The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art's mission is to promote smart and relevant works of art by emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists. The Gallery strives to serve as a laboratory for student learning and seeks to enrich the lives of community members.

The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is the proud recipient of the 2018 Ellsworth Kelly Award presented by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for the solo exhibition of work by artist Bojana Ginn.

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Art & Design

Summerville Campus

Washington Hall

Office 240


1120 15th Street, WH-240
Augusta, GA 30904

Our Location

Washington Hall

We are located on the ground floor of Washington Hall on the Summerville Campus. When you enter through the main gate you arrive at a round-about, do almost a full turn around, and then turn to the right (a sign says Washington Hall). The road will turn slightly to the right and you will see a medium height brick building with a fortress jagged roof-line on your left side. This is Washington Hall. The entry that leads to the gallery is the one you see first as you approach the building.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

To be Small in a Big Place by Stefan Petranek

 October 18-December 1, 2023

Reception: Wednesday, October 18, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

As an image based artist Stefan Petranek (b. 1977) works across mediums that range from historic photographs to video sculptures that combine digital projection technologies onto a variety of 3D forms and surfaces. Working with subjects that range from genetics to climate change, his work explores how contemporary culture, especially through advances in science and technology, affects our perception of nature and how we define it today.

Petranek’s photographic and video work have been exhibited widely in the U.S. as well as appearing internationally. Recently awarded the 2018 Christel DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award, his series The Future is Broken about the current state and projected future of climate change has garnered notable attention and was recently exhibited in FotoFocus’ Auto//Update exhibition and Creative Advocay’s Collective Voices exhibition in 2019 among others. Petranek’s Brain Tumor Diaries, Genotyping and Genetic Portrait Project series have also received critical recognition including a review by Lenscratch, publication in Front Line Genomics Magazine, and Manifest Press’ contemporary fine art photography book INPHA3 to name a few. He currently resides with his family in Indianapolis where he is an Associate Professor of Photography and Intermedia at Indiana University’s Herron School of Art & Design.

CornvsCoral by Stefan Petranek