Hampden Gallery is a program of the Fine Arts Center located in the Southwest Residential Area at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Hampden Gallery has a reputation as a launching pad for emerging artists working in all disciplines. Its active programming schedule runs throughout the academic year and features solo, group, and thesis exhibitions which are enhanced through opening receptions, artist talks, and workshops.
Hampden Gallery, located in the heart of the Southwest Residential Area, has 14-foot high ceilings and a 32-foot running wall of glass that looks out to the pedestrian thoroughfare of the most populated residential area on campus. This unique architectural feature allows students and visitors a 24-hour view into an ongoing roster of intriguing new works by up and coming artists.
The Hampden Gallery Lobby houses two unique venues that underscore the laboratory aspects of the gallery and that allow for the introduction of new works in the public arena.
The Incubator Project Space is an intimately-scaled venue well suited to showing electronic media works and site specific installations.
Hampden Gallery's mission is to facilitate understanding and participation in the ongoing cultural dialogue through the presentation of visual art exhibitions and through the implementation of in-depth adjunct programming. The main focus of this programming is on new work by emerging artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, video and new media. Hampden Gallery recognizes the importance of its viewing audience and is continually attracting new viewers to its audience base through vibrant programming, artists in residence events, lectures, slide presentations, life drawing, workshops, gallery talks and receptions.
In addition to its ongoing exhibitions in the gallery spaces, Hampden Gallery also develops concept driven exhibitions which do not rely on the physical space of the gallery. More and more artists are recognizing the need to bring their work to new audiences by breaking through the notions of what "gallery" means. Through ongoing relationships with artists across the country and internationally, Hampden Gallery will be implementing exhibitions outside of its physical venue, thus keeping in step with contemporary practice while broadening the scope and reach of the Galleries' programming.
N.E.x.T . New Exhibition Trends
A two part approach to providing opportunities to artists transitioning from student to career status. N.E.x.T also connects audiences with new exhibition practices and trends.
T.E.A.C.H. Art Exhibition Program
Teachers Exhibiting at Hampden
Working with representatives from the UMASS Art Department and other institutions, Hampden Gallery provides exhibition and curating opportunities for Certified Massachusetts Art Teachers (K through 12) who in some cases are alumni and who may also be continuing their professional development at the University of Massachusetts, This program provides professional development opportunities to alumni artists and builds a bridge from the University to often under-served communities.
September 13 - October 9, 2015