Arcadia Exhibitions organizes programming for four distinct gallery spaces on Arcadia University’s campus, offering a stimulating roster of individual and thematic exhibitions of contemporary art ranging in scope and stature from the regional to the international. Arcadia's exhibitions regularly travel, often to major museums many times its scale, such as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. With grants from the Center, Arcadia has organized Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn (2009), a traveling survey of the Beijing-based artist’s ceramics and the first museum show of his work outside of New York; JG (2010), a major new film by Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean, shot in Death Valley and the Salt Lake Flats; and Pati Hill: Photocopier (2014), an exhibition of the early artwork of Pati Hill, an American writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s. In 2019, Arcadia received a Center Project grant to produce Polly Apfelbaum: For the Love of Una Hale, an exhibition of new work by award-winning visual artist Polly Apfelbaum, who fuses craft traditions, sculpture, and large-scale installation. In 2020, Arcadia received a Center Project grant to present Sun & Sea, a contemporary Lithuanian opera that addresses ecological concerns through the inner monologues and melodies of a chorus of beachgoers.
Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean conducted site research in the American Southwest for a new 35mm anamorphic film, commissioned by Arcadia University Art Gallery. Inspired by her regard for the dystopian vision and macrocosmic time sense of British writer J.G. Ballard, Dean's film JG was later filmed on location in the saline landscapes of Utah and central California. Following its 2013 presentation at Arcadia, JG toured to various venues in the US, Canada, and Europe.