2013-2014 Exhibitions

September 27 – November 27 

Leech Gallery: 

Capturing Modernity: Art, Fashion, and Artifice
Curated by Elizabeth Carlson, Associate Professor of Art History. A look at the connections between turn of the century fashion and burgeoning modernity.


Hoffmaster Gallery:

Alison Stehlik: Where-House
Where-House explores the relationship between the architectural space that is a home, and the products and possessions that fill that space. Packaging crowds the visual backdrop of our day-to-day routine.  It sits on our tabletops, it fills our cupboards, it occupies our purses and our luggage; an assortment of products and brands color the visual landscape of our homes. Meanwhile the actual structures that we live in become more and more derivative, as homes are produced ‘factory style’ in subdivisions and planned communities. As our homes, and the things within our homes become more and more alike, I wonder if we are losing our connection to the place where we live in favor of the space that we live in.


Kohler Gallery:

Stephanie J. Williams: Homegrown
Washington D.C. based artist Stephanie Williams is interested in the process of reconstitution in which mundane experiences and scenes form potential oddity. The Anomaly Portrait series, sculpture and installation examines themes of body topography, play, home, and pose. The work tends to amalgamate the senses of the human form, taking something familiar and reconfiguring it into alien territory. Through a changed context, these disparate parts become fetish or exotic object allowing you to look at what is uncomfortable to see, to tie a cute bow around something grotesque and to have accessibility to anomaly. These works collect gaps in understanding and reorient in order to create myth. They extend a hand that provides context in which our bodies experience and understand the world around us.


January 17 – March 16 

Leech Gallery:

Out of Place: The Obsolescence of Artifacts
Organized by students in the seminar "Art of Stuff," this exhibition considers our relationship with historical objects. Curated by Amelia Anderson ’14, Kyle Dockery ’15, Sophie Durbin ’14, Abigail Kosberg ’16, Adriane Melchert ’15, Lorraine Skuta ’14, Taylor Winter ’15 and Professor Ben Tilghman.


Hoffmaster Gallery:

Leslie Smith III: Opposing Dysfunction

Leslie Smith III is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. " My studio practice is concentrated around visual abstraction as a method for communicating stories about everyday human situations involving various types of power relationships. I make both small and large narrative abstract paintings in addition to works on papers." - Leslie Smith III



Kohler Gallery:

Sandra Dyas: my eyes are not shut

"Drawn to people and environments and especially light, my camera is a way of recording life as I see it. I strive to create a collaborative and authentic portrait of the ever-changing, strange and beautiful world we live in. This book is a collection of people, places and things I want to hold on to and remember." - Sandy Dyas


March 28 – May 4 

Leech Gallery:

Man Up! Masculine Archetypes in Visual Art

This exhibition examines representations of twentieth-century responses to the Self-Made Man: the Cowboy, the Scholar, the Soldier, and the Athlete. As culturally constructed and ubiquitous symbols of masculinity with easily recognizable attributes, these archetypes shape and encourage certain forms of gender performance. The exhortation man up! also gestures to the intense pressure to conform to social ideals of masculinity, as the subjects of the artworks attempt to do. And yet, as some of these representations suggest, contradiction, instability, and failure exist within even the manliest attempts at masculine gender performance.


Hoffmaster Gallery: 

Shawn Sheehy: 2D. 3D. 4D. 5D?

THE MESSAGE: My artist books explore the dynamic ecologies that operate in both wild and cultured environments. In the wild, I'm interested in the feedback loops that maintain healthy proportions among carnivores, herbivores and plants in a given ecosystem. I suspect that adopting these wild-world ecologies might be useful in our efforts as humans to live sustainably, and they might serve as antidote to a Western production model that requires growth, expansion and an ever-increasing profit margin. I also enjoy studying the ways in which biological evolution and cultural evolution inform each other.


THE MEDIUM: Artists' books uniquely communicate through image, text and structure. Pop-ups exploit the expressive potential of a book's structure. They provide the sculptor the opportunity to create 3D form and they provide the engineer the challenge of bringing those forms to life. Pop-up books are powerfully sneaky; they knowingly cultivate the 'unsuspecting audience.' Pop-up books attract adults with as much ease as they attract children, and provide the perfect vessel for exploring the content that exists in the borderlands between youth culture and adult culture.


Kohler Gallery:

Carol Emmons: Cosmogony 2.0

Where do we come from?

This question echoes through time and space, asked and answered across wide-ranging cultures, eras, and places. “Cosmogony” literally means the begetting of the universe, and Cosmogony 2.0 re-imagines the origins of the cosmos—albeit as the product of a somewhat maladroit tinkerer’s workshop.


This installation embraces varied creation stories and systems of knowledge. Much like the stars scattered throughout the night sky, we seemingly come from everywhere and from nowhere: from chaos, from a silvery egg, from ice, from earth and saliva, from mud, from tears.


May 24 - July 18

2014 Senior Art Show

An exhibition of works by Lawrence University’s senior studio art majors.


July 30 – August 17

Leech and Hoffmaster Galleries:

Wriston Summer Exhibition Series: The Artwork of Tom & Margaret Dietrich

The Wriston Summer Exhibition Series is an annual summer exhibition in the Wriston Art Center Galleries intended to engage the Fox Valley community in a conversation about artworks and artists of the Midwest.

For the inaugural exhibition in the series, the Galleries will  feature the work of Thomas M. Dietrich, Artist-in-Residence at Lawrence University from 1944 to 1974, and his wife, artist Margaret Rappe Dietrich, LU Class of 1936. In addition to paintings and drawings on loan from local collections, the exhibition will help visitors explore and appreciate even more of the Dietrich's artworks around the Fox Valley.