University Museum of Contemporary Art

University Museum of Contemporary Art The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) is the teaching museum of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and part of the Fine Arts Center. Temporarily closed due to COVID 19.
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The University Museum of Contemporary Art - the teaching museum of the University Massachusetts Amherst – is a multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art from the second half of the 20th century to present. Through exhibitions, a permanent collection, educational programming, and a visiting artists program, the University Museum of Contemporary Art acts as a forum where renowned and emerging artists can test ideas and where diverse audiences can participate in cultural experiences that enhance understanding of the art of our time. In its programming, the UMCA balances a commitment to experimentation with a mandate to serve as a dynamic teaching and learning resource, affirming the University’s dedication to education, research, and community service. We are the only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art between Boston and the Berkshires. All our exhibitions and events are free!

“I wear a mask covered in hearts to try to make someone smile and to show others that I am in this for the good of all o...
07/13/2020

“I wear a mask covered in hearts to try to make someone smile and to show others that I am in this for the good of all of us."
-- Amanda Herman, UMCA Education Curator

If you have made a mask that you would like us to feature, please send an email to the address in our "About" section.

(Image description: Amanda is pictured wearing a black mask adorned with red felt hearts, with a red scarf around her neck.)

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Thanks to Steve Pfarrer from the Daily Hampshire Gazette for sharing more about our upcoming NEA grant-funded residency ...
06/12/2020
UMass Amherst museum receives $25K grant to host residency and exhibit by renowned artist

Thanks to Steve Pfarrer from the Daily Hampshire Gazette for sharing more about our upcoming NEA grant-funded residency with Allison Janae Hamilton!

AMHERST — The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to host a residency and exhibit by Allison Janae Hamilton, a celebrated...

This week the National Endowment for the Arts announced a second round of grant awards this fiscal year, including an Ar...
06/11/2020
University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst to Receive $25,000 NEA Art Works Grant

This week the National Endowment for the Arts announced a second round of grant awards this fiscal year, including an Art Works award of $25,000 to the UMCA in support of a 2021-2022 Artist Residency with acclaimed New York-based artist Allison Janae Hamilton (www.allisonjanaehamilton.com).

National Endowment for the Arts has announced the Univesity Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) is the recipient of an Art Works award of $25,000 in support of a 2021-22 Artist Residency with acclaimed New York-based artist Allison Janae Hamilton.

Read and support Our Renewed Commitment to Justice and Equality. Link in bio.
06/05/2020

Read and support Our Renewed Commitment to Justice and Equality. Link in bio.

Read and support the UMass Fine Arts Center Renewed Commitment to Justice and Equality: https://bit.ly/2MqKITA
06/04/2020

Read and support the UMass Fine Arts Center Renewed Commitment to Justice and Equality: https://bit.ly/2MqKITA

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06/02/2020

Timeline Photos

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06/01/2020

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Watch a video about Avital Sagalyn. On our homepage, look for A conversation with Hugh Davies about the Art of Avital Sa...
05/26/2020

Watch a video about Avital Sagalyn. On our homepage, look for A conversation with Hugh Davies about the Art of Avital Sagalyn. Link in bio. @avitalsagalyn

May 22           Recent Acquisitions to our Permanent Collection / Xylor Jane drawings Two drawings by Xylor Jane have r...
05/22/2020

May 22
Recent Acquisitions to our Permanent Collection / Xylor Jane drawings

Two drawings by Xylor Jane have recently joined our collection, and Collection Manager has a new essay about them. Visit the ​UMCA Permanent Collection​ page to read more. @ UMass Amherst

We miss welcoming students to the museum.
05/18/2020

We miss welcoming students to the museum.

We are remembering Avital Sagalyn and her retrospective exhibition of fall 2019. May her memory be a blessing, and may h...
05/15/2020

We are remembering Avital Sagalyn and her retrospective exhibition of fall 2019. May her memory be a blessing, and may her art bring joy to many.

We are saddened to note the passing of Avital Sagalyn. The UMCA was proud to host her first-ever museum exhibition in th...
05/12/2020

We are saddened to note the passing of Avital Sagalyn. The UMCA was proud to host her first-ever museum exhibition in the fall of 2019, and our staff became friendly with Avital and her family. Our love and condolences go to Michelle, Adine, and Dan Sagalyn, and their entire family. Avital, a longtime Amherst resident, died peacefully at home with her family around her.
This photo, taken at the exhibition opening in October, shows Avital with UMass Art History students Natalie Richards (’20), Elizabeth Filshtinsky (’19), and Nicholas Fernacz (’20), who co-curated the exhibition “Avital Sagalyn: A Life of Exploration.” Photos by Ben Barnhart.

