Each year, artists in their final semester at Hampshire experiment with form and conceptual propositions in a series of small group exhibitions. In April and May of 2024, the Hampshire College Art Gallery will present a series of five group exhibitions: Friday, April 5—Sunday, April 7 Reception on Friday, April 5, from 5-7 PM Ingrid […]
The Gallery supports and presents Division III exhibitions each Fall and Spring semester.
From mid-November to mid-December and from mid-March to May each year, artists in their final semester at Hampshire experiment with form and conceptual propositions in a series of small group exhibitions.
This MFA-style program is a supportive and rigorous experience for undergraduate students, providing a foundation in curatorial and professional practice for artists. The Gallery Director currently mentors students in this program.
Who exhibits Div III work in the Gallery?
A Div III Exhibition in the Hampshire College Art Gallery is ideal for Arts or Arts-adjacent students who want to build their artistic professional practice and curatorial skills and whose work would benefit from a strongly visual form of public dissemination and display. The Gallery is a flexible, professional space that can accommodate a wide range of mediums.
Students who want to exhibit their work will devote significant time to developing and curating their shows. This rich and intensive process requires planning, deep intentionality, and cultivating valuable new skills.
The Div III Exhibition Program is less suited to students exclusively focused on studio practice or needing more time to devote to their exhibitions. Students who prefer to focus solely on their studio/production work would be better suited to display their work in a less formal space.
The necessity of a Gallery presentation should connect to the content and conceptual framework of a student’s creative practice. When evaluating when a gallery presentation is appropriate, we consider whether installation in the gallery, engaging in curatorial decision-making and display process, and interaction with visitors are integral aspects of the student’s work. Div III gallery exhibition preference is given to studio arts and film/photo students as this process often forms a large part of their formal evaluation.
How we organize Division III Exhibitions
Each exhibition includes at least 3 students, and students choose their exhibition partners and format. Each exhibition slot lasts 4-5 days, including
- Day 1 – Installation takes place over 1 day.
- Students must plan and time out their installation process so the gallery can open on time the following day.
- Days 2-3 – Exhibition on-view.
- Students coordinate an opening reception, and during the time on-view, students will meet with their Div III committees in the gallery.
- Day 4 – Deinstallation takes place over 1 day.
- Deinstall must be completed by 4 pm on the final day of the exhibition slot, so our repair team can come in after to reset the galleries.
At the Gallery staff’s discretion, the exhibition time on view might be extended by a day or two. We cannot shift Div III exhibition dates once the schedule is set.
- Overview of our 2023-2024 Division III Exhibition program, including this year’s schedule and important dates for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
- The Gallery Handbook – This guide, now in its third edition, is a helpful aid in planning and installing Division III exhibitions and details Gallery rules, regulations, community expectations, and available resources.
- Floorplans – formatted to print at tabloid size (11” x 17”)
- SketchUp Model
- You can download our Gallery 3-d model to experiment with and mockup works with. The model has an accuracy tolerance of +/- 3 inches.
- Did you know that you can use SketchUp’s free in-browser tool? Learn more here, download the model, and then upload to the browser tool.
- Matterport Scan
- View the 3-d scan of our gallery, which you can explore to review gallery conditions. You can also use the scan to take approximate measurements or explore with a VR headset.
- Schedule an appointment during the Gallery Director’s office hours – Students can make appointments for consultation and are also encouraged to meet with their committees in the Gallery space to discuss the curation of their work.