Center for Arts & Ideas


The UMass Lowell Art Department presents a variety of art exhibitions by students and faculty in the University and Dugan Galleries.

Artist in Residence Program

The Artist in Residence program honors individual artists who excel in one or more of the many artistic disciplines. These artists are invited to the University of Massachusetts Lowell where they present their work, teach master classes and meet with students.

The Artist in Residence Program is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Center for Arts and Ideas, the English Department and the Art Department.

For information about the Artist in Residence program please email Paul Marion, co-director of the Center for Arts and Ideas or call 978-934-3107.

Spring 2013 Artist in Residence: Martha Colburn

Martha Colburn Work

Martha Colburn is a filmmaker and artist. She is best known for her animation films created through puppetry, collage, and paint on glass techniques. She has made over forty films since 1994. In an open, free to the public and wheelchair accessible talk, Ms. Colburn will discuss her techniques, her past works and art. Ms. Colburn is been featured in numerous magazines including, DU Magazine (2008) and NRC Handelsblad (2008).

March 27
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
O'Leary Library Room 222 

The Center for Arts and Ideas Artist in Residence Martha Colburn will give an open, free to the public and wheelchair accessible talk about art and techniques.

For more information about Martha Colburn:

Fall 2011 Artist in Residence: Lynda Barry

Lynda-Barry-scan_optAuthor, cartoonist, painter and illustrator Lynda Barry was the Fall 2011 Artist in Residence. Ms. Barry’s syndicated weekly comic strip, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek,” is nationally known. She has published several illustrated novels, such as The Good Times are Killing Me, which won the Washington State Governor’s Award. Barry’s bestselling book, What It Is, won the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Graphic Novel.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Artist Talk and Book Signing:

During this presentation, Lynda Barry addressed her creative process and discussed her recent work.

See video from Lynda Barry's Artist Talk on October 25, 2011

Wednesday, October 26

Creativity Workshop:

This workshop focused on storytelling through the powerful combination of words and images.

Attendees were encouraged to bring a sketchbook or notepad, pens and other writing and drawing implements.

For more information about Lynda Barry:

You can find a selection of Lynda Barry's books at the UMass Lowell bookstore!