Lower Art Gallery - B45 CFA

"Great Expectations: Western New York Regional High School Art Exhibition" - Lower Art Gallery Exhibition, Feb. 2024.

"Great Expectations: Western New York Regional High School Art Exhibition" - Lower Art Gallery Exhibition, Feb. 2024

The Department of Art’s Lower Art Gallery, located in B45 Center for the Arts, is dedicated to showing Art student and alumnus works, as well as regional, national, and international works.

The Lower Gallery at times offers opportunities to graduate students to curate a distinctive show. In the past these exhibitions have included the works of the Guerrilla Girls, Regina José Galindo, Future Death Toll, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Clement Valla among others, and themes have ranged from politics, biology, religion, racism and science. Guest-curated exhibition request may be received by the Art Resource Manager. See contact below.

Current Exhibition

Black text on a peachy pink background.

In the Department of Art Lower Gallery, Room B45 of the Center for the Arts.

Featuring work by:

Abby Short, Tessa Bradley, Marianne Goorbaran, Jessica Baker, Avani Bodden, Xinwen Li, Kylie Naylor, Isabelle Santos, Yihong Lin

This exhibition has been organized by Ilona Gaynor, Professor for the BFA Senior Thesis class this year.

Spring 2024 Exhibition Schedule

Great Expectations: Western New York Regional High School Art Exhibition

Evelyn Rumsey Lord Travel Award: Competition Exhibition

  • Show Dates: Tues. 2/27 through Sat. 3/30/2024
  • Reception: Th. 3/7/24, 5-7PM
  • Featuring work by the 2023 Winners, Avani Bodden and Micky Pearson, and 2024 Award Applicants.
  • Participating students, application information Part I, Part II

Department of Art's BFA Senior Thesis group exhibition

  • Show Dates: Mid-April through Mid-May, exact dates TBD
  • Reception: TBD

Recent Exhibitions

Exhibition poster for the Evelyn Rumsey Lord Travel Award, with text on a painted canvas background. The paint is blue, pink, yellow and orange swaths.

For more information on the Evelyn Rumsey Lord Award, see here.

Wooden sclupture by Frederick Wright Jones, depicting 3 world leader caricatures on top of a wooden mechanical base.

Try Harder was on display from Th. 8/31/23 to Sun. 1/7/24.

Th. 8/31/23, 5-8PM for the opening reception of Try Harder, a solo exhibition of Frederick Wright Jones, a 2010 MFA alumni of the UB Department of Art.

The reception took place in the Department of Art's Lower Gallery, in room B45 of the Center for the Arts on UB North Campus, in the space where this exhibition was installed.

This work, compiled over the last 6 years, is an homage to location in Place and Time. Playing off Mikhail Bakhtin’s idea of the Chronotope in Literature. Jones places sculpture, as language, into conversation with this linguistic tool to speak about our current condition. In this work Jones does a personal analysis of navigation in general, moving across the Atlantic, being both with his family and apart from them, the role of teaching, and the issues of access highlighted by the Covid 19 pandemic. Aesthetically, it is a look at mapping, technological evolutions, tools of violence and survival, and the nuance of visibility and invisibility. Jones contrasts the notion of the “Ritual and the Sacred” and their location between private and public as they travel through Walter Benjamin’s “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” into bell hook’s “Art on my Mind.”

Frederick Wright Jones presented for the Department's Visiting Artist Speaker Series, on Mon. 9/11/23, at 6:30PM in CFA 112 (the Center for the Arts Screening Room). The series is open to the public, with seating first come first serve after students registered in the Speaker Series course have been seated.

Gallery Info


  • Mondays: 10AM-7PM
  • Tuesdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Wednesdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Thursdays: 10AM-7PM
  • Fridays: 10AM-7PM
  • Saturdays: 2PM-7PM
  • Sundays: CLOSED

The above hours are dependent on the continued availability of our student worker gallery attendants. If you arrive at the Lower Gallery during advertised open hours and it is not open, please visit the Dept. Office in CFA 202, or the Art Resource Manager in CFA 129.

Appointments may be requested by writing to whitneyk@buffalo.edu.


B45 Center for the Arts 
University at Buffalo, North Campus 
Buffalo, NY 14260

Floor Plans


The University at Buffalo strives to create an environment in which diverse opinions can be peacefully expressed and heard, regardless of whether others may disagree with those expressions.

- Department of Art Lower Art Gallery


Past Exhibitions