Morton J. May Foundation Gallery

Located in the Maryville University Library – please see library for gallery hours.

2017-2018 Schedule



Featuring the Artwork of

Kent Addison

On View:
Sept. 5 – 29, 2017

Alumni Weekend Reception:
Sept. 22 (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
For more info about Alumni Weekend or to RSVP online for the reception, visit: maryville.edu/alumniweekend.

Join your fellow Maryville alumni and see this collection featuring 30 paintings shown together for the first time from Faculty Emeritus, Kent Addison.

Kent Addison came to Maryville in 1961 and started the Art & Design program. His work has been part of our library collection and a sculpture resides near Reid Hall. Kent retired in 1995 and has recently received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Watercolor USA Honor Society. He was the steward who set the course of what is today Design + Visual Art at Maryville.

Jiangmei Wu

Jiangmei Wu

Expressions and Transformations in Paper Folding

On View:
Oct. 5 – 21, 2017

Oct. 19 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

The creative works, produced by artist and designer Jiangmei Wu, are unique in their seamless integration of ancient, handcrafted methodologies with 21st-century digital design tools. Wu has spent her career understanding and perfecting the art form of origami, and utilizes algorithmic computational technology in the speculation of new and innovative origami folds. The result is a stunning portfolio of large-scale origami explorations that appear to weightlessly dance throughout exhibition spaces.

Jiangmei Wu is a tenure-track assistant professor at Indiana University in the United States. She creates interdisciplinary work in art, design, mathematics, science, and engineering and investigates the relationship between geometry, surface texture, computational algorithms, and making techniques in the art and science of paper folding. Her Folded Light Art brand, using eco-friendly materials and manufacturing techniques, has gained world-wide attention and has been published in many design magazines internationally, including Elle Decoration, WallPaper*, DesignBoom, MocoLoco, Inhabitat, Gizmodo, Espaces Contemporains, and many more. Her creative works have been juried and exhibited in big international cities such as New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Bangkok, and Tokyo and have been awarded by American Mathematical Society, Niche Awards, Craft Forms, etc. Selected for a traveling exhibit called Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami, one of her large installations was which began its tour in ten museums and art centers in the United States and Canada in January 2015. Most recently awarded, Wu received several grants from Indiana University and one collaborative grant from National Science Foundation for her work related to paper folding.

Sponsored in part by:


two of our own

Speaking of Fibers! 2017

Amanda McCavour, juror

On View:
Nov. 9 – Dec. 15, 2017

Nov. 9 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Juror’s talk during reception at 6 p.m.

Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) presents Speaking of Fibers! 2017 in a biennial show this fall on campus. MoFA members theme challenged “An Altered Environment” in response to human practices which attack the environment from air, water or on ground. Works exhibited range in the broad field of fiber methods, from traditional embroidery or felting, to multi-fiber sculptures.

Amanda McCavour, juror, is a young Canadian fiber artist working with paper and stitched thread work, among numerous materials.

Sponsored in part by:


Sharp Shooters

On View:
March 1 – March 30, 2018


Graphic + Interactive Design 2018 Senior Show

On View:
March 9 – April 1, 2018

March 9 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

The exhibition is located in the Student Gallery of the Design + Visual Art Building on main campus and can be viewed daily from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Participation in the exhibit is a requirement for students earning a BFA degree in Graphic Design or in Interactive Design.

Interior Design Senior Show 2018

On View:
April 20 – May 10, 2018

April 20 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

The exhibition is located in the Student Gallery of the Design + Visual Art Building on main campus and can be viewed daily from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Participation in the exhibit is a requirement for students earning a BFA degree in Interior Design.

Light Shines

MU Student Show 2018
Selection of Design + Visual Art Student Work

On View:
End of May – Aug. 31, 2018

Come experience new views and perspectives created by students at Maryville University.

Morton J. May Foundation Gallery

The late St. Louis businessman and philanthropist, Morton D. May, once exhibited his photographs at Maryville. He later established the Morton J. May Foundation Gallery on campus, in his father’s name. Located on the first floor of the University Library, the Gallery comprises two contemporary rooms of open floor and wall space. Two regional or national artists are typically shown each semester, through exhibits that may include painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, metalwork, photography, illustration and more.