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Hartnett Gallery

Named for alumnus John B. Hartnett, this unique gallery space was designed by the renowned architects of I.M. Pei and Associates in 1972. Hartnett houses 8 to 10 exhibitions each year. Of these, 4 to 6 are coordinated by the Hartnett Gallery Committee student organization. The remaining shows are coordinated in partnership by Wilson Commons Student Activities, Art & Art History, and the Memorial Art Gallery. The gallery is open to the public and admission to exhibitions, receptions, and presentations are free.

Current Exhibit Highlight:

Michael Bosworth is an artist and educator based in Buffalo, NY. Currently a professor at Villa Maria College, Bosworth received his MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico, a BFA in Art and a BA in English from the University at Buffalo. He has participated in The Other New York Biennial (Syracuse, NY), the Beyond/In WNY Biennial (Buffalo, NY), Amid/In WNY (Buffalo, NY), and Echo Contemporary Art Fair (Buffalo, NY). 

"I employ different strategies to integrate and contrast recorded images with those
generated in the present. By constructing a mechanism which creates an image in the
presence of the viewer rather than only presenting a recorded document, imagery can be both consistent in form and chaotic. The small infinite variables that is the nature of an image created live by an analogue allows for a unique experience. As expressed by Plato in his allegory of the cave, we experience unique relationships to the thing and to its image. The event of recording an image is the result of an artist’s interaction with the mechanisms of the process and the subject at a moment that passes to be viewed as a document in the present. Viewing a recorded image is like that of looking out the rear window of a car and seeing the landscape recede into the distance. By taking the viewer into a moment through an installation that includes both a document and a live event their gaze is directed out the side of the car into the window of another traveling in the same direction." - Michael Bosworth, 2020

Spring 2020 Event Schedule:

February 3, 2020 – February 7, 2020
Capturing 2019 by Various Members of Photography Club
Wine & Cheese Wednesday 2/5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

February 13, 2020 – March 6, 2020
Transference by Michael Bosworth
Artist Talk: 2/13 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Reception: 2/13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

March 26, 2020 – April 10, 2020
Undergraduate Juried Show by Various Undergraduate Students
Wine & Cheese Wednesday 4/9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

April 13, 2020
An Expanded Cinema Installation Curated by On Film
One Day Only 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

April 23, 2020 – May 7, 2020
Studio Art Senior Thesis Exhibitions by Various Seniors

Hartnett Gallery Committee

The student run Hartnett Gallery Committee schedules and presents 4 to 6 exhibitions each academic year. These vary from solo shows to group exhibitions featuring local, state, national, and international artists, with an undergraduate juried exhibition held each year. A wide variety of media and genres are shown, including sculpture, photography, painting, video, and installation work, as well as curatorial and community projects. For more information about the student run Hartnett Gallery Committee visit their blog or find them on CCC: View the Hartnett Gallery Committee's CCC page.

Interior glass doors of Hartnett GalleryPicture taken from a corner of an empty Hartnett GalleryEmpty Hartnett gallery take from the entrance platform
Empty Hartnett gallery with entrance on the right and the side door on the leftEmpty Hartnett Gallery from inside the entrance

Submitting a Proposal

The Hartnett Gallery Advisory Board welcomes proposals for events/performances/exhibitions to be hosted in Hartnett Gallery. Events and performances are encouraged to occur in the space during an exhibition, assuming an exhibition's set up can accommodate your proposal's needs. All events, performances, and exhibitions must be sponsored by a University of Rochester department or student organization. If your department or student organization is interested in hosting an event or exhibition in the Gallery, you can fill out the Hartnett Gallery Proposal Form: Submit an Exhibition proposal.

Hartnett Gallery Use Information

To help you design your exhibition, view the Hartnett Gallery's general layout: View the general Hartnett Gallery floor plan.

Installation and De-installation Timetable

  • The dates scheduled for an exhibition need to include time for the installation and the deinstallation of the exhibition.
  • Installation can be expected to take one to three days for less complicated projects. More complicated installations will need to budget more time.
  • At the end of deinstallation Hartnett must be returned to the condition it was in at the beginning of the exhibition period.
  • If works are not conventionally framed or mounted all aspects of their installation must be pre-approved.
  • The Hartnett Advisory Board must give approval prior to installation if any work fits the following criteria:
    • Weighs more than 50 lbs.
    • Has a dimension exceeding 40”
    • Requires any extraordinary management or installation (i.e. suspended from the ceiling)
    • Is to be placed on the balcony

Wall Treatment

  • Exhibitions must request permission to paint the walls from the Hartnett Advisory Board

Important prohibitions

  • The use of double-stick tape or any means of adhesion apart from the use of Quakehold® or GlueDots® (brand specific) is prohibited.
  • No exhibition is allowed to block the entrance to the Gallery or the stairs inside.
  • The floor cannot be painted or altered.
  • Sharpies/permanent markers, ink, watercolor, or stickers are not allowed to be placed directly on Gallery walls.


  • Lighting cannot be adjusted without proper training from the Advisory Committee.

Hours of Operation

For the Harnett Gallery's standard hours, please see Wilson Common's building hours. The standard hours are only during an exhibition. The Gallery is closed when there is no exhibit on display or event scheduled. Hours may change or fluctuate during academic breaks.

Contact Us

To speak with a Hartnett Gallery Attendant: 585-275-4188.

For the student run Hartnett Gallery Committee:

For the Hartnett Gallery Advisory Board:

For other inquiries: