Mission of 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.

Art on display in the Wriston Gallery.

Three Exhibition Spaces


Wriston galleries are comprised of three exhibition spaces and feature work by contemporary artists, selections from the collection, the annual Senior Art Show, and more. An interdisciplinary space, exhibitions strive to connect to curricula in all areas of campus from the College to the Conservatory.

A man in a black t-shirt seen from behind as he holds a magnifying glass up to a drawing with tiny text on a long white piece of paper.

Art Collection


Through gifts from generous alumni and friends of Lawrence University, our art collection contains around 6,000 objects: prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures, as well as print media, coins, textiles, and ritual and vernacular objects.

Past Exhibitions

Wriston exhibition on display
Installation view of The Fine Print, an exhibition of work by women artists in the Dr. Robert Dickens ’63 Collection of Contemporary Art (Winter 2017)
Wriston exhibition on display
Jennifer Angus’s installation in the exhibition An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art (Winter 2016)  
Wriston exhibition on display
Tibetan thangkas in the exhibition Infinite Splendor, Infinite Light (Fall 2019)
Wriston exhibition on display
Michelle Grabner’s paintings in the exhibition An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art (Winter 2016)
Art exhibition on display in Wriston Art Gallery
Installation view of The Fine Print, an exhibition of work by women artists in the Dr. Robert Dickens ’63 Collection of Contemporary Art (Winter 2017)