Celebrate!  And wash your hands.
05/08/2020

Celebrate! And wash your hands.

Special appreciation goes to our Social Media maven Caeli Chesin. You have done a wonderful job bringing our story to ou...
05/06/2020

Special appreciation goes to our Social Media maven Caeli Chesin. You have done a wonderful job bringing our story to our social media audience!

Congratulations, Class of 2020! We wish you all the very best.

Congratulations and thank you to our student workers!Everyone left campus so abruptly that we didn’t have a chance to sa...
05/05/2020

Congratulations and thank you to our student workers!
Everyone left campus so abruptly that we didn’t have a chance to say goodbye properly. And now some of you are graduating!
We thank all of our Visitor Attendants for helping us bring world-class exhibitions to the UMass community -- Aleksy, Angela, Carly, Elsi, Helen, Kamal, Megan, Hussein, Grace, Olivia, Payton, Sara A., Sara M., and Sharif. In addition, we offer congratulations to graduating Seniors Andrea, Caeli, Kelly, Michelle, and Parawat.
Thank you to Interns Natalie Richards, Isabel Ruiz, and Phoebe Strobino, and Graduate Project Assistant Hannah Duggan for your skillful assistance to the collection management team.
We are so proud that you have been part of our team. 🎓
#MuseumGraduates #UMCA #museumbouquet #museumfromhome

Amherst Arts Night Plus hosted its first virtual art walk earlier this month, courtesy of Amherst Media. The program “Pi...
05/04/2020

Amherst Arts Night Plus hosted its first virtual art walk earlier this month, courtesy of Amherst Media. The program “Pictures at an Exhibition” aired on Ch.15. You can stream from the comfort of your couch any time on the Amherst Media website. The next virtual art walk will take place on Thursday, May 7. Stay tuned for more details. “Pictures at an Exhibition” was made possible with the assistance of a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #ArtIsJoy #virtualartwalk #AmherstMedia 🎞

May is here, and so is our very happy #FeatureFriday! To celebrate warmer weather and the end of the UMass semester, enj...
05/01/2020

May is here, and so is our very happy #FeatureFriday! To celebrate warmer weather and the end of the UMass semester, enjoy this 1976 photograph “University of Massachusetts Amherst and Hadley Cows” by Elaine Mayes.
#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #ArtIsJoy #FeatureFriday
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As the weather gets warmer and we venture outdoors, there have been some beautiful natural sightings in uncommon places....
05/01/2020

As the weather gets warmer and we venture outdoors, there have been some beautiful natural sightings in uncommon places. This week’s #ArtIsJoy highlights the falcons whose nest box sits atop the UMass W.E.B Du Bois Library. The falcon pair has two eggs this year. Follow their progress on the Falcon Cam, https://www.library.umass.edu/falcons/.

#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #ArtIsJoy #Falcons
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Discover the UMCA permanent collection! As the work of the UMCA has shifted from our physical space to a variety of virt...
04/30/2020

Discover the UMCA permanent collection! As the work of the UMCA has shifted from our physical space to a variety of virtual spaces, we want to invite you to enter the world of the Manager of the UMCA Permanent Collection, Jennifer Lind. Jenny will be sharing highlights and treasures from our Collection, as we all do our best to stay safe and healthy at home. We hope you enjoy these glimpses into our Collection of nearly 4000 works of art and become curious about what’s tucked away in our darkened store rooms.

“I chose this first photograph because William Wegman is patently humorous (and he was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts.) My choice is also a little homage to the furry, feathery and scaly friends we spend so much time with these days.” -- Jennifer Lind

View our collection at http://museums.fivecolleges.edu/ -- and stay in touch with our updates on social media!

#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #PermanentCollection

04/29/2020
Happy National Poetry Month!

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we have made our planned Poetry Night -- virtual. Poetry Night at the Museum had been organized by UMCA Student Intern Emily Adji with help from Amanda Oliveira.
Here UMass theater student Leslie Fields ('21, BDIC: Narrative Studies) reads “the blue room,” a poem by Caterina de Rege, inspired by the Roni Horn photograph included here. View the entire collection on our website. 🖼: Roni Horn, Pi, 1997-98 (detail). Forty-five Iris-printed photographs on Sommerset satin paper, framed. All artwork © Roni Horn. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Explore an online exhibition curated by Easthampton artist Kim Carlino! “We ask art to do a lot for us: stimulate though...
04/28/2020

Explore an online exhibition curated by Easthampton artist Kim Carlino!

