Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

The Galleries are closed for winter break and installation until Friday, January 11, 2019.

Galleries closed until Jan. 11

Join us January 11 at 6 pm for the Winter 2019 exhibitions opening reception!


Click here for information about the 2018-2019 exhibitions

in the Wriston Art Galleries



There is a new online catalog with information and images of the Lawrence University Ottilia Buerger '38 and Classics Department Coin Collections

Silver Didrachm of Neapolis, Campania, c. 241 BCE

About the Wriston Art Galleries

The mission of the Wriston Art Galleries is to strengthen Lawrence University's liberal arts education and outreach by stimulating thought, inspiring creativity, providing insight, and inviting contemplation by students, faculty, staff, and the community through interaction with the original works of art and cultural objects that the galleries exhibit and collect.

The Wriston Art Galleries is made up of three exhibition spaces that change five times a year. The Galleries present exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists, selections from the permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and the Annual Senior Art Show. The Galleries are an interdisciplinary space, striving to connect to all areas of campus: music, the hard and social sciences, the humanities, and the fine arts.

The Wriston Art Galleries Permanent Collection has been built primarily through donations from generous alumni and friends of Lawrence University. The collection contains more than 5,800 items - prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture, as well as coins, textiles, posters and ritual and vernacular objects - which span historical periods from antiquity to the present and come from all over the world.

Dedicated in 1989, the Wriston Art Center is named for Lawrence University's 8th president, Henry Merritt Wriston (1889-1978; president, 1925-1937). The building was designed by Jefferson Riley, '68, a Lawrence alumni and graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, and Centerbrook Architects. In addition to the galleries and the Quirk Print Study Room, the Wriston Art Center houses the Art & Art History Department.


Tuesday – Friday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Special Events

Friday, Jan. 11, 6-8 pm

Artist Talk by Victoria Kue

Reception with refreshments to follow

Wriston Art Galleries


Saturday, Jan. 12, 2 pm

Appleton Public Library


Tuesday, Jan. 29, 4-4:45 pm

Appleton Public Library


Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6-7 pm

Appleton Public Library


Jordan Fund Visiting Artist: Salvador Jiménez-Flores

Sunday, Feb. 3 - Monday, Feb. 4

More information coming soon!


Poetry Reading: Erica Dawson

Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 pm

Wriston Art Galleries


Downtown Book Club: The Song Poet

by Kao Kalia Yang

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 12-1 pm

Appleton Public Library


Thursday, Feb. 21, 6-7:30 pm

Appleton Public Library, Room C


Storytelling, fun, and food!

Friday, March 1, 6-8 pm

The Draw, 800 S. Lawe St.


Art @ Noon, 12:00 noon

Join us for a 20-minute lunchtime tour of the exhibitions in the Wriston Art Galleries

April 4

May 2

June 13

July 18

August 15


All events are free and open to the public.

  • Classes welcome at the Wriston Art Galleries
  • Print Viewing Session in the Quirk Print Gallery
  • Visit the Wriston Art Galleries
  • Explore the Wriston Art Galleries' collection
  • Senior Art Show 2015

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