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. The gallery is open to the public and admission to exhibitions, receptions, and presentations are free.

Hartnett Gallery Objectives

  • Enrich the campus and local community by providing opportunities in the Campus Center to experience diverse expressions of culture through visual art
  • Cultivate skills related to exhibition, curatorial, and preparator practices
  • Facilitate sustainable opportunities for artists/students through the creation, presentation, and understanding of contemporary art via exhibitions and educational programs


Current Exhibit

Dragon Unmasked

Senior thesis exhibition by Zoe Zhang.
Opening reception Monday, May 6, 5-7pm.
There will be a short film screening in the gallery, followed by an artist talk.

Exhibition Dates: May 3rd - May 19th

Call for Art!

Organized by Bridget Fleming PhD Candidate, Visual and Cultural Studies

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On Film and The Hartnett Gallery is now accepting submissions for the group exhibition 'Sex/Labor' Opening November ‘24. We are seeking moving image, video art, film.

On Thursday, November 21st, 2024 the opening of Sex/Labor will be paired with a screening of Working Girls on the University of Rochester campus. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Lizzie Borden that places the film and exhibition into conversation with one another. Working Girls, a narrative film, depicts a day in the lives of sex workers. The majority of the film takes place in a single room, where a group of women gossip, eat, fight, and hang out before and after their appointments with clients.

We seek moving-image artwork that addresses topics which include:

  • Any kind of sex work / aspect of the industry (stripping, pole dancing, escorting, sugaring, peep shows, camming (+ other forms of online sex work), pornographic film and video, phone sex, etc.)
  • How the industry has changed / is changing since the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Sex work & everyday life
  • Memoirs, poetry, and other creative writing by sex workers
  • Histories of sex worker activism and unionization efforts
  • Representations of sex work in popular culture

We invite artists whose work is included in the exhibition to attend this event with Lizzie Borden. $300 stipend

Spring 2024 Event Schedule:

  • Merging Dimensions

    Artists: Anna Reed

    Dates: January 25 - February 19

    Artist Talk and Reception: January 25, 4 - 6 p.m.

  • Elemental

    Artist: Photography Club

    Dates: February 23 - March 1

    Opening Reception: February 29, 4 - 6 p.m.

  • Time Tripper

    Artist: Alice Pixley Young

    Dates: March 7 - 30

    Artist Talk and Reception: March 7, 4 - 6 p.m.

  • Undergraduate Juried Show

    Artist: Various Undergraduate Students

    Dates: April 3 - 12

    Opening Reception: April 4, 4 - 6 p.m.

  • Studio Art Senior Thesis Exhibitions

    Artist: Senior Studio Art Majors

    Dates: April 18 - May 18


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

Hartnett Gallery Floor Plan

Images of the Hartnett Gallery space
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

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

For the Hartnett Gallery:  hartnett@mail.rochester.edu

For other inquiries:  wcsa@rochester.edu