Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Click here for information about the
2017-2018 exhibitions

in the Wriston Art Galleries

Reinaldo Echemendía Cid, Con-Tracción


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 Center 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 Center Galleries is made up of three exhibition spaces of ascending size: the Leech, Hoffmaster and Kohler Galleries.  During the academic year, the galleries present several exhibitions of regional and national significance featuring the work of contemporary artists, selections from the Permanent Collection, and examples of anthropological and ethnographic objects, as well as the Annual Senior Art Show.

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 3,000 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 May, 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

Poetry Reading: Heather Dobbins

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:00 p.m.

Wriston Art Galleries


Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m.

Paper Discovery Center, 425 W. Water St, Appleton

This exhibition and community programs are generously supported by AZCO, Inc.


Spring Exhibitions - Opening Reception

Thursday, March 29

Artist lecture by Anna Campbell at 6 p.m.

Reception with refreshments to follow

Wriston Art Galleries


Lecture by independent curator Joan Rothfuss

Tuesday, April 10, time TBA

Wriston Auditorium

Supported by the Jordan Fund for the Arts


Poetry Reading: Anne Barngrover

Monday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.

Wriston Art Galleries


Part of LU Classics Week

Thursday, April 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Quirk Print Study Room (Wriston 227)


Art @ Noon, 12:00 noon

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

February 15

March 8

April 5

May 3

June 14

July 19

August 9


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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