The Fine Arts Gallery at Southwestern University is located in the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. The Gallery is open Tuesday - Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 5 p.m. during the exhibition dates.


Allow Me: facing identity

East to West

Allow Me: facing identity, explores the complexities surrounding personal and social identity. This exhibition explores the ways artists investigate challenges of identity through attributes such as gender, sexuality, nationality, race and heritage. Whether through satirical possession of an individual’s culture or a sober examination of cultural stereotypes, generating conversation around an ever changing, fluid concept is not without difficulties. The way we perceive others and ourselves is persuaded by elements outside of our control (i.e. the information we are fed through media, technology, politics etc). This exhibition aims to celebrate the individual, accept the company, and take ownership of all the noise that makes us who we are.

So if you don’t mind… please, allow me.

– Ron Geibel, Curator


October 15 – November 14, 2017

October 15 – Opening Reception 5:00 – 7:00 pm



Solo mía, Featuring the work of Paloma Mayorga ’10

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Gallery features the solo work of artist Paloma Mayorga ’10. Solo mía (Only Mine) is a series of photographic self-portraits that deconstruct the rhetoric used to censor, consume and criticize the female body. Carefully arranged seeds, flowers, salt, hair and other discarded objects found in nature, interact with fragments of the artist’s body. Ms. Mayorga utilizes lipstick stains as war paint against gender-specific roles, and saliva and water as metaphors for rebirth. She aims to find a deeper connection between body and earth as a means to empower women to feel liberated and relish in their own forms of self-expression.


July 6 - September 25, 2016

Sarofim School of Fine Arts Gallery

Open Tuesday - Sunday,  Noon - 5 p.m.

FREE and Open to the Public 




April 12 – 27, 2016


Representing beginning through advanced art classes, the annual student art exhibition comprises work in the various approaches to art practice and all the mediums taught in the studio art department, including: drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, digital arts, photography, design and architecture and intermedia work.   There are works by art majors, art minors and non-majors in the exhibition, and the department celebrates their achievements with this comprehensive exhibition.  


Juried by the studio art and architecture faculty,  this exhibit privileges works by first-year through junior students, since the most advanced work represented in the senior art exhibitions has already been shown publicly in two-person exhibitions in the fine arts gallery. 



Midwest Matrix: Texas

An exhibition of innovative contemporary fine art prints

JANUARY 30 - FEBUARY 25, 2016


This exhibition of contemporary prints by over 20 artists celebrates the individual artist-professors who contributed significantly to the now-celebrated post-WWII printmaking revival in America, and their students who have spread the rigorous Midwest print traditions throughout the United States. The exhibition also includes the work of Texas artist/professors who studied in the major Midwest graduate programs and are developing print programs in universities and colleges throughout Texas. 

As part of the exhibition reception, Southwestern will screen Midwest Matrix®, a film documentary by Susan Goldman, which explores the rich tradition of fine art printmaking in the American Midwest.  The screening will be from 6 – 7 p.m., January 30 (during the exhibition reception) at the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas.  Ms. Goldman will be present to answer questions about the film.


 Susan Goldman, Flower Power III

Shore: Works by Brian Molanphy

September 24 - November 19, 2015


Opening Reception Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm





What Things May Come





Works by

Nina Katchadourian and Annette Lawrence


Nina Katchadourian
Dont Forget - from the Family Gathering series
digital c-print
12 x 19 in


Annette Lawrence 
Free Paper 1/06 - from the 13 piece series
paper and glue
1 29.75 x 25.75 x 2 in


The Fine Arts Gallery presents an exhibition “Contingent Objects: works by Nina Katchadourian and Annette Lawrence” which celebrates the centennial of Marcel Duchamp’s landmark artwork “Bottle Rack”, 1914. By recontextualizing found objects, these two artists’ works make reference to the challenging ideas inherent in Duchamp’s oeuvre.  
Nina Katchadourian’s “Family Gatherings” is a suite of photographs of book groupings from a family’s personal library.  After studying the character of the library collection, Katchadourian arranged selected books in horizontal stacks so their titles form clever sentences or ideas not necessarily related to the books’ contents.  Katchadourian’s work uses humor to reveal serious contemporaneous issues.
Annette Lawrence exhibits twelve dramatic wall sculptures titled “Free Paper”, which she constructed from catalogs received in her mail.  Working from her career-long engagement with art as idea, Lawrence dissects and displays the catalogs in stacks on shelves, with each sculpture presenting that month’s collection.  The sculptures illuminate many topics both intellectual and social, including environmental and commercial mass marketing problems.

The exhibition opens October 8 with a gallery talk by Ms. Lawrence at 4:30 p.m.  and continues through November 16.  All events in the Fine Arts Gallery are free and open to the public.


Prints by Tom Druecker

This exhibition was in connection with Brown Symposium XXXVI, HEALING, The Art and Science of Medicine, and will be on display in the AlmaThomas Courtyard Gallery March 6.

Tom Druecker is the co-director of Slugfest Printmaking Workshop, an independent printmaking studio that offers printmaking classes and space for cooperative and contract printing located in Austin,TX. He has recently retired from the University of Texas where he was a lecturer in Lithography at for 16 years.


Patricia Olynyk: Reconceived Bodies (In Three Parts) Spring 2014

Sensing Terrains Orb 1

February 6 - March 6 2014


The art exhibition Reconceived Bodies (In Three Parts) by Patricia Olynyk presents selections from three distinct groupings of work, which explore medical, scientific, technological, and symbolic representations of both human and non-human life.  These photographs, prints, and lightboxes investigate an array of themes that include: The Posthuman; Elective Biohancement and Cyborg Identity; The Gendering of Medical Knowledge; and The Body as Code. The exhibition is curated by Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and will be presented in the Fine Arts Gallery at Southwestern University. The opening reception is February 6 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. and the exhibition continues through March 6, 2014.