Overview & Mission

Mission Statement

The Contemporary Art Galleries’ (CAG) mission is to present a dynamic series of exhibitions and programs that advance creative innovation, experimentation, and scholarship within the visual arts at the University of Connecticut. Essential to the educational experience provided by the Department of Art and Art History, the gallery draws upon the University’s multi-disciplinary resources and encourages rigorous academic inquiry, community engagement, and reflection on the social, political, and cultural issues of our time.

CAG’s reach is broad as it contributes to the ongoing and international discourse around ideas and experiences relevant to contemporary visual arts and culture. Exhibitions focus on today’s most vital artists, positioning them within historical and contemporary frameworks that critically respond to the canon. When making programmatic decisions, CAG seeks to promote diversity and equity through building a community and culture that is inclusive of all groups and individuals.

CAG is also committed to bringing internationally respected artists to campus for the creation of new artworks and collaborative projects that utilize the vast physical and intellectual resources residing on our Research I university campus. As a non-collecting institution, CAG supports the creation of this work with the intention of further disseminating it through a range of creative and scholarly platforms. Graduate and undergraduate students also benefit from intimate observation and engagement with the creative practices of these artists.

CAG is committed to the principles of artistic and intellectual freedom. All programming is free and open to the public.