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School of Visual Art and Design

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Dive into the world of contemporary art! View exhibitions by award-winning visiting artists and SVAD students and faculty. Make plans to join our year-round opening receptions and artist talks, which are free and open to the public. 

McMaster Gallery

McMaster Gallery is dedicated to promoting visual art as a tool and a channel for education within the university and the community. The gallery hosts rotating exhibitions and programming that examine cultural and social contexts, challenge contemporary perceptions of art making, and provide a framework for intellectual and creative inquiry. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends and all university holidays.


Passage Gallery

The Passage Gallery is a student exhibition space in the School of Visual Art & Design. The gallery is student-run and organized, and hosts a full schedule of exhibitions each semester, from curated group shows to individual B.F.A. thesis shows. Students are encouraged to experiment with exhibition design and installation, and to use the Passage Gallery as a laboratory for developing new ideas. 


SVAD Studio at Stormwater Studios

The SVAD Studio is where bright thoughts and ideas are communicated to students and visitors during workshops, exhibitions, and talks. Through the SVAD Studio, we host student programming and exhibitions, and an Artist Residency Program to give participants the necessary space to pursue new concepts and designs. The SVAD Studio connects our students and visitors to the professional artists who work in the 10 other studios. 


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.