The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is an inspiring space for exhibitions; a vital center for social interaction and dialog about art, art history, and design; and a critical para-educational resource for students and faculty. The gallery is also a site of knowledge production dedicated to enhancing the intellectual life on campus by advancing discourses on contemporary exhibition and curatorial practice with its ambitious program of lectures, performances, screenings, discussions, and exhibitions, and always testing art’s capacity to teach and engage the community.
In July of 2014, the gallery hired its first Director, Scott Lawrimore, to advance its program, broaden its audience, and achieve greater local, national and international relevance. For the 2014-15 academic school year, the gallery is producing a series of exhibitions and programs designed to answer the question, “Is a school a factory?” Each Wednesday at noon, a Factory Picnic is held in the gallery to further explore the topic. The Picnic—an informal gathering and discussion group consisting of faculty, staff, students, special guests, and members of the community—is free and open to the public.
The gallery, also known as The Jake, is named after one of the school’s most renowned faculty members, Jacob Lawrence, who taught here from 1970-1980, and who served as Professor Emeritus until his death in 2000. The gallery is the living legacy of Lawrence’s exemplary life and admirable practice.
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is located in the northwest corner of the Art Building on the first floor. Shows rotate throughout the year, and we encourage you to check the calendar page for the most current happenings.
LOCATION + HOURS
Art Building, room 132
open intermittently between exhibitions
closed Mondays and for UW holidays
Check the calendar page.
Click the gallery name at the right on that page to see just those events.
Scott Lawrimore, Director