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Phyllis Straus Gallery (CAB)

Floor PlanThe Phyllis Straus Gallery is a space for students to engage in the making of visual cultures, innovations, experimentation, and expression through exhibitions and events in contemporary art.Through juried and group exhibitions — as well as solo student showcasings made by appointment — Bachelors of Fine Arts students are given the opportunity to submit their work for potential selection for upcoming shows. Upon acceptance, works by these artists will be on display, accompanied by publication and press for the exhibition. Surrounding student exhibitions, collective events from artists, poets, musicians, and like-minded creative individuals will also take place. Above all, the Phyllis Straus Gallery is a center where openness, collaboration, creative inquiry, and the establishment of community is encouraged. We emphasize community to help provide a richer investment in learning and idea-sharing that we hope to see in a larger context around us.

Gallery Usage

The gallery will be open for documentation and personal student projects by appointment — through FABLabs’ reservation calendar — and, when possible, walk-ins are welcome. Collaboration is encouraged. Please always communicate with each other so that the space is most effectively utilized.


As a communal space, respect for the gallery and the work within it should always come as the first priority. Everyone is expected to leave the space as they found it, which, according to each case, will include:

  • Sand, spackle, and paint walls — use tarps!
  • Sweep floors.
  • Clean off brushes, paint, spatula, etc.
  • Put everything back in the closet.
  • Turn off the lights.

All materials, including tarps, paint, spackling, sanding paper, brooms and brushes, etc, are provided. Please be mindful of the usage of these materials since our funding is limited, and let’s keep our storage room clean and organized. Works displayed in the gallery for exhibition should not be deinstalled without prior notification to the gallery staff. Please always treat each other with respect.


Christopher Watkins

Gallery Director

Brooke Huseby

Gallery Director

Michelle LeFrance

BFA Studio Manager

Events and Opportunities

"RE:" an exhibition by Julietta Cheung's Visual Art & Language Class

April 21, 2016
The exhibition showcases the work of students in this spring’s Visual Art & Language course. Opening reception is Friday, April 22, 2016, 7-9pm. ...

Marked Lands, Collaborative Exhibition at Phyllis Straus

February 25, 2016
You are invited to a collaborative exhibition between three artists, Alexis Beucler, Laura O'Connor, and Maria Ojeda. Painting, cardboard and clay, fiber and paper all come togethe ...

Phyllis Straus Gallery Presents: An Open Exchange

February 24, 2016
An evening of multitudes. We are of participating and performing, of listening and speaking, of seeking and interacting. Thursday, February 25, 8-10pm ...

The Phyllis Straus Gallery Seeking Submissions

February 18, 2016
The Phyllis Straus Gallery is accepting works for their upcoming exhibition on the 25th from 8:30-10:00PM! Any medium is acceptable, and will be accompanied by live performances, p ...

Films at Phyllis Straus presents : In the Mood for Love

February 5, 2016
Come get in the mood & watch a flick with us. Accompanying the film will be the cheesiest of valentine’s day decor – think streamers and heart-shaped balloons, or something. We ...