Current & Upcoming Exhibitions


Construction update (Aug. 16):

The Wriston Art Galleries are OPEN today!

We will be open late (until 8 p.m.) for



Enter the north side of the Wriston Art Center from the Lawe St side - you can admire one half of our newly poured walkway.


Wriston Summer Exhibition Series

Artist & Collector:

La Vera Pohl

July 12 - August 18

Paul Klee, Rising Sun, 1919

Paul Klee, Rising Sun, 1919, watercolor


Click here for information about the 2019-20

exhibitions in the Wriston Art Galleries


There is a new online catalog with information and images of the Lawrence University Ottilia Buerger '38 and Classics Department Coin Collections

Silver Didrachm of Neapolis, Campania, c. 241 BCE

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 is made up of three exhibition spaces that change five times a year. The Galleries present exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists, selections from the permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and the Annual Senior Art Show. The Galleries are an interdisciplinary space, striving to connect to all areas of campus: music, the hard and social sciences, the humanities, and the fine arts.

The Wriston Art Galleries Permanent Collection has been built primarily through donations from generous alumni and friends of Lawrence University. The collection contains more than 5,800 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 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

Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m.

Wriston Auditorium


Friday, Sept. 27 

Talk at 6 p.m., reception with refreshments to follow


Talk by Dr. Ahna Skop

UW-Madison Genetics

“Too creative for science?”

Monday, Nov. 11, 3:10 p.m.


Art @ Noon, 12:00 noon

Join us for a 20-minute lunchtime tour of the exhibitions in the Wriston Art Galleries:


October 3

October 31

November 21


January 23

February 20

March 12

April 9

May 7

June 18

July 16

August 13


All events are free and open to the public.

  • Classes welcome at the Wriston Art Galleries
  • Print Viewing Session in the Quirk Print Gallery
  • Visit the Wriston Art Galleries
  • Explore the Wriston Art Galleries' collection
  • Senior Art Show 2015