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.

Fall 2014 Artist-in-Residence: Leah Buechley

A designer, engineer, artist and educator, Buechley explores intersections and juxtapositions—of “high” and “low” technologies, new and ancient materials, and masculine and feminine making traditions. She also develops tools that help people build their own technologies, among them the LilyPad Arduino kit. She recently left her position as an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab to focus on an independent design practice. While at MIT she founded and directed the High-Low Tech research group. Buechley is our UMass Lowell 2014 Artist-in-Residence. 

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Leah Buechley: Gallery Exhibit
Dugan Gallery 
26–Nov. 5

This exhibit celebrates the work of the High-Low Tech group, a research group at the MIT Media Lab from 2009 to 2013, led by Leah Buechley. They explore integration of high-and-low tech materials, processes and cultures while investigating the intersections of computation with traditional crafts, art and design. The group also engaged diverse audiences in creating personal technologies by situating computation in new cultural and material contexts and developing tools to democratize engineering. Exhibited work will include interactive paper drawings, a build-it-yourself wooden cellphone, and a programming language for fashion design. Featuring work from Leah Buechley, Jennifer Jacobs, Emily Lovell, David Mellis, Hannah Perner-Wilson, Jie Qi, Kanjun Qiu and Amit Zoran.

"High-Low Tech" Leah Buechley High-Low Tech: A Talk with Leah Buechley
O'Leary Learning Commons, Room 222
Nov. 6, 3 p.m.

This exhibit celebrates the work of the High-Low Tech group, a research group at the MIT Media Lab from 2009 to 2013.

"This is a Circut" Leah Buechley Artbotics Workshop
Mahoney Hall
Nov. 5

Demonstration/Workshop with Leah Buechley. Open to all students and faculty, limited to 15. RSVP required,

For more information please visit  Leah Buechley's website.

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!