2018-2019 Exhibitions

September 21 - November 16

Leech Gallery:

Guercino, study of a standing man, late 1640sThe Thought of the Artist: The Paul and Lee Jackson Collection of Old Master Drawings
In 2017 Paul J. Jackson ’49 and Lee Jackson left Lawrence University an extensive collection of Old Master Drawings, including pieces by Pietro da Cortona, Cornelis Dusart, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Francesco Solimena, and many other artists working in Europe between the 16th and 18th centuries. These drawings – often quick sketches in colored chalk or watercolor – formed the basis of creative production for painters and sculptors. This exhibition will highlight selections from the Jackson Collection and commemorate its addition to the university’s art collection.


Hoffmaster Gallery: 

Hidden Treasures: An Art Nouveau Collection in Wisconsin

Art Nouveau Tile with Dancing FigureCurated by Annemarie Sawkins, PhD
Drawing on the collection of Milwaukee native John S. Winkowski (1944–2014), this exhibition will feature paintings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts from the turn of the 19th century. Examples of Tiffany and Émile Gallé glass, Edouard Drouot bronzes, and prints by Paul Émile Berthon, among many other works, will illuminate the aesthetic and social concerns of the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements in the United States and Europe.


Xiaohong Zhang, Spring Water IV


Kohler Gallery:

Xiaohong Zhang, Reimagining Chinese Urbanity

Artist Xiaohong Zhang was born in Hubei, China and teaches in the Department of Art & Design at UW-Whitewater. She specializes in large-scale northern Chinese style paper cutting. As an artistic tradition, paper cutting dates back to the 6th century, making it one of the oldest art forms in China. In 2007 Zhang started to blend the traditional paper cutting with digital printing on Japanese rice paper, creating stylized depictions of contemporary consumerism and aesthetics. Zhang's work explores the powerful impact of Western cultural dominance on Chinese society.

January 11 - March 8

Leech Gallery:

Antiphonary leaf, 16th centuryMusic & Manuscripts: An Interdisciplinary Exploration
This exhibition features student research on a variety of manuscripts in the Lawrence University art collection that feature music and other non-textual elements. The students explore the chemistry, provenance, and liturgical uses of these manuscripts and there will be performances of the music included in them as well.
Hoffmaster Gallery:
Meghan Sullivan, Dissatisfied, 2016Lawrence University’s Uihlein Fellow of Studio Art and ceramic artist Meghan Sullivan will present new work for this exhibition.
"I travelled to Rome in December of 2017 and this exhibition is heavily influenced by my research there. In Rome, time has a strong presence and the evidence of previous ages is obvious. Living with the layers of time raised questions as to what we choose to preserve, what we decide to value, and the ramifications of these decisions on future generations. There is a need to acknowledge power structures as we frame our personal and cultural histories. These ceramic sculptures are presented as artifacts and icons in order to subvert and question the narrative of the past."

Kohler Gallery:

thaum koj tshwm sim / when you were made: Tshab Her & Victoria Kue

when you were made exhibition
Victoria Kue and Tshab Her are emerging Hmong-American artists whose work addresses the complexities of being second-generation women members of this nationless ethnic minority. Through installation, sculpture, textile, video, and social practice based pieces, they navigate the politics of displacement, the connections between cultural identity and place, the impact of gendered social roles, and the weight of tradition from this unique perspective.
Curated by Kate Mothes, founder of Young Space
More information on the community programs about Hmong culture at the Appleton Public Library and The Draw related to when you when you were made: Victoria Kue & Tshab Her can be found here.

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. This project is also supported by a grant from the Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.


March 28 - May 5

Leech Gallery:

The Watercolors of Corporal John Gaddis: Documenting the Civil War

Corporal John GaddisPart of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s Traveling Exhibits program, this show captures the daily life of a Union army soldier during the 1860s. Corporal John Gaddis created all of the paintings while he was based at Camp Randall and on military campaigns in Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Gaddis, from Dellona, WI, served for three years between 1861 and 1864 as part of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry. A farmer in civilian 
life, he received no formal art training.

Hoffmaster Gallery:

Owen Schuh, Cut four and five, 2018

Owen Schuh, Notation, Expansion

Owen Schuh draws his inspiration from mathematics and complex organic systems. In particular, he is fascinated by simple sets of well-defined rules that generate unexpectedly intricate and nuanced structures. His work is painstakingly created by hand, using at most the aid of a pocket calculator. He has also collaborated with the mathematician Satyan Devadoss, whose research involves data visualization of discrete structures and their underlying topology and geometry.



Mary Griep, The Castillo

Anastylosis: A method of restoring a monument distinguished by often dismantling and, in theory, rebuilding the structure using the original methods and materials.


The Anastylosis Project began in 1998 as 100 small drawings of details of Roman ruins and Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals in France and Italy. The intimacy of the details quite literally drew me into a conversation with the buildings, and I became intrigued by the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experience of sacred spaces.


Over the past twenty one years the intimate small drawings have given way to large-scale meditations on the experience of 11th and 12th century religious buildings. It was the dawn of the Age of Faith, and in cultures across the globe, beautiful and mysterious monuments rose. To date the Anastylosis Project includes; Chartres Cathedral, Angkor Wat, Thatbyinnyu Temple (Buddhist, Myanmar), the Palace of the Governors and The Castillo (Mayan, Mexico), Borgund Stav Church (Norway), St. Dimitrios (Greece), the Ulu Camii (Turkey), the Franziskanerkirche (Austria), San Marco (Venice), the Baptistery of Florence, and La Giralda (Spain). They all have a power that is both intimate and impersonal: they cannot be entirely seen from any single vantage point, they pull a visitor around and through the spaces, as they continue a centuries-old conversation about the nature of human experience and its constant ambition to express and experience the sacred.

May 24 - June 30

2019 Senior Art Show

2019 Senior Art Show Postcard

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

Alexis V. Clodfelter

Ann Connolly
Cassie Gitkin
Elsie A. Tenpas
Emma Fredrickson
Lee Donlon
Madison Whitehead
Miranda Salazar
Morgan Shapiro
Rachel Cole
Sarah Luepker
Siyu Liu
Tess Bourbeau
Yifan Zhang

July 12 - August 18

Leech and Hoffmaster Galleries:

Wriston Summer Exhibition Series: Artist & Collector: La Vera Pohl

Paul Klee, Rising Sun, 1919La Vera Pohl (1901-1981) was a Milwaukee art historian, artist, and collector who studied in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. She collected around 220 prints, paintings, and drawings by early 20th-century German artists at a time when most Americans were unaware of modern German art. While in Germany Pohl also studied under expressionist painter Hans Thuar and received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Bonn in 1939, writing on the American Regionalists. This exhibition will feature highlights from Lawrence University's Pohl Collection of German Expressionism as well as some of Pohl's own paintings and papers. 

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