UD’s Haggerty Gallery update

Gallery Updates regarding COVID-19: Open by appointment + online

Dear friends of the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery,   We hope that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Like many galleries around the country, and in accord with the response by the University of Dallas to the concerns of COVID-19, the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is temporarily closed except by appointment until further notice.  All tours, events, and programs scheduled until April 14 have been canceled and there may be changes to our upcoming exhibition schedule.

Our current exhibition Pieced + Painted: Galen Cheney + Andrea Myers can be viewed online here.  This two person exhibition opened on March 9, with both Galen Cheney and Andrea Myers in attendance. Both artists were with us to help our undergraduate gallery workers learn how to install their work. Cheney and Myers also shared their professional practice experience with our students over a pizza lunch and visited each of our graduate students in their studios. At their opening reception, each artist gave a thoughtful and heartfelt gallery talk about the processes and inspiration behind their work. We are so grateful to both artists for their generosity and the great time we had together. Special thanks to Sven Khans for taking all the installation shots of this exhibition!

Nothing is more important to us than the health of our community. Our student workers and I will continue to work remotely to bring you the most current information about our current exhibition. We will also feature highlights from past exhibitions on our social media platforms. Click here to follow us on Facebook and here to follow us on Instagram for the most up-to-date gallery news. 

Please know that we do not take this decision lightly and we look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery soon.

Stay well and keep safe,
Christina Haley
Gallery Director

About the Exhibition:

Color and form take center stage in the paintings by Galen Cheney and textile works by  Andrea Myers. For both Cheney and Myers, exploration and manipulation of materials drive their creative processes. Each artist makes multi-layered constructions by piecing together elements of paint, fabric, and collage to explore the space between two and three dimensions.

Cheney uses fragments of past paintings, old receipts, used airline tickets, and other remnants of past experiences, and works them into the texture of the new painting. They become one with the surface, imbuing the painting with memory, history, and time. The assemblage of different forms is quite physical, with paintings being wrestled together to create a new whole. 

Galen Cheney painting in her North Adams studio, photo by David Grozinsky. See Cheney’s creative process on Instagram @galenwcheney

Myers creates machine-sewn fabric collages from a wide range of fabrics, exploring and manipulating ideas of quilting, applique, and tactile formations, patchworked and growing across the surfaces of walls. There is also a strong physicality in Myers works, with dramatic scale and the built dimensionality from the accumulation of flat layers creating a geometry of fabric.

Andrea Myers, working on her large scale piece Out of the Blue, on her studio floor. See these pieces come together @andreamyersart on Instagram.

Each artist assembles their work from individual parts, piecing and weaving together painting and the textile arts to create brightly colored, bold, and expressive works from fragments. Hear more about the artists’ speak  process, inspiration, and work during their artists talk  on March 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Students installing paintings by artist Galen Cheney during the shows installation.

Did you know? 

All of our exhibitions are installed by our students. The Beatrice M. Haggerty gallery is a space where our art students learn the professional practice of art handling and installing work. Together they work as a team to put up shows with guidance from Gallery Director Christina Hayes Haley. We were thrilled to have Galen Cheney and Andrea Myers with us for the installation of Pieced + Painted. Having the artists with us was a fantastic learning experience. To learn more about our art department visit https://udallas.edu/constantin/academics/programs/art/

About the Artists

Galen Cheney has been painting for over 30 years and lives in North Adams, Massachusetts. Her education as a painter began at Mount Holyoke College and continued at The Maryland Institute College of Art, where she was mentored and critiqued by Grace Hartigan, Sal Scarpitta, and Hermine Ford, among other important artists. Recent recognition includes residencies/fellowships from the Millay Colony, Mass MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Da Wang Culture Highland, and a nomination for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in Painting.

Andrea Myers is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Expanded Media at Kent State University at Stark. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2001 and her Masters of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies in 2006 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Myers has recently had two solo shows in Berlin Germany, the first at coGalleries, Berlin, Germany and the second, Textil und Rennsportmuseum, at Hohenstein-Ernsthall, Germany. Myers is in numerous private and public collections nationally.

Both artists are represented by Gut Gallery  in Dallas. Top Image: Left: Galen Cheney, Emanator (side one) (detail), 2019 acrylic and paper on collaged canvas, 72 x 63″, Right: Andrea Myers, Out of the Blue, (detail), 2019, denim and various fabric machine sewn fabric collage, 8×20′  

About the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is located in the Art History Building at the corner of Gorman Drive and Haggar Circle on the University of Dallas campus at 1845 E. Northgate Drive in Irving. The gallery, which is part of the university’s Haggerty Art Village, is free and open weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more gallery information, visit udallas.edu/gallery or call 972-721-5087.