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The Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery presents contemporary art exhibitions and educational programs that provide visitors access to the art of our times. The Shaw Gallery aspires to engage a diverse audience, create a sense of community, provide insight into the creative process and challenge visitors to contemplate, discuss and understand the historical, social and cultural context of contemporary art. It serves the Department of Visual Art and Design, Weber State University and the community of Northern Utah by presenting the work of local, regional and nationally recognized artists, including new work, emerging media and original scholarship.

Our work is made possible through generous support from:

  • The Weber State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities
  • The Mark E. & Lola G. Austad Endowment for Visual Arts
  • The Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation
  • Weber County RAMP tax initiative
  • The Val A. Browning Charitable Foundation
  • Ogden City Arts
  • Jim & MaryAnn Jacobs
  • Jack & Bonnie Wahlen

Dumke Arts Plaza

Through a partnership with Ogden City, the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery curates rotating, outdoor exhibitions at the Dumke Arts Plaza in downtown Ogden. These exhibitions showcase the work of regional, national and international artists and share world-class art with the community in a dynamic, outdoor civic space.  Learn more about Dumke Arts Plaza here.


Private donations are an integral funding resource for annual programming at the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery. To donate to the Shaw Gallery for specific programming or general operating expenses, please contact the Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities Senior Development Director Kristin Wojciechowski, at 801-626-7209, or


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Lydia Gravis

Director of Art Exhibitions & Public Programs

Lydia is the Director of Art Exhibitions & Public Programs for the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery. She began working for Weber State University in 2007 as the arts outreach manager for the Department of Visual Art and Design and during that time she developed programs to provide underserved youth opportunities to visit the Shaw Gallery through field trip and off-site outreach programs for K-12 youth in Weber County. In 2014 Lydia became Shaw Gallery Director, and has spent the last seven years leading efforts to challenge and inspire gallery visitors through exhibitions and programs featuring the work of local, national, and internationally recognized artists and curators. She earned her B.A. in painting and drawing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. in 2003 and her MFA in visual art from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2013. She lives and works in Ogden, Utah, with her husband and two children.

Molly Painter

Exhibitions Manager

Molly Painter is the exhibitions manager for the Shaw Gallery and joined the team full time in July 2021 after working as an independent contractor for various exhibitions since 2015. Molly has a background in visual art and craft, and received her B.F.A. from the Oregon College of Art & Craft in 2004. She brings a variety of experience to her role at the Shaw Gallery, including her professional background as a studio assistant, set fabricator, art handler, art transporter and exhibition installation assistant. In 2013, Molly received her M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Deeply inspired by the American West and natural history, her own artwork combines disparate media to create sculptural effects that mimic nature and yet hold very little in common with it. Molly recently moved to Utah from Los Angeles, and looks forward to exploring more of the intermountain west.