Wally Douma Student Art Gallery

Student Art Galleries

The Wally Douma Student Art Gallery is an art gallery in the hallways and public spaces of the 9th floor of 333 East Campus Mall. The gallery is named for Wally Douma, the first Director of the Office of Student Financial Aids which he helped to establish and open in 1964 at UW-Madison. In addition to serving as Director from 1964-1994, Wally spent more than 50 years on campus and is considered a founder, trailblazer, and national leader in the financial aid profession. We continue to be guided by his passionate service through our commitment to position students at the center of our “Forward Focus.”

The Murray 21 Student Art Gallery is an art gallery located in the hallways and public spaces of the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors of 21 N. Park Street. The gallery name is inspired by Murray Street, the former name of East Campus Mall as the east side of the 21 N. Park Street building is adjacent to East Campus Mall.

2022-23 Academic Year - Call for Art

The Wally Douma Student Art Gallery and the Murray 21 Student Art Gallery are accepting submissions to be displayed on the walls of the 9th Floor of 333 East Campus Mall as well as the 5th thru 7th Floors of 21 N. Park Street, from October 2023 thru April 2024.

The submission deadline is extended to October 20, 2023.

The call is open to all artists with preference given to current UW-Madison or Madison College students. A student jury will award a $500 scholarship for the best entry and $250 scholarships for two runners-up (UW-Madison students only).

The exhibition will highlight original fine art. There is limited space for sculptural work in addition to 2D pieces.

The theme for the gallery is community: art should showcase what that means to you and/or to the communities we belong to.

The exhibit jury is composed of a team of at least four UW-Madison students under the direction of the Lead Curator of the Gallery.

To be considered, please provide:

  • A maximum of 6 works of art (up to 3 images per piece) titled LastName_Piece# (e.g. Doe_02)
  • A written list of submissions, including title, date, dimensions, and medium
  • An artist bio that can be displayed along with the work

Please submit all documents to art.gallery@finaid.wisc.edu by October 20, 2023.

Important Disclaimers: All art will be exhibited in the hallways and public spaces of the 9th floor of 333 East Campus Mall or the 5th thru 7th floors of 21 N. Park Street. Pieces can arrive wall-ready or framed upon delivery by the OSFA. The office is open during building hours. There is no security system present for the selected works, though the office does not present a clear danger to the proposed works of art. Artists absorb all risk to the exhibited artwork. The pieces exhibited do not reflect the values and mission of the OSFA or the greater University of Wisconsin-Madison. They serve to further a mission of artistic integration in administrative spaces and the creation of student artist and curatorial opportunities.