2015-2016 Exhibitions

September 18 – November 25

Leech Gallery:

Social In/Justice

The Social In/Justice print portfolio focuses on unfair acts, inequalities, and restrictions to individuals or groups of people. Each artist was asked to react to and personalize challenges to societal norms through a variety of print techniques.



Hoffmaster and Kohler Galleries:

Beauty and Terror, Compassion and Despair: The Collages of Miriam Beerman

Miriam Beerman is a prolific American artist whose work reveals her deep emotional responsiveness to the tragedies of the human experience, both historical and modern. The collage work highlights her sympathetic preoccupation with injustice and tragedy through the visual expression of strong emotions, as well as her quick intellect, her erudition, her sense of humor, and, importantly, her intuitive, spontaneous artistic process.


Additional Events:
Screening of the documentary film Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos and discussion with the director, Jonathan Gruber, Warch Campus Center Cinema, Oct. 7, 5:00-6:45  PM


Screening of the documentary film Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos and discussion with Dr. Susan McFadden of the Fox Valley Memory Project and Director Jonathan Gruber, Appleton Public Library, Oct. 8, 6:00-8:00 PM


Art of Conversation event with humanities experts from Lawrence University and Post-Crescent staff moderator, Trout Museum of Art, Saturday, October 17, 1:00-2:00 PM


Lawrence University is pleased to partner with the Appleton Public Library and the Trout Museum of Art to present community programs in conjunction with this exhibition. This project is made possible by generous grants from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and the Bemis Company Foundation.

In addition, the project is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.


The Wriston Art Galleries staff would also like to thank Miriam Beerman's son, William Jaffe, and his family for their time, generosity, and support of this exhibition and programming.


January 15 – March 13

Leech, Hoffmaster and Kohler Galleries:

An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art

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...

March 31 – May 8

Leech Gallery:

Certificates of Presence: The Photography of Livija Patikne

Organized by Debra Brehmer of the Portrait Society Gallery and photographer Jim Brozek. Livija Patikne was born in Riga, Latvia, on December 21, 1911; she died in Milwaukee on February 17, 2001. There seemed to be no surviving relatives to tell us much about this woman’s life. But over a number of years in the 1950s and 1960s, she repeatedly took photographs of carefully composed flower arrangements as well as portraits of herself in different guises. More...




Hoffmaster Gallery: 

The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt and Photography

This exhibition celebrates the work of Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992),  an archivist, photographer, and visionary who sought new ways to understand the world through visual images. In 1954 he was hired by the Wisconsin Historical Society to curate and organize a treasure trove of images and photographs that became known as the Iconographic Collections. Sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. More...


Kohler Gallery:

Jill H. Casid, Kissing on Main Street

Kissing on Main Street aims the instant-developing Polaroid camera at the four-way intersection of sex, imaging technology, vulnerable exposure, and policing that is public intimacy. In a tryst of abbreviation, public displays of affection inhabit the same letters as the now superseded personal digital assistant. Taking advantage of the coincidence of consonants that marks the ways in which public intimacy is transacted through the technologically mediated image, Kissing on Main Street turns the space of gallery installation into a site for negotiating the difficult sensations but also the political possibilities of public intimacy. Embedding the fleeting pulse of feeling into the technological, the instant-developing Polaroid, by its evasion of the public dark room, enabled the recording of erotic acts that challenge everyday policing of the norms of sex. In its condensation of the taking, making, and sharing of images as linked acts, the Polaroid performs as a vehicle of public intimacy in ways that are analogous to the smart phone devices and their embedded cameras. More...

May 27 – July 3

2016 Senior Art Show

The annual exhibition of artwork by Lawrence University's senior studio art majors.




July 15 – August 14

Leech and Hoffmaster Galleries:

Wriston Summer Exhibition Series: Schomer Lichtner and Ruth Grotenrath

Ruth Grotenrath, Untitled, 1969The Wriston Summer Exhibition Series is an annual summer exhibition intended to engage the Fox Valley community in a conversation about artworks and artists of the Midwest.

Schomer Lichtner (1905-2006) and Ruth Grotenrath (1912-1988) were known as Wisconsin’s "first couple of painting." This exhibition will showcase works in the Lawrence University permanent art collection, which were donated by the Kohler Foundation, Inc. of Kohler, WI.