On-Campus Galleries

W&L's campus has several art galleries to showcase both our own collection of art, as well as rotating exhibits comprised of student, faculty, and visiting artist pieces. While students will occasionally use these spaces as classrooms, galleries are also open to the public so visitors and community members can visit and experience the art free of charge.

Staniar Gallery

Staniar Gallery is a 1,300 square foot space located in the Lenfest Center. The gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary and historical works in all media by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists. Staniar is a pedagogical space, and exhibiting artists spend time conducting critiques, giving lectures and mentoring students. Gallery internships provide students the opportunity to participate in the entire exhibition process by working closely with the Gallery Director and exhibiting artists. Each year graduating seniors in studio art present their senior thesis projects in Staniar Gallery.

The gallery is open to the W&L community free of charge and the hours during the academic year are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For additional information, please call 540-458-8861.

Kamen Gallery

The Stan Kamen Collection was bequeathed to Washington and Lee in 1986 by Stan Kamen '49 LL.B. The collection is permanently installed in the lobby of the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts and is regularly rotated for conservation purposes. The collection offers a view of the American West and particularly the "Old West" that has been created by some of America's foremost 20th-century artists.

Lykes Atrium

Located in Wilson Hall, the Lykes Atrium is an ancillary exhibition space with an annual schedule of rotating art shows that augments the Staniar Gallery programming.

News from Staniar

Exhibits rotate in Staniar Gallery throughout the year.


W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents “Transformations”

The senior thesis exhibition will be on view April 1-12.

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W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents “Florence As It Was”

The interactive exhibition will run