Current & Upcoming Exhibitions


March 31 – May 8, 2016

Exhibition opening on Thursday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m.
Artist talk by Jill H. Casid, reception with refreshments to follow


Certificates of Presence: The Photography of Livija Patikne, Leech Gallery

Organized by Debra Brehmer of the Portrait Society Gallery and photographer Jim Brozek

Livija Patikne was born in Riga, Latvia, on December 21, 1911; she died in Milwaukee on February 17, 2001. There seemed to be no surviving relatives to tell us much about this woman’s life. But over a number of years in the 1950s and 1960s, she repeatedly took photographs of carefully composed flower arrangements as well as portraits of herself in different guises. More...




The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt and Photography, Hoffmaster Gallery
Organized by the James Watrous Gallery, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, and the Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Library-Archives.

This exhibition celebrates the work of Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992),  an archivist, photographer, and visionary who sought new ways to understand the world through visual images. In 1954 he was hired by the Wisconsin Historical Society to curate and organize a treasure trove of images and photographs that became known as the Iconographic Collections.

Sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.



Jill H. Casid, Kissing on Main Street, Kohler Gallery

Kissing on Main Street aims the instant-developing Polaroid camera at the four-way intersection of sex, imaging technology, vulnerable exposure, and policing that is public intimacy. In a tryst of abbreviation, public displays of affection inhabit the same letters as the now superseded personal digital assistant. Taking advantage of the coincidence of consonants that marks the ways in which public intimacy is transacted through the technologically mediated image, Kissing on Main Street turns the space of gallery installation into a site for negotiating the difficult sensations but also the political possibilities of public intimacy. Embedding the fleeting pulse of feeling into the technological, the instant-developing Polaroid, by its evasion of the public dark room, enabled the recording of erotic acts that challenge everyday policing of the norms of sex. In its condensation of the taking, making, and sharing of images as linked acts, the Polaroid performs as a vehicle of public intimacy in ways that are analogous to the smart phone devices and their embedded cameras. More...



May 27 – July 3, 2016

Senior Art Majors Exhibition, Leech, Hoffmaster and Kohler Galleries

The annual exhibition of artwork by Lawrence University's senior studio art majors.

Exhibition opening reception with refreshments on Friday, May 27 at 6:00 p.m.


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 are 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 around 4,000 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

Yoga in the Art Galleries, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Mats provided, please bring water in a sealed container
April 18, 2016
April 25, 2016

Exhibition: “Cuba: The Revolution from the Inside”
Photographs by Gustavo Fares,  Professor of Spanish
Warch Campus Center Galleries
May 2-18, 2016

Art @ Noon, 12:00 noon, 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!
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - special tour with LU Archivist Erin Dix '08
May 5, 2016
July 21, 2016
August 11, 2016


All events are free and open to the public.


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