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.

All exhibitions are open to the public each academic year, and offer professional-level presentation 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. 

Limitless: B.F.A. Senior Show

There is no limit for December 2017 Art & Design B.F.A. graduates

Fall 2017 graduating B.F.A. seniors will be featuring their capstone work in the gallery in December. The exhibit runs from Dec. 1-Dec. 17 with a reception on Saturday, Dec. 9.

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Color event

'Color' to be theme of Art AND Science program exhibition, events

UW-Eau Claire’s Art AND Science program will present “Color,” an exhibition that will run Oct. 20-Nov. 15, and weekly events including individual performances, seminars and lectures.

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Chippewa Valley: Quilting as Art

Crafting collaboration with the community

UW-Eau Claire collaborates with the local Chippewa Valley community to celebrate the creativity and cultural heritage of quilting art in a Foster Gallery exhibition on display from February 9 through March 7, 2018.

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Contact Foster Gallery

For questions or information about upcoming exhibits, contact the Foster Gallery at 715-836-2328, or email us at

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