Did you know? There is a place in Appleton featuring dynamic art exhibitions with free lectures, receptions, and gallery talks where everyone is invited?
The Wriston Art Galleries at Lawrence University presents eleven different art exhibitions a year. Artists from all over the country have been represented in the space. It is within walking distance from downtown, family-friendly, and handicap accessible. You are guaranteed to see something exciting and different each time you visit. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 am – 4 pm, and weekends from noon to 4 pm. It is always free. Right now there are four different exhibitions taking place.
The wolf hunt in Wisconsin has been a contentious issue that has made the news a lot in the past year. This exhibition designed by students from Environmental Studies Symposium: Art and Biodiversity Conservation explore the impact of the wolf population on plants, animals and humans around the state. Using different artistic means of expression, the students of this course show all sides of the issue. This exhibition can open you mind to how we are all impacted by the changing wolf population in Wisconsin.
Heads Up!: Visualizing the Past through Ancient Coins. Interested in coins or ancient history? Curious about how people over 2,000 years ago represented themselves? This exhibition was created by Lawrence University students in the course Ancient and Byzantine Coins: An Exhibition Seminar and features bronze, silver, and gold coins from Ancient Greece, Rome, and the Byzantine Empire.
Ceramic artist Sarah Gross has created a room-sized art experience in her installation Continental Drift. Sarah has made over 1,000 hand-made tiles that fill the gallery with texture, color, and pattern. Her inspiration comes from the history of ceramics and she references Chinese, Dutch, Islamic, and American pottery traditions in this display. These pieces “hover” above the gallery floor, creating interlacing paths for the eye to track. It will be a visual experience you won’t soon forget.
Milwaukee based artist Jason S. Yi creates sculptures from ordinary objects such as chairs, ladders and tape in his exhibition Terraform. These objects are transformed into nature-inspired formations. They make visitors think of mountains, clouds, and the colors of the rainbow. His exhibition at the Wriston Art Galleries takes familiar things and makes them extraordinary, forcing us to look at them in a new way.
There are many other chances to learn about the exhibitions: every month there is an Art @ Noon gallery talk. If you are looking for something different to do during your lunch hour this is a perfect opportunity for a visit. Art @ Noon is a half hour talk in the galleries about a unique aspect of the exhibitions on display. Learn about the artists, the process of putting on exhibitions, and even some art history in these brief and informal discussions. Questions are welcome and gallery staff love to see new faces! It gives you a nice chance to take in some art and still have time for a meal.
Upcoming Art @ Noon talks are scheduled for:
- March 12
- April 16
- May 28
- July 16
Want to visit but can’t make one of these times? The Wriston Art Gallery staff are happy to set up a group tour with you. With a collection that spans from ancient to contemporary with 4,000 individual objects, the Wriston Art Galleries at Lawrence University is a gem in Appleton. Staff are delighted to share the collections, exhibitions, educational activities, and social opportunities with everyone.
Wriston Art Galleries