Current & Upcoming Exhibitions


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.

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

Senior Art Show 2016 Opening Reception, Friday, May 27 at 6 PM


Extended Hours for Graduation & Reunion Weekends
Friday, June 10 & Saturday, June 11: 10 AM to 6 PM
Friday, June 17 & Saturday, June 18: 10 AM to 6 PM


Art on the Town, organized by Appleton Downtown, Inc.
Friday June 17, 6-9 PM


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!
June 2, 2016 - special Senior Art Show edition with Aleisha Barton '16
July 21, 2016
August 11, 2016


All events are free and open to the public.


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