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July 15 - August 16, 2015

Wriston Summer Exhibition Series: The Artwork of Warrington Colescott

The satirical wit and vivid imagination of Wisconsin-based printmaker Warrington Colsecott will be featured in Lawrence University’s second annual summer exhibition series at the Wriston Art Center Galleries. The galleries’ summer series is designed to engage the Fox Valley community in a conversation about artworks and artists of the Midwest.

With an international reputation for his innovative techniques, Colescott has applied his unique interpretative skills to historical and contemporary subject matter ranging from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the on-field dominance of the Green Bay Packers. Much if his work explores themes centered around politics, the follies and horrors of war, abuse of power and weatlth and relationships between men and women.

In addition to highlights from Lawrence’s own permanent collection, the exhibition also includes Colescott’s complete “History of Printmaking” series, in which he blends historical information on the development of printmaking techniques with his own humorous interpretations of events.A one-time political cartoonist and former professor at the University of Wisconsin, where he taught for 37 years, Colescott, now 94, makes his home in Hollandale, Wis.

About the Wriston Art Center 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
noon - 4 p.m.

Special Events

Art @ Noon, noon-12:20 p.m., meet in the Wriston Art Center Lobby
Join us for a 20-minute tour of the exhibitions in the Wriston Art Galleries. Each tour will be unique!
August 13, 2015 – “The Artwork of Warrington Colescott”
September 24, 2015
October 15, 2015
November 12, 2015
January 21, 2016
February 18, 2016
March 10, 2016
April 14, 2016
May 5, 2016
July 21, 2016
August 11, 2016

All events are free and open to the public

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