“We ask art to do a lot for us: stimulate thought, elicit conversation, and evoke connection and emotion. What can abstraction do for us in the 21st century? Why does its elusive and ambiguous nature continue to endure and make a resurgence in the contemporary art world today?” (Kim Carlino)

Carlino’s exhibition, “Circles, Triangles, and Squares: Revisiting Abstraction,” uses form, line, and color as tools to strip away the meaningless and irrelevant to get the essential.

Check out the full exhibition at http://www.umass.edu/umca/online_exhibitions/2011_11_19_carlino/circles_triangles_squares_text.html.

#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #KimCarlino #AbstractArt

The end of the year is almost here! With finals coming up, find some time to unwind. #ThisWeek at the UMCA, discover our...
04/27/2020

The end of the year is almost here! With finals coming up, find some time to unwind. #ThisWeek at the UMCA, discover our Online Project Space, a showcase for a variety of Art History classes. You can also visit the online exhibition “Circles, Triangles and Squares: Revisiting Abstraction,” curated by Kim Carlino. Find both exciting features on the UMCA website.
#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #SCERF
(🖼: Papo Colo “Ecstasy,” Le Gamin’s “Boy With A Dog,” and Sean Green’s “Light Fraction.”

The UMass Fine Arts Center will host a Facebook Live with the Monkey Baa Theatre Company who will read Diary of a Wombat...
04/24/2020

The UMass Fine Arts Center will host a Facebook Live with the Monkey Baa Theatre Company who will read Diary of a Wombat! The theater company will be joining us all the way from Australia for live engagement on Facebook.

Company Director Eva Di Cesare will share a bedtime reading of Diary of a Wombat along with some storytelling about the company and their connection to the book’s author Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whately. There will even be an opportunity at the end to field some questions from the audience.

You don't want to miss it! Tune in Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. ET at the UMass Fine Arts Center page. #museumfromhome #artisjoy #UMCA #CreateArt #DigitalExclusive

Discover the UMCA Online Project Space! As a showcase for a variety of Art History classes, it provides a platform for s...
04/23/2020

Discover the UMCA Online Project Space! As a showcase for a variety of Art History classes, it provides a platform for student essays, virtual exhibitions with interactive content, research results, intellectual inquiry, and collaboration with other institutions. The digital exhibition offers access to global collections and intellectual collaboration: https://fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=UCOnlineProjectSpace&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=
#ArtIsJoy #museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #CreateArt
🖼 (Chuck Close’s “Self Portrait, Maquette, Michael B. Mazur “Reclining Nude in Studio,” and derail of “Dis/playing Dis/ability”.)

Help UMass students in need with the MinuteFund’s Student Care and Emergency Response Fund (SCERF). This is a very tough...
04/21/2020

Help UMass students in need with the MinuteFund’s Student Care and Emergency Response Fund (SCERF). This is a very tough time for many UMass students. Even when financial aid covers tuition expenses, students are often left to cover the cost of other necessities. Many students work to cover living expenses, but living on a tight budget or encountering unforeseen expenses can threaten their ability to remain in school and graduate. Plus, many students are currently seeing a loss of income due to the pandemic. This situation may push students into economically precarious circumstances and many students will be forced to make difficult choices that could derail their student goals of earning a university degree. Anyone wishing to support students who may need financial assistance to weather these changes may do so through https://minutefund.umass.edu/project/20457.
#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #SCERF

Friday, April 17Happy #FeatureFriday! Also #HappyNationalPoetryMonth! Today the UMCA is highlighting Joan Snyder’s 1985 ...
04/17/2020

Friday, April 17
Happy #FeatureFriday! Also #HappyNationalPoetryMonth! Today the UMCA is highlighting Joan Snyder’s 1985 print “Can We Turn Our Rage To Poetry?” Can you?

