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The mission of the Schiltkamp Gallery is to enhance the Clark University community with a diverse range of exhibitions, lectures, and discussions.

The gallery was established by a generous gift from Arrien ’78 and Robin Schiltkamp in the honor of Jacob and Alida Hoven Schiltkamp. It supports the teaching of art at Clark University, as part of an interdisciplinary educational experience.

Exhibitions are developed in collaboration with Clark faculty members and courses, with attention to the needs and interests of the larger Worcester and Northeast arts communities.

Clark students work as interns with the gallery directors to develop, install, and maintain each of the exhibits. A schedule of four to five exhibitions during the academic year brings diverse and compelling interdisciplinary artwork to the Clark campus.

The final exhibit of every year is the annual Senior Thesis Show, highlighting the graduating seniors from the Studio Art Program.

Past Exhibitions

Exhibition Dates:  March 14 – April 17
Gallery Talks / Reception: Wednesday, March 20, 4-6:00

Juried and invitational group show conceived, organized, and curated by students in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture & Practice.

illustration of drawingExhibition Dates: January 24 – February 27
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 7, 12-1:00 TC 100
Gallery Reception: February 7, 4-5:30

Mexican born painter, Alfredo Gisholt, presents his large, gestural abstract paintings.

In this solo show, as well as smaller studies from the “Night Studio” series.

Alfredo Gisholt describes himself as a “studio painter”, meaning this is where he does his work, but the studio is also what he paints. The accumulated artifacts from his native Mexico, small religious icons, skulls, books, the plants that line his studio windows, and of course the utilitarian tools of his trade – palettes, brushes, paint itself, and the ubiquitous trash can.  But “the studio” is also a metaphorical space.  It is the space for creative thought, the arena for action, the container for contemplation, and the chamber for wrestling with demons.  Alfredo Gisholt begins each session in the studio by making a sketch from direct observation in small notebooks.  This daily devotion then generates enormous, muscular, and expressive paintings that let go of the more literally representational aspects of the drawings and reach boldly into that metaphorical space of the mind.  In so doing, he also confronts the tumult, exuberance, danger, complexity and wonder of the larger world beyond the studio walls.

artist table with paints

Gisholt studio corner, Waltham, MA

art illustration
Image above by Xuemeng Zhang.

Exhibition dates: November 7–December 5, 2018.
Opening: Wednesday, November 7 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Schiltkamp Gallery, Traina Center Art Lab (second floor lounge)

The final Fall 2019 open-call show, “Being,” features talented artists from the Clark community. Student curators in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture & Practice are accepting submissions in all media to be displayed in the Traina Center Art Lab.

The theme of the show is intentionally vague, inviting viewers to interpret their own understanding of what “being” means. The word can refer to physical human beings, or their emotional, mental, and spiritual states, or non-human beings, or any other interpretation of the term. The theme is meant to provoke thought in the artists and viewers while also welcoming all forms of expression into the show.

In addition to other student submissions, the show will feature 120 5×5″ wood panels. These panels have been distributed to students, faculty, and friends throughout the campus. This grid of artistic interpretations of what it means “to be” will hang together, representing the diverse and passionate community at Clark. Regardless of how you choose to interpret “being,” we can appreciate each other’s expressions of what it means “to be.”

photos of exhibit
Above: Works by Nayda Cuevas, Evan Morse, and Stephen DiRado

Exhibition dates: September 24–December 4, 2018.
Opening: Wednesday, October 10 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Schiltkamp Gallery, Traina Center for the Arts
Gallery talks: Several artists will give gallery talks at the opening. (Additional programming will be announced).

Artists: Laura Chasman, Caleb Cole, Nayda Cuevas, Stephen DiRado, Catherine Graffam, Elizabeth Clark Libert, Evan Morse, Zoe Perry-Wood, Jane Smaldone, and Karl Stevens

From Neolithic plastered skulls to today’s phone “selfie,” images of the human head are probably the most potent, frequent, symbolic, and enduring visual artifacts we create. The portrait engages mortality, celebrates the individual, reveals social mores—and fully challenges the artist. The ten artists included in this exhibition work in a variety of media and their subjects range from intimate portraits of family members to paintings of anonymous “selfies” by others on a social media site.

