Bringing Artists to Cambridge

The gallery spaces across campus have brought local and international artists to Lesley University and the greater Cambridge community. From a retrospective of Irving Penn's photographs to a collection of artwork by Temple Grandin and other artists with Autism Spectrum Disorder, our exhibition space has inspired dialogue and inquiry while engaging the surrounding community.

Alumni, students, faculty and staff have all shown their work in these public spaces, gaining experience in or maintaining their professional careers as curated artists and designers.

Lunder Arts Center

1801 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

The three exhibition spaces we have in the Lunder Arts Center in Porter Square, Cambridge are the Roberts, the Raizes, and the Spotlight galleries.

Roberts, Raizes, and Spotlight Gallery Hours

  • Monday: 9:00–6:00
  • Tuesday: 9:00–6:00
  • Wednesday: 9:00–6:00
  • Thursday: 9:00–8:00
  • Friday: 9:00–6:00
  • Saturday + Sunday: 12:00–5:00

Roberts Gallery

Location: Lunder Arts Center, Main Level
As the largest and most visible of our galleries, the Roberts Gallery exhibits the works of nationally and internationally recognized artists, as well as regional and emerging artists. Exhibitions are curated across media to reflect a wide range of topics and interests.

Raizes Gallery

Location: Lunder Arts Center, Main Level
The Raizes Gallery showcases student work and departmental exhibitions. Here, annual BFA graduate exhibitions hang on the same walls that hold retrospectives of celebrated visiting artists, such as Kathe Kollwitz, Edward Gorey, Miguel Rio Branco, and Paula Scher.

Spotlight Gallery

Location: Lunder Arts Center, Lower Level
Focusing on Cambridge and Somerville-area artists, the Spotlight Gallery provides a platform for local talent. Recent exhibitors include Resa Blatman, Joel Janowitz, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, and Ariel Freiberg.

University Hall

1815 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

The two exhibition spaces we have in University Hall—also located in Porter Square, Cambridge—are the VanDernoot Gallery and the John O. and Olivia Parker Gallery.

VanDernoot Gallery Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:00–6:00
  • Wednesday: 12:00–6:00
  • Thursday: 12:00–8:00
  • Friday: 12:00–6:00
  • Saturday + Sunday: 12:00–5:00

Parker Gallery Hours

  • Monday to Friday: 9:00–6:00

VanDernoot Gallery

Location: University Hall, First Floor (Behind Bourbon Coffee)
The VanDernoot Gallery features established artists, research and thesis work, and Lesley University alumni. The site has exhibited prominent artists, including Derrick Woods-Morrow, Luba Lukova, Dell M. Hamilton, Luis Gonzalez Palma, and Shen Wei.

John O. and Olivia Parker Gallery

Location: University Hall, Second Floor Atrium
The Parker Gallery supports many of the academic and professional needs of the Lesley community. Our art education students exhibit here throughout the year. We also host conferences here, such as the annual MICE convention, and exhibits related to the Massachusetts Art Education Association. Recent showings include Lesley Green, artwork by Environmental Arts students, and My Family Goes to College, a photo project by Mario Quiroz.

Doble Campus

McKenna Student Center
34 Mellen Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

The Marran Gallery is the exhibition space on our Doble campus, which is located in our McKenna Student Center between Harvard and Porter Squares.

Marran Gallery Hours

  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00–6:00

Marran Gallery

Location: McKenna Student Center, Lower Level
The Marran Gallery highlights artwork from a variety of artists within Lesley University and the local community. This gallery often focuses on work from our undergraduate and graduate Expressive Therapies community. Recent showings include Native American Resilience Through Art, artwork in partnership with Boston organization Violence Transformed, and work from art therapy majors of the Class of 2019. 

Exhibition Calendar