Art Gallery

Current Exhibit:

Native American and Western Art Exhibit.
Works of the LSSU Arts Center Gallery permanent collection.


Native American and Western Art Exhibit

Past Exhibits:

Tibet: Magical Land of Spiritual Wonders - October - November 2019

Above the Mandala

Sharing Authentic Tibetan Culture Around the Globe for over 25 Years. The week long residency here at LSSU was comprised of music/dance performances, the creation of a Mandala Sand Painting, a photo exhibit and lectures on meditation and enlightenment.

Mandala Sand Painting Time Lapse!

Click here to watch the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery create their Mandala Sand Painting!

The Landscape of Guitar - September - October 2019

An original concept of guitar shaped landscapes, Terra Guitarra. Bruce Hecksel’s  “guitar landscapes” are glittering, stained glass-like, acrylic paintings where almost every element in the composition is a guitar shape. Using the guitar as a symbol of the vibrational nature of our world, these vibrant landscapes are pulsing with joy and infinite possibility. The paintings suggest the whole earth is singing and asks the question, can we find harmony with it?

The Works of Tracy Anderson — July - August 2019

Works of Tracy Anderson

Scratchboard art, encaustic art, oil painting, wildlife, photograph, and nature-oriented artwork on display.

Our Campus Retrospective

Fort Brady Historical Collage

A look back on the History of Lake Superior State University through 30 retrospective photographs.  Enjoy stepping back in time by viewing the photo collections from the LSSU, Bayliss Public Library and Chippewa County Historical Society.

Painting Wilderness — September - October 2018

The public is invited to visit the Arts Center Gallery at Lake Superior State University to enjoy “Painting Wildness,” an exhibition of 27 paintings by award-winning artist Heidi A. Marshall. The show will run through the months of September and October.

The exhibit is comprised of plein air landscape paintings across northern Michigan as well as sites in America’s National Parks. Gallery director Sharon Dorrity states: “We are very pleased to offer an exhibition of paintings by an internationally recognized artist with such compassion for the beauty of the land.” Marshall’s work has earned awards in local arts competitions, at the state level, nationally and internationally. Dorrity added that Marshall was selected for a residency as a National Parks Painter by the US Department of the Interior.

Visit the Artist’s website

M.O.D. Metal-Oil-Dirt Show — June - July 2018

Cindy Wedig is an artist of both clay and oil/cold wax.  She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Fine Art.  After raising her three children she has begun to focus on her art career and to exhibit in both invitational and juried shows.

Dale Wedig is a Professor of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University. For the past 34 years he has headed the Metalsmithing and Sculpture concentrations. Throughout his professional career he has maintained a private home studio producing work for galleries, exhibitions, and commissions throughout the United States.

Their home is in Gwinn, Michigan surrounded by the beauty of the forest and their family.

A Slice of Life — April - May 2018

5x7 2018: A Slice of Life

Sault Ste. Marie’s Sunrise Rotary Club and Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center Gallery will feature work donated by regional artists with an April 20 public reception that opens the fifth-annual 5×7 Art Show. Submitted canvases on media such as painting, drawing, tile, sculpture, fabric, 3-D artifacts, and photography are variations on this year’s theme, A Slice of Life. Proceeds benefit the LSSU Arts Center gallery exhibition programming and Sunrise Rotary Club’s literacy initiatives in Sault Area Public Schools. The exhibit is on display April 20-May 31 in the Arts Center gallery.

Native American and Western Art — January - February 2018

Bronze Arts Center Sculpture

For January and February, the display of the LSSU Arts Center Gallery permanent collection of Native American and Western Art will be shown. The display includes the works of Fritz White, Kenneth Pauling Riley, Ned Jacob, David Johns, Charles Loloma, Fritz Scholder, and the Frederick Hart sculpture, “Transcendent”.

Sara Bagley — October 2017

Sara Bagley Poster

Sara Bagley’s exhibit Two Faces of Sara will be shown at the LSSU Art Center Gallery from October 3rd through November 30th. A reception will be held on Thursday, October 12 from 5pm to 7pm, as well as during Great Lake State Weekend – On Saturday, October 14 from 2pm to 4pm.

April-South Olson — August - September 2017

April South-Olson poster

The LSSU Arts Center Gallery is pleased to present the works of Michigan artist April South-Olson during August and September. April South-Olson uses the layered effect found in encaustic painting as an exploration of growth, character, and the passage of time. Encaustic technique is also known as hot wax painting, which typically adds colored pigments to heated beeswax. The mixture is applied to wood in layers, but canvas and other base materials work just as well. “The encaustic medium allows me to layer the work and develop a history within the piece,” says South-Olson in an artist statement. “Each layer helps create the next by guiding the bristles of the brush around elevations and into the deficits. Color from previous layers bleed into the next giving direction to the final surface.” South-Olson lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, spending her time, “exercising a peaceful laziness, sitting in a porch swing while my children play in the yard, deriving inspiration from clouds drifting by, the only driving force I need to spend hours a day in the studio.”

Helga Flower — July 2017

Helga Flower exhibit

Noted artist Helga Flower stands next to Enchantment, a piece in acrylic that is one of 60 paintings on mixed media being displayed in Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center Gallery in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., through July. A native of Munich, Germany, Helga studied art in Germany, Canada, and all over the United States, She now teaches watercolor and mixed media workshops all over the United States and abroad with annual workshops in Florida and Mackinac Island. Flower maintains studios in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Clewiston, Fla.

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Location: Inside Arts Center, east end of building on main floor.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – 12 – 4 PM
Wednesday – 1 – 5 PM
Friday – 12 – 4 PM

Open one hour prior to Arts Center performances.

Email to inquire about special arrangements to visit the gallery during closed hours.