About the Gallery

University Art Galleries/George Segal Gallery


Segal - Woman Painting Her Toenails

In 1962 the then School of Fine and Performing Arts (later to become the College of the Arts) established its first Montclair State University Art Gallery, made possible by a generous donation of art works by Dr. Oscar and Mrs. Rose Cosla of Romania. (The Cosla Collection, featuring European paintings dating from the 16th to 19th centuries, is now on display in the lobby areas of the Alexander Kasser Theater and serve as a continuing instructive complement to the college’s fine arts educational curriculum.)

Over the years since its inception, the University Art Gallery strengthened its commitment to the exhibition of compelling contemporary art and in the early 1990s, the outdoor Sculpture Garden was established and opened to the public, accommodating six permanent outdoor sculptures. The Galleries' sculpture collection has since grown to include more than 20 dynamic outdoor works that have come to be sited in locations across the campus.

In 1999, a second indoor-gallery was established -- Gallery One, in order to provide students, faculty, and other professional artists with an additional venue in which to exhibit their work.

The original University Art Gallery and Gallery One spaces were eventually converted to alternative uses, however, in 2006 the University committed resources to building a new state-of-the-art gallery which would come to be named after the renowned sculptor George Segal    Thanks to the generosity of the George and Helen Segal Foundation and the university’s overall commitment to the visual arts, the George Segal Gallery has become an important destination in New Jersey and is the world’s only gallery in George Segal's name, providing a lasting legacy to this seminal 20th-century artist. [About George Segal]

The George Segal Gallery serves as the flagship facility of the University Art Galleries, boasting more than 3,000 square feet of exhibition space and 3,300 square feet of office, classroom and storage space. In addition to housing soem important works by George Segal, the gallery has become home to a growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary art including works by Alexander Calder and Alberto Giacometti, the Lida Hilton Print Collection and the Lucy Lewis Collection of Contemporary Native American pottery.  

The gallery also presents a minimum of six changing, contemporary exhibitions each year that feature major American, international and regionally acclaimed artists including the works of the University's faculty.  It also features an annual exhibition of students graduating from the college's Department of Art and Design.

The University Art Galleries hosts visitors from all over the world who come to view the collections.   Its educational outreach programs further serve individual residents, school groups, senior centers and civic organizations from New Jersey's Essex, Passaic, Morris, Bergen and Hudson counties.

The George Segal Gallery has received numerous Citation Awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for its excellence in artistic programming and public service to the arts.
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