged roof-line on your left side. This is Washington Hall. The entry that leads to the gallery is the one you see first as you approach the building.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(706) 667-4888

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Our Mission

The mission of Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is to explore and exhibit contemporary visual art and research in all media produced by the most distinguished and relevant contemporary artists today. As such, it aims to serve as a component in enhancing the university’s culture of creativity, innovation, and excellence. Through the direct experience of art, students discover how art is the foremost vehicle to foster the self-discovery, problem solving, and collaborative skills needed by leaders in the world of today. Looking beyond the aesthetic functions of art, the vibrant exhibition program aims to examine the cultural, social, political or economic context that informs the work on display. An active visiting artists program complements the exhibits allowing students and visitors to engage with distinguished visiting artists, critics and thinkers. The gallery acts as an important link between the Department of Art and Design and the university community (students, scientists, faculty, alumni, patrons), the regional and national arts community and the general public.

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