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 In a tryst of abbreviation, public displays of affection inhabit the same letters as the now superseded personal digital assistant.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







July 15 – August 14, 2016

Wriston Summer Exhibition Series: Schomer Litchner and Ruth Grotenrath

Leech and Hoffmaster Galleries

The Wriston Summer Exhibition Series is an annual summer exhibition intended to engage the Fox Valley community in a conversation about artworks and artists of the Midwest.

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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