Throwback Thursday: Lawton Gallery

Recently we were asked to provide a history of the Lawton Art Gallery at UWGB. We are sharing our findings with you.

When the College of Creative Communications (Theatre Hall and Studio Arts) buildings were dedicated in April 1974, space was allocated for an art gallery. The first exhibit featured paintings from the Milwaukee artist Mel Kishner. The gallery space was soon outgrown.

In July 1981, Chancellor Weidner announced a $50,000 donation by Randall and Catherine Lawton, from De Pere, for the purpose of remodeling existing gallery space. The new gallery was constructed over the summer of 1982.

10987647_1035929399769452_2142839612383471574_oThe first exhibit in the Lawton Art Gallery was entitled “Chicago Paper: Approaches to Handmade Paper.”

This content was originally posted by the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center to their facebook page on Thursday, April 9, 2015. View the original Facebook post.

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