Current and Upcoming Exhibitions


January 15 – March 13, 2016

An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art, Leech, Hoffmaster & Kohler Galleries

Curated by Professors Rob Neilson (studio art) & Ben Tilghman (art history)


Over the past ten years, a growing number of artists have been creating works of unabashed beauty, a marked reversal from the denigration of beauty often evident in previous decades. Many of these artists pursue beauty through patterns, either via abstract design or representational imagery. An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art brings together five nationally recognized artists who explore the ways which pattern, beauty, and craft intersect. Together, they not only highlight the many forms that beauty can take, but also point towards complex cultural themes such as ethnic identity, gender, and humans’ relationship with the natural world. These are works that challenge the mind as they delight they eye.



Anila Quayyum Agha

Jennifer Angus

Michelle Grabner

Heather McGill

Tony Orrico


April 1 – May 8, 2016

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

On loan from the Portrait Society Gallery

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.





The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt and Photography, Hoffmaster Gallery
 On loan from the Wisconsin Historical Society

 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.



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 In a tryst of abbreviation, public displays of affection inhabit the same letters as the now superseded personal digital assistant.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.


July 15 – August 14, 2016

Wriston Summer Exhibition Series: Schomer Litchner and Ruth Grotenrath, Leech and Hoffmaster Galleries

Schomer Litchner (1905-2006) and Ruth Grotenrath (1912-1988) were known as Wisconsin’s  "first couple of painting." This exhibition will showcase works in the Lawrence University permanent art collection, which were donated by the Kohler Foundation, Inc. of Kohler, WI.

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