On view now


January 15 – March 13, 2016

An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art

Leech, Hoffmaster & Kohler Galleries

Curated by Professors Rob Neilson (studio art) & Ben Tilghman (art history)













Over the past ten years, a growing number of artists have been creating works of unabashed beauty, a marked reversal from the denigration of beauty often evident in previous decades. Many of these artists pursue beauty through patterns and abstract designs. An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art brings together five nationally recognized artists who explore the ways which pattern, beauty, and craft intersect. Together, they not only highlight the many forms that beauty can take, but also point towards complex cultural themes such as ethnic identity, gender, and humans’ relationship with the natural world. These are works that challenge the mind as they delight they eye. More...


Anila Quayyum Agha

Jennifer Angus

Michelle Grabner

Heather McGill

Tony Orrico


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
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Special Events

Selections from the Estampas de la Revolución Mexicana Portfolio, Mudd Gallery (3rd Floor Mudd Library), February 11-March 11, 2016 Gallery talk on the history and iconography of the Estampas portfolio, Thursday, Feb. 11 at 4:00 PM

Pattern and Music: Performances in the Galleries, Thursday, February 18 at 8:00 PM

Artist Talk by Jennifer Angus, Friday, February 19 at 4:30 PM in Steitz Hall 102, galleries open until 6:00 PM this evening

IGLU and Ensemble Thinking Dance Performance, Wednesday, February 24 at 8:00 PM

Dance Performance: Secondary Surface Rendered, Friday, March 4 at 8:00 PM

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!
February 18, 2016
March 10, 2016
April 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - special tour with LU Archivist Erin Dix '08
May 5, 2016
July 21, 2016
August 11, 2016


All events are free and open to the public.


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