The Gatewood Gallery of UNCG curates and maintains a 1500 square foot exhibition space located in the Maude Gatewood Studio Arts Building on Highland Avenue. The spacious gallery has 12-foot high exhibition walls and a 30-foot long glass front that faces the entrance and grand foyer of the Gatewood Building.
The Gallery hosts ten exhibitions per year. It exhibits local, national, and international artists and features work by faculty, visiting faculty/artists, and students. As a crucial extension of the Department of Art’s educational mission, the exhibitions reflect the diversity of art making practices in the contemporary art world: time-honored and contemporary/technological media and ideas that develop the students’ basic skills and raise their awareness of art historical and theoretical issues.
The Gallery offers art students a microcosm of the professional art world, providing them with opportunities to effectively exhibit their work. Moreover, the Gallery each year hires three to four student interns and assistants who gain experience in the museum/exhibition field as art handlers and registrars.
Ultimately, the Gatewood Gallery gives the University community and the public direct access to contemporary artists’ work and often the artists themselves. The Department’s Falk Visiting Artists and Semester-Long Visiting Artists/Faculty not only exhibit in the Gatewood Gallery but also give public lectures and gallery talks about their work; resulting in the most direct and meaningful connection to the artists’ ideas and processes.