Fall 2021 Exhibitions

Valaria Tatera: Erasure, Visibility and Resilience

Two groups of red ribbons hanging vertically against a white wall.
Valaria Tatera is a Wisconsin based installation artist, activist and lecturer whose work investigates the intersection of ethnicity, gender, commerce, and the environment. An enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Valaria explores self identity and contemporary Indigenous issues such as the impact of colonization on Indigenous Erasure, Visibility and Resilience.
Her intention is “to create a physical manifestation of work that holds visual and personal space for statistics that often erase the individual.” Valaria earned an M.F.A in 3-D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. and B.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She exhibits regionally and nationally at various galleries and institutions. Recently, she was a two time finalist for the Mary Nohl Fellowship, a recipient of a NYC foundation grant and is a co-curator of No More Stolen Sisters.

Gina Adams: Broken Treaty Quilts and Languages of Healing

Colorful fabric letters that say Treaty with the Chippewa against a white quilted background

Gina Adams's work focuses on the loss and subsequent reclamation of identity and history through story telling. Each human life can explore many journeys, both physical and spiritual into rich history of the past and present. The journey of continuing to learn one's familiar language is one such journey. The path of artistic creativity through research and the discourse of colonial actions that occurred historically is another. The path of wanting to heal the country of its scars is evident in Adams's Broken Treaty Quilts, in which she meticulously stitches the text of broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes onto antique quilts. Through a contemplative daily artistic practice, Adams creates a unique visual language in her Lace Bead Heritage series and in works in encaustic. For each work in these series, Adams, a research-based artist, looks at the attributes of the language and draws upon specific cultural materials found when working in museum archives. Each archival research is personal but the result is meant for a greater audience, so that they individuals viewing the artwork can ponder what was lost and what can be gained if we all take a part in this cultural healing together.

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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.

Fall 2021
Exhibitions Open: 
September 25 – November 19

Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m.


We ask off-campus guests to submit a request here to visit the Fall 2021 exhibitions.


Wriston Art Galleries are open to the LU Campus Community without an appointment. 

  • 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