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Join us for our next exhibitions September 18 - November 25:

Social In/Justice
Leech Gallery
This exhibition features the print portfolio Social In/Justice, organized by Benjamin D. Rinehart in 2014. The portfolio centers on unfair acts, inequalities, and restrictions to individuals or groups of people. Each artist was asked to react to and personalize challenges to societal norms. Artists Kimberly Paul Arp, Brandon Bauer, Lisa Bigalke, Jim Bryant, Karla Hackenmiller, Nicole Hand, Melissa Harshman, Anita Jung, Brian Kelly, Traci Molloy, Nancy Palmeri, Kristin Powers Nowlin, Benjamin D. Rinehart, Lyle J. Slami, and Melanie Yassi address issues relating to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status and politics. These artists use their prints to promote discourse and bring attention to marginalized groups.

Gallery Talk, Leech Gallery, September 18, 6 p.m.
Benjamin Rinehart, Associate Professor of Art at Lawrence University, and Brandon Bauer, Assistant Professor of Art at St. Norbert College, will speak about organizing and creating prints for the Social In/Justice portfolio.


Beauty and Terror, Compassion and Despair: The Collages of Miriam Beerman
Hoffmaster and Kohler Galleries
Miriam Beerman is a prolific American painter, printmaker, and mixed-media artist whose work reveals her deep emotional responsiveness to the tragedies of the human experience, both historical and modern. The exhibition presents her diverse mixed-media collage production within an aesthetic, art historical, and technical context. Ms. Beerman’s collage work highlights her sympathetic preoccupation with injustice and tragedy through the visual expression of strong emotions, as well as her quick intellect, her erudition, her sense of humor, and, importantly, her intuitive, spontaneous artistic process. Comprised of fragments of her own paintings, new drawings, hand-written quotes, photographs, and other found materials, the gestural energy of the collages mirrors Ms. Beerman’s expressionistic painting technique, but with an even greater emphasis on texture, visual depth, and narrative.


Please join us in thanking our partners and donors!

Lawrence University is pleased to partner with the Appleton Public Library and the Trout Museum of Art to present community programs in conjunction with this exhibition. This project is made possible by generous grants from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and the Bemis Company Foundation.

In addition, the project is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

The Wriston Art Galleries staff would like to thank Miriam Beerman's son, William Jaffe, and his family for their time, generosity, and support of this exhibition and programming.

About the Wriston Art Center Galleries

The mission of the Wriston Art Center 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 Center Galleries is 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 more than 3,000 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
noon - 4 p.m.

Special Events

Art @ Noon, noon-12:20 p.m., 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!
October 15, 2015
November 12, 2015
January 21, 2016
February 18, 2016
March 10, 2016
April 14, 2016
May 5, 2016
July 21, 2016
August 11, 2016

Screening of the documentary film Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos and discussion with the director, Jonathan Gruber, Warch Campus Center Cinema, Oct. 7, 5:00-6:45  PM

Screening of the documentary film Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos and discussion with Dr. Susan and John McFadden of the Fox Valley Memory Project and Director Jonathan Gruber, Appleton Public Library, Oct. 8, 6:00-8:00 PM

An Evening of Poetry with John Murillo, October 12, 7 p.m.

Art of Conversation event with humanities experts from Lawrence University and Post-Crescent staff moderator, Trout Museum of Art, Saturday, October 17, 1:00-2:00 PM

All events are free and open to the public

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