The Wriston Art Center Galleries are an integral part of Lawrence University’s vibrant academic community. The Galleries are dedicated to enhancing a Lawrence education through exhibitions, student internships, object study sessions, research opportunities, visiting artist lectures, gallery tours, and other opportunities and events.
The Wriston Art Center Galleries staff are eager to assist all Lawrence University faculty with integrating objects and works of art from its collections into their courses and research. Please contact the Director and Curator, Beth A. Zinsli, if you are interested in learning more about the Galleries’ research and teaching resources.
The Wriston Art Center Galleries offers internships in museum and gallery work to Lawrence University students. Interns will receive hands-on experience in collections care and management, learn exhibition and installation practices, conduct research on visual and cultural objects, curate exhibitions, and explore issues relating to museum governance, politics, and education. The internship positions run during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Terms.
Eligible students should be declared in a major area applicable to museum work and demonstrate an interest in museum professions. Student interns must be available for a minimum of 5 hours per week, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Please contact the Gallery and Collections Coordinator, Leslie Walfish, for open internship positions, requirements, and application information.
Object Study Sessions:
An object study session is a unique opportunity for Lawrence University students and faculty from any department or area, as well as other approved scholars, to research original works of art and cultural objects from the Wriston Art Center Galleries’ permanent collection in person.
How to arrange an object study session:
Arrange an appointment with the Collections Coordinator, Leslie Walfish, in person at the Quirk Print Study room, located in the Wriston Art Center, by phone at (920) 832-6890, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sessions may be scheduled on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Groups and classes must arrange object study sessions in advance. Please make object study session appointments at least two days prior to the intended visit. If you need to cancel your object study session, please call at least 24 hours before the appointment time.
When arranging an appointment for a study session, please include a list of the artists, artworks, or objects you are interested in researching. Please visit the Collection page for an outline of the Galleries’ major collections and a link to our ARTStor archive. You may also contact the Collections Coordinator for guidance and suggestions.
The Collections Coordinator reserves the right to deny any object viewing request or session due to scheduling conflicts or the condition of the work.
As part of our educational initiatives, the Wriston Art Center Galleries regularly present lectures by featured artists and scholars in conjunction with exhibition opening events. Please see the Exhibitions page or the Lawrence University Calendar for more detailed event information.
The Lawrence University Art & Art History Department frequently works with the Galleries to arrange additional events with visiting artists and guest speakers on campus, including seminars, student critiques, demonstrations, and the annual Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop.
The Wriston Art Center Galleries offers school groups and other organizations guided tours of its exhibitions during our regular hours. Please contact the Galleries’ staff by phone or email to schedule a tour and visit our Exhibitions page to see what is currently on view. The preferred group size for a gallery tour is 10-25 people and cannot exceed 80 people.
Groups will be expected to observe standard museum etiquette guidelines during their visit to ensure the safety of the works of art and provide comfortable viewing conditions for all visitors. Museum etiquette includes the following:
- Do not eat, drink, or smoke in the Galleries
- Do not touch or lean against works of art, pedestals, frames, or cases
- Refrain from running, pushing, shoving, or other physical acts that may endanger works of art or other visitors
- Use graphite pencils and remain at least two feet from a work while sketching or writing
- Comply with any instructions given by the tour guide or gallery attendant