Fall Term Exhibitions

September 29 to November 19, 2017


Mirth & Melancholy: The Circus in Modern Art

Leech Gallery

Louis-Paul Favre, Harlequin, 1948Artists frequently portrayed clowns, harlequins, and acrobats in their work to protest traditional artistic values and to symbolize their loneliness within the modern world. With the rapid industrialization of the West in the late 19th century, theatres, cafes, cabarets, and circuses became popular places of leisure among all social classes. However, the circus also revealed the darker side of the modern age.

The prints and paintings featured in this exhibition show artists’ fascination with the circus. While some express the entertaining and lighter side of the circus, others depict a more melancholy scene. Often, these two sides are represented in tandem, reflecting the artists’ own contradictory feelings about the rapidly changing world around them.

Curated by Kali Steinberg '17



Our Trans Family

Hoffmaster Gallery

An exhibit of over 20 photographs of transgender people and their families. This project is a partnership with Cream City Foundation, the major financial supporter for the project. Additional support has been provided by Diverse and Resilient and the Mary Nohl Foundation which identified the photographers as "Artists in Residence." More on Our Trans Family and other works produced by "For Good" Photography is here.



Patrick Earl Hammie, Aureole

Kohler Gallery

An Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Patrick’s work in painting and drawing focuses on portraits and the figure. He has recently shown his work at the Kruger Gallery, the Greymatter Gallery, and Aureus Contemporary in NYC.

Winter Term Exhibitions

January 12 to March 9, 2018


Through the Lens: Recent Acquisitions in Photography

Leech Gallery


New photography in the Lawrence University art collection, including works from The Museum Project by artists Robert von Sternberg, Sheila Pinkel, Darryl Curran, and Todd Walker, and work by LU studio art faculty J. Shimon & J. Lindemann.







The Light in Cuban Eyes:
Selections from the Madeleine P. Plon­sker Collection of Contemporary Cuban Photography

Hoffmaster Gallery

Liudmilla & Nelson, El Viaje

This exhibition will feature a selection of works from the collection of Madeleine P. Plonsker, which is focused on contemporary Cuban photography from 1992 to the present.

Friday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Artist talk by Nelson Ramírez de Arellano, Director of the Fototeca de Cuba



Pulped Under Pressure

Kohler Gallery


Co-curated by artists Reni Gower and Melissa Potter, this exhibition will feature contemporary examples of papermaking art.

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

A catalog was published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition is available here via blurb.com and an essay, "Paper with a Purpose" by Ashley Kistler, is available as a pdf here.

Spring Term Exhibitions

March 29 to May 6, 2018

Art of the Book

Leech Gallery


This exhibition will highlight the growing collection of artist books in the Seeley G. Mudd Library's collection. View the entire collection on Artstor (campus log-in required).





Unto Itself: New work by Zina Mussmann

Hoffmaster Gallery


Zina Mussman will exhibit a new body of work in watercolor, gouache, ink and graphite on paper that recalls scientific imagery and addresses our relationship to the autopoietic systems in the world around us.








Anna Campbell: Apparatus for a Dream Sequence

Kohler Gallery

Anna Campbell, Chosen Name


Sculptor Anna Campbell is an Associate Professor of Art & Design at Grand Valley State University. Her research-based practice employs props, scaffold and trusswork to support models of representation for queer forms that challenge the gaze of classifying taxonomies.

2018 Senior Art Show

2018 Senior Art Show Postcard Image

May 25 to July 1, 2018

Leech, Hoffmaster, and Kohler Galleries

An exhibition of works by Lawrence University’s 2018 senior studio art majors.




Wriston Summer Exhibition Series

July 13 to August 19, 2018

The Artwork of Joseph Friebert

Leech and Hoffmaster Galleries

Joseph Friebert, Untitled drawingBorn in Buffalo, New York, Joseph Friebert grew up in Milwaukee in a Jewish working class family. A sense of loss and vulnerability after two World Wars, the Great Depression, and the Cold War permeate Friebert's artworks, but they also reflect the beauty and range of human experience. This exhibition will showcase works by Friebert in the Lawrence University permanent art collection that were donated by the Kohler Foundation, Inc. of Kohler, WI.

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