Artist Ben Rinehart Featured in Lawrence University Exhibition

APPLETON, WIS. — Lawrence University Assistant Professor of Art Benjamin Rinehart delivers the opening lecture Friday, January 23 at 6 p.m. for the latest exhibition at Lawrence’s Wriston Art Center Galleries. The new exhibition runs through March 5. A reception with Rinehart follows the address, which is free and open to the public.

Rinehart’s “PG: Parental Guidance” will be featured in the Kohler Gallery. In various relief printmaking mediums, including woodcut and pressure printing, book arts as well as in painting, Rinehart explores relationships, gender roles and stereotypes that bring up questions about love, insecurities, social injustices and values in contemporary society.

A multi-media artist who focuses on drawing, painting, printmaking, and artist’s books, Rinehart joined the Lawrence art department in 2006. He is the author of the 2007 book “Creating Books & Boxes: Fun and Unique Approaches to Handmade Structures” and holds a master of fine arts degree from Louisiana State University.

The Hoffmaster Gallery will feature the work of artists Lisa Bigalke, Katie Johnson and Traci Molloy in the exhibition “Women’s Quarters.” Through the playful use of imagery, the works of the three artists are bound by their unique use of color, pattern, design and genuine narrative.

Bigalke, an art instructor at UW-Parkside, creates multi-discipline prints focusing on the natural landscape, layering color, pattern and texture to create macro vs. micro dichotomies. Johnson, who teaches art in the Albuquerque Public School system, creates unique handmade dolls with a special attention to surface, fabric and embroidery work. Molloy is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work investigates social theory and challenges audience beliefs about adolescent culture, loss and violence.

The Leech Gallery will feature “The Critical Hand: Satire in Art,” a collection of 18th-20th century prints from the Wriston Art Galleries’ permanent collection, including work by William Hogarth, Honore Daumier and Warrington Colescott.

Wriston Art Center hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays. For more information, call 920-832-6621 or visit