April 25–May 20, 2018. The annual presentation of student senior thesis projects.
Opening reception, April 25th, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

picture of a border wallArtist: Gregory Thielker
Exhibition Dates: November 20, 2017–February 15, 2018
Address: 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 24, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, January 24 during the reception
Artist Presentation: Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
More Information: Elli Crocker 508-793-8818 / ecrocker@clarku.edu / Gallery Director
Tina Zlody 508-793-7349 / Visual & Performing Arts Department Program and Events Coordinator

New York City based artist (and former adjunct faculty member at Clark University), Gregory Thielker, will create an interdisciplinary exhibition dealing with the topic of “The Wall” and the tensions surrounding the border territory between the United States and Mexico. The symbolism of “Wall” and the messages it conveys – even as an abstract construct – will be addressed in this installation of small paintings, a large-scale mural, and artifacts from Thielker’s travels along the border. The artist states, “The exhibit is meant to ask questions about the border and its impact on individual experience and national identity.”

Curated, installed, and organized by Professor of Studio Art, Elli Crocker, in conjunction with students in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture and Practice. Image: Gregory Thielker, Desert, 2017, watercolor on paper

water color illustrationArtists: Chris Gill, Jane Goldman, Joel Janowitz, Anne Lilly, Susan Swinand, Richard Yarde
Exhibition Dates: September 18–November 9, 2017
Address: 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m. with artists Joel Janowitz and Anne Lilly
Watercolor Workshop: Wednesday, October 18, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. with artist, Susan Swinand in Traina Center Studio 200
Artist Presentation: Friday, November 3, 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. with artist, Jane Goldman, of Mixit Studio / Somerville, MA in Traina Center Studio 100/101
More Information: Elli Crocker 508-793-8818 / ecrocker@clarku.edu / Gallery Director
Tina Zlody 508-793- 7349 / Visual & Performing Arts Department Events Coordinator

This exhibition showcases the work of six artists whose innovative painting in watercolor defies conventional notions about this challenging medium. Surprising in scale, subject matter and approach, these paintings offer fresh investigations into an artistic medium whose expressive power and beauty is often underestimated.

Curated, installed, and organized by Professor of Studio Art, Elli Crocker, in conjunction with students in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture and Practice. Image: Anne Lilly, Vinalhaven Tides 2, 2016, watercolor on paper, 12×16”

man sitting on bench in front of anchient buildingArtist: John Garton, Professor of Art History
Exhibition Dates: September 13–October 27, 2017
Address: 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: TBA
More Information: Elli Crocker 508-793-8818 / ecrocker@clarku.edu / Gallery Director

Tina Zlody 508-793-7349 / Visual & Performing Arts Department Program and Events Coordinator

This exhibition features photography shot in and around Rome, Italy by Visual & Performing Arts faculty member, John Garton in 2017. Having lived in Italy and returning frequently to conduct art history research, Professor Garton offers images of time counted in millennia and in minutes. Holding the lens of the straniero, or foreigner, Garton records daily images of light, sometimes falling on Emperor Hadrian’s villa and other times on shiny Fiats, modern routines, and the rituals of conversation.

Curated, installed, and organized by Professor Garton with Professor of Studio Art, Elli Crocker, and students in ARTS 296 Gallery Culture and Practice. Image: John Garton, Different Epochs, 2017, photograph

Awkward Other Party
February, 2015

Playing With Rules: Drawing on the Spirit of Sol LeWitt
February, 2015

Mine: a solo exhibition by Torkwase Dyson
October, 2014

Art After Clark: 2014 Studio Art Alumni Exhibition
February 2014

CONstruct | conSTRUCT: The Organizing Principle
October 2013

Form + Content + Context
February 2013

Love Letters
October 2012

Kindred Spirits
September 2011

Wood Work
February 2011

Incidents and Reflections
September 2010

Alchemy: Art + Science
February 2010

Trajectory
September 2009

Bound
January 2009

Collaborative Studio Showcase
November 2008

Nubar Alexanian
September 2008

Reverie
Curated by Greg Thielker
February 2008

Smaller is Better
A juried exhibition of small works
November 2007

Playtime
Curated by Kirk Jalbert
September 2007

Admissions: Free

The Schiltkamp Gallery

Gallery Information
  • Gallery Hours:
    Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Friday 9 a.m.-4.30 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 12.00 p.m.–5.00 p.m.
  • Mailing Address:
    Schiltkamp Gallery
    Traina Center for the Arts
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • schiltkamp[at]clarku[dot]edu
Address & Parking Information
  • Schiltkamp Gallery
    Traina Center for the Arts
    92 Downing Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • Street parking is available free on Downing and neighborhood streets.

    Handicap Accessibility: The gallery is fully handicap accessible. Please call (508) 793-7113 for detailed information on parking and access to the building.