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Ruth Foster Art Gallery

Art that is close to home

Experience the visual world through the university's own art gallery. The Foster Gallery is the largest gallery in the Eau Claire area, and admission is free to Blugolds and the public. With a strong educational program, UW-Eau Claire students can take advantage of this learning space through exhibition receptions, open viewings, installation opportunities, guest speaker presentations, and the chance to participate in our annual juried student art show.

During the academic year, the Foster Gallery offers professional-level presentations of faculty and student work as well as external shows featuring nationally and internationally-recognized artists. Built in 1970, the Foster Gallery was named in honor of Ruth Foster, professor emeritus of art, who served on the faculty of Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire for 42 years and established The Foundation for the Appreciation of Art in Western Wisconsin. 

Important Updates for Fall 2020

The Foster Gallery will continue its mission of student engagement and education during the fall 2020. It will remain open to serve UWEC students, faculty and staff. Email to schedule a class visit.

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Current Exhibitions and Opportunities  

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Recent Exhibitions

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'Midwest Queeritivities' to encourage constructive dialogue

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Breaking the Grid Fall 19 BFA

'Breaking the Grid' - Capstone projects by BFA candidates

The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire’s Foster Gallery will present “Breaking the Grid” November 25 – December 15. This exhibition features capstone projects by Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Emma Reed and Pa Yang.

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Special Meanings

Exceptional Native American pottery exhibition

Special Meanings: The Labelle-Miller Southwest Pottery collection features a selection of exceptional Native American pottery from the McIntyre Library's LaBelle Miller Southwest Pottery Collection.

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Featuring artists and designers from 12 different countries

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Spring 19 BFA

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition

Capstone projects by Spring 2019 Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates.

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Exhibiting artwork by UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire - Barron County students

This exhibition showcases UW-Eau Claire student artwork selected by guest juror, Mary Carothers.

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Ted Meyer to Visit Eau Claire

Ted Meyer will be visiting Eau Claire and offering a workshop and two artist talks as part of the “Health + the Arts” exhibition at UW-Eau Claire’s Foster Gallery. All foster gallery events are free and open to the public.

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health + the arts

Exhibition explores the intersection of health and the arts

The Foster Gallery's exhibition explores the intersection of health and the arts from different perspectives: health and healing as represented in art, and art as a form of healing.

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Visit and contact the Foster Gallery

715-836-2328 |

Amanda Bulger, Interim Gallery Director

Haas Fine Arts Center 162

121 Water Street | Eau Claire, WI 54703