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. 


Foster Gallery Exhibition Calendar

Current Exhibition:

Unusual Message, September 6 - October 2, 2019

Reception: Thursday, September 26, 6-7:30pm

Artist Talk featuring Ned Gannon, Jyl Kelley and Hyungjoo A. Kim: Friday, September 27, 10-10:50am, HFA 101

Upcoming Exhibitions + Events: 

Special Meanings: The Labelle-Miller Southwest Pottery Collection, October 18 - November 13, 2019

Reception: Thursday, October 17, 6-7:30pm

Discussion with the Collectors: Friday, October 18

Preston Duwyenie Gallery Talk: Thursday, October 7, Time TBA

Preston Duwyenie Gallery Demonstration: Friday, October 8, Time TBA

Jennifer Foerster Poetry Reading: Monday, November 11, 2019, at 5:30 PM



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Featuring artists and designers from 12 different countries

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Spring 19 BFA

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition

Capstone projects by Spring 2019 Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates.

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Exhibiting artwork by UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire - Barron County students

This exhibition showcases UW-Eau Claire student artwork selected by guest juror, Mary Carothers.

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Ted Meyer to Visit Eau Claire

Ted Meyer will be visiting Eau Claire and offering a workshop and two artist talks as part of the “Health + the Arts” exhibition at UW-Eau Claire’s Foster Gallery. All foster gallery events are free and open to the public.

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health + the arts

Exhibition explores the intersection of health and the arts

The Foster Gallery's exhibition explores the intersection of health and the arts from different perspectives: health and healing as represented in art, and art as a form of healing.

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Capstone exhibition for December 2018 BFA seniors

UW-Eau Claire’s Foster Gallery will feature the capstone projects of eight Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates in an exhibition to run Nov. 30–Dec.16, 2018, with a reception from 4–6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

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Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

an exhibition showcasing artwork, research and scholarship of UWEC Art + Design faculty

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Looking at Asia Exhibition

a selection of posters from '2017 International Poster Exhibition + A9' interpreting the 'Beauty of Asia' through designers' unique and diverse perspectives

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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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Visit and contact the Foster Gallery

715-836-2328 |

Amanda Bulger, Interim Gallery Director

Haas Fine Arts Center 162

121 Water Street | Eau Claire, WI 54703