#ArtIsJoy #museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #CreateArt

#ArtIsJoy This week we are highlighting Smith College’s Bulb Show that was cancelled this year. See the show yourself at...
04/16/2020

#ArtIsJoy This week we are highlighting Smith College’s Bulb Show that was cancelled this year. See the show yourself at their Botanic Garden YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCj8QvpjSCw&feature=youtu.be
#museumbouquet #ArtIsJoy #museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome

The UMCA staff has a message for you! We hope all of you are well and staying healthy. While the Museum is temporarily c...
04/16/2020

The UMCA staff has a message for you! We hope all of you are well and staying healthy. While the Museum is temporarily closed, we will use our e-newsletters, website, and social media as platforms for reimagined engagement with art. We will share some of our favorite artworks, programs, and artist profiles for your enjoyment at home. Stay tuned for highlights delivered to your inbox. Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook! We are also busy planning exciting exhibitions for fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. It helps to look ahead. 🎨 🖼

The UMCA staff, like many of you, has been conducting meetings via Zoom. Thank you for being a part of the UMCA community!  We look forward to seeing you again, in person, soon. Until then, stay safe and healthy.

What did previous decades tell us about our current one? What about their time did these artists most want to communicat...
04/14/2020

What did previous decades tell us about our current one? What about their time did these artists most want to communicate to future audiences? This upcoming Fall, the UMCA will present our thirteenth annual curatorial fellowship exhibition, “Artifacts at the End of a Decade.” The exhibition provides space to consider the past from the vantage point of a collaborative work of cultural reflection and invites the audience to examine the meaning of these works as they look back over 40 years of history. This is the first time “Artifacts at the End of a Decade” has been exhibited in its entirety at the UMCA since 1989. (📸:Jill and Jessica with Eva and Jenny, working on a plan for their “Artifacts at the End of a Decade Exhibition” pre-quarantine)
#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #ArtifactsAtTheEndOfADecade #MuseumExhibition #UMCA #UMCAFromHome #WhyILoveMuseums

Help UMass students in need with the MinuteFund’s Student Care and Emergency Response Fund (SCERF). This is a very tough...
04/13/2020

Help UMass students in need with the MinuteFund’s Student Care and Emergency Response Fund (SCERF). This is a very tough time for many UMass students. Even when financial aid covers tuition expenses, students are often left to cover the cost of other necessities. Many students work to cover living expenses, but living on a tight budget or encountering unforeseen expenses can threaten their ability to remain in school and graduate. Plus, many students are currently seeing a loss of income due to the pandemic. This situation may push students into economically precarious circumstances and many students will be forced to make difficult choices that could derail their student goals of earning a university degree. Anyone wishing to support students who may need financial assistance to weather these changes may do so through https://minutefund.umass.edu/project/20457.
#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome #SCERF

Happy #FeatureFriday! As the weather gets warmer, we hope everyone is enjoying time outside. “On the Road from Artifacts...
04/10/2020

Happy #FeatureFriday! As the weather gets warmer, we hope everyone is enjoying time outside. “On the Road from Artifacts at the End of a Decade” is a 1980 collage by the makers Visual Energy (April Greiman and Jayme Odgers). How do you imagine your “on the road” trip?
#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #ArtsExtensionService #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome

This week’s UMCA’s #ArtIsJoy is contributing to #museumbouquet by sending flowers in solidarity to all the other museums...
04/09/2020

This week’s UMCA’s #ArtIsJoy is contributing to #museumbouquet by sending flowers in solidarity to all the other museums in the Valley! The images selected are from the UMCA’s collection.

🎨 : (from left to right) Peter Paone’s “The Letter,” Lisa Yuskavage’s “Night Flowers from the Exit Art portfolio Exit 99,” and Polly Apfelbaum’s “Tough Love”.

Use the hashtag #ArtIsJoy to let us know what art devices you have been utilizing or creating during this social distancing period!

While the UMCA is closed, there are still opportunities to engage with our art through virtual exhibitions. Visit our ex...
04/08/2020

While the UMCA is closed, there are still opportunities to engage with our art through virtual exhibitions. Visit our exhibition of artists’ prints from the UMCA Exit Art Portfolio Collection. Exit Art was a non-profit art center in New York City whose mission was to provide a space for sharing the work of marginalized and under-represented artists, and help introduce those artists into the art world. The UMCA received a donation of eight Exit Art portfolios. Check them out here: http://www.umass.edu/umca/online_exhibitions/2014makingTheirMark
(🖼: from left to right is Leon Golub’s “Why Me?”, Bruce High Quality Foundation’s “Sometimes I want to kill the president,” and Nari Ward’s “Lorraine.”
#museumfromhome #MuseSocial #UMCA #WhyILoveMuseums #ArtsExtensionService #MuseumExhibition #ArtCanHelp #UMCAFromHome

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UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Dr
Amherst, MA
01003

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:30
Thursday 11:00 - 16:30
Friday 11:00 - 16:30
Saturday 14:00 - 17:00
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

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