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 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 temporary exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists, selections from the art collection, traveling exhibitions, and the Annual Senior Art Show. The Galleries are an interdisciplinary space, striving to connect to all areas of campus: music, sciences, humanities, and fine arts.


The art collection has been built primarily through gifts from generous alumni and friends of Lawrence University. The collection contains more than 5,800 objects - prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture, 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 alumnus 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 Studio Art and Art History Departments.

Hours (during exhibitions)


2021 Senior Art Show  

May 28 – June 25
Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Special Events

No events scheduled


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