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Exhibits at the Doris Ulmann Galleries

06sep8:00 am5:00 pmExhibits at the Doris Ulmann GalleriesExhibits rotate throughout the year, come view the current displays!

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The Doris Ulmann Galleries are open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays. The galleries will assume the same closures as the Berea College Campus. Please see the academic calendar at for the full list of holiday closures.

All Peoples of the Earth: Selections from the Berea College Art Collection opened August 30, 2023 and will conclude May 1, 2024. Visual art and material culture – the things that people design with intention, creativity, and technical skill – have for ages provided insight into our belief systems and social customs, our long-held traditions and day-to-day lives, and how we see ourselves, and one another, as individuals. By closely considering the items that people make, wear, use, and value, we can learn something deeper about our shared humanity.

ABSTRACTION / PATTERN / GEOMETRY / DESIGN opened September 6th, 2023 and will conclude March 13, 2024. Featuring works from the Berea College Art Collection, this exhibition features a curated selection of over 60 artworks that showcase how artists and makers utilizing different styles, methods, places, and time periods have relied on and experimented with abstraction, pattern, geometry, and design in their work, to different ends and for varying purposes. This exhibition will run through mid-March in the Masterpiece Gallery.

Intimacy: Photographs from the Collection of Joseph Goins opened November 1, 2023 and will conclude December 6, 2023. The black and white photographs featured in this exhibition present images of intimacy, examining the spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and experiential aspects of this essential component of the human experience. A gesture, a touch, bodies leaning into one another; a white sun above the Pacific Ocean; a nude self-portrait hidden in the branches of a tree… how is intimacy revealed? Featuring works from the early twentieth century through the present, Goins’ collection invites a deep questioning into our humanity and our being.

Sketch: Contemporary Artists in Conversation with Emily Grace Hanks opened October 25, 2023 and will conclude December 6, 2023. The Berea College Art Collection is home to over 250 artworks by Emily Grace Hanks (American, 1886-1962), an artist, educator, and inventor who specialized in observational drawing, painting, and illustration. Though Hanks or her work isn’t well-known today, her career was extremely multifaceted and provides an excellent case study of the pathways that were available to aspiring women artists during this era. In the summer of 2023, Sara Olshansky and Esther Sitver, two artists from the region who also specialize in observational modes of drawing and painting, were invited to the Doris Ulmann Galleries as part of an extended artist residency. Working alongside the Galleries team, Olsansky and Sitver studied Hanks’ work and archival materials housed in the BCAC and created a series of artworks in response to what they found. The resulting artworks – and the exhibition as a whole – explore the connections that can be made between artists across time and raise questions about what it means to leave an artistic “legacy.” What can we find when we look to the past? What can an archive reveal… and what does it leave obscured? And how can we fill in the gaps?



September 6, 2023 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT


Doris Ulmann Galleries

Chestnut St & Elipse St, Berea, KY 40403

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