Lawrence University’s Permanent Art Collection contains more than 3,000 items — prints, drawings, paintings, 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. Our holdings include important collections of German Expressionism, Japanese woodblock prints, Oceanic artifacts, linocut prints from Mexico’s Taller de Gráfica Popular, contemporary American prints, and ancient and Byzantine coins.
Among the artists represented in the permanent collection are Thomas Hart Benton, William Adolphe Bouguereau, Warring Colescott, Honore Daumier, Utagawa Hiroshige, Francisco De Goya, Emily Groom, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc, Emile Nolde, Lousie Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Egon Shiele, Paul Signac, John Henry Twachtman, and Grant Wood.
Selections from the permanent collection are regularly featured in exhibitions in the three galleries of the Wriston Art Center. The Lawrence University faculty also routinely incorporate the study of these original works of visual art into their courses and occasionally curate their own exhibitions drawn from the collection to explore important ideas and themes. Lawrence University students and faculty, as well as other approved scholars, have access to the collections for their research. Please contact the Wriston Art Center Galleries staff to arrange a research visit.
University students, faculty, and staff can view selections from the Wriston Art Center Galleries Permanent Collection on ARTStor, a non-profit online digital image library. Off-campus visitors can view the collection on Shared Shelf Commons.