Janalyn Hanson White Gallery

The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery provides high quality visual art experiences to the students, faculty, and staff of Mount Mercy University as well as Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities. It serves as a special venue to showcase our Mount Mercy Senior Thesis exhibitions, local high school talent, and the work of many regional and nationally known artists.

About the Gallery

Thanks to a generous endowment from the Tim and Jan White family, the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery in lower McAuley Hall is constantly improving.

The gallery was recently renovated, giving it a clean new look with resurfaced permanent walls and several movable walls which provide new ways to display work in the space. Since it is intended as a teaching tool, we invite artists of national reputation who work in a variety of media. These artists often come to meet with students and give a lecture during the exhibit's reception.

The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery has had the opportunity to host exhibitions in painting, drawing, digital video interactive works, installation, fiber arts, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and video by artists from around the world—notably New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Mexico, London, and Los Angeles.

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Spring 2022 Exhibits

Senior Thesis Show

This exhibit features artwork by Mount Mercy University Art & Design students who are in their final year of school. Multiple students will each set up their own work in a segment of the gallery. The seniors are Ayra Aminuddin, Ayla Boylen, Ashley Dietze, and Brianna Ostwinkle.

This exhibit will be showing from April 18 to May 15. A reception will be held in the gallery on Sunday, April 24 from 5:00-6:00 PM with food and drink. All are welcome to attend.


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Artist Gail Chavenelle has been working for more than 20 years to help us celebrate, give thanks, mourn, laugh and sing. Her work is made from flat sheets of steel by folding, cutting and bending them to create 3D sculptures. 

This exhibit will be open from January 31 to February 25. A reception will be held Thursday, February 17 from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery.

MMU InstagramJam 2022

This show is comprised of work submitted by MMU students, alumni, staff, and faculty using Instagram as a way of sharing their images. Some of the submitted works will be printed while others will be shown digitally on TV slideshows.

This exhibit will be showing from March 7 to April 1. A reception will be held on Thursday, March 31 from 4:00-6:00 PM in the gallery.