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Situated in the University of Washington’s Art Building, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery is a vital center for social engagement and critical dialogue about the roles of art, art history, and design within the broader context of intellectual life on campus. Through an ambitious and compelling program of contemporary exhibitions, lectures, performances, screenings, and discussions, the gallery is a site of knowledge production and advancing discourses that serves over 8,000 visitors each year.

In 1994, the gallery was dedicated to one of the School’s most renowned faculty members, Jacob Lawrence, who taught at the University of Washington from 1970–1985 and served as Professor Emeritus until the end of his life in 2000. The gallery is a tangible, living legacy of Lawrence’s exemplary life and practice.

Of the twelve exhibitions presented each year, eight feature student work. In addition to these exhibition opportunities, the gallery hosts an internship program where students learn curatorial methodologies, exhibition design and production, and act as docents for the exhibitions on view.



  • Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am to 5pm
  • Saturdays, 1pm to 5pm


The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is located on the first floor of the Art Building in room 132. It can be seen from Stevens Way, the main road on campus.

Getting Here

The UW provides driving directions to campus and parking information. They also have links for the various modes of public transportation, and a map showing the location of bike racks.

Note: except for special events such as football games and commencement, campus parking is free on Saturday afternoons when the gallery is open.


Your gift helps the gallery continue and expand its work. Any amount is welcome. Donate now through the UW Foundation.


Director + Curator

Emily Zimmerman

Curatorial Assistants

  • Alexander Betz
  • Jessamyn Gilbert
  • Amelia Ketzel
  • Kathryn Reyes
  • Ashley Tseng

Graphic Designer

Edith Freeman


The Jacob Lawrence Gallery offers paid internships to students of the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design. Interns learn about installing and deinstalling exhibitions, curatorial methodologies, and interfacing with visitors to the gallery. We accept applications for fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters. Students are encouraged to take the summer class ART 496 (Curating Contemporary Art, a Jacob Lawrence Gallery Practicum) prior to applying for an internship. To apply, please email

W.A.G.E. Certified

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is committed to compensating artists fairly for their work and has been W.A.G.E. certified since 2017.