Alumna Brings Gallery Space to Armstrong Student Center

Exhibition showcases work from current and former Miami students

Miami alumna Allison Dykes returned to her former Oxford campus grounds to open a two-week pop-up gallery in the newly opened Armstrong Student Center East Wing. The gallery exhibition is the first step to a long running dream of Dykes’ for Go-Go Gallery. It is an exhibition that showcases work from both current and former Miami students under the theme "Fractals & Abstractions." With the help of her former professor Todd Stuart, Dykes set out to do fundraising, reached out to artists, and hired gallery attendants. The exhibition is currently being held in Swoop Shop, a place where students can rent space to sell their own merchandise.      

Until recently Go-Go Gallery was merely a dream for Dykes. She wanted to create a gallery space that connected artists to a central theme therefore getting them involved with the showcase in more ways than just showing off their works. The gallery exhibition started as an idea mentioned in a class with Stuart, her professor and mentor of two years, and has transformed into a reality. Dykes reached out to students seeking to be involved in the field of art and offered them an experience they don’t necessarily have with current campus galleries unless associated with particular classes. From there a call was made for artists. Dykes was seeking those who wanted to get the chance to shine in their own exhibitions as well as those who wanted to share the artistic talents of students who may not always have the chance to display their works. Thus Go-Go Gallery was born.

The exhibition opened Sept. 15 and runs through Sept. 29. The hours are as follows:

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Wednesday
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday

The gallery is entirely student run as the gallery attendants submitted applications for the position. All work is created by Miami University students, past and present, bringing together old and new. The gallery acts as a way for students to receive real world gallery experience in a centralized campus location. Stop by the gallery to see all the amazing work everyone has created!