Current & Upcoming Exhibitions


July 15 – August 14, 2016

Wriston Summer Exhibition Series: Schomer Lichtner 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 Lichtner (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.



Click here for information about the 2016-2017 exhibitions

in the Wriston Art Galleries.


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

Art on the Town, organized by Appleton Downtown, Inc.
Friday, July 15, 6-9 PM


Art @ Noon, 12:00 noon, meet in the Wriston Art Center Lobby
Join us for a unique 20-minute lunchtime tour of the exhibitions in the Wriston Art Galleries.
July 21, 2016
August 11, 2016
September 29, 2016
October 27, 2016
November 17, 2016
January 19, 2017
February 16, 2017
March 9, 2017
April 6, 2017
May 4, 2017
June 1, 2017
July 20, 2017
August 10, 2017



All events are free and open to the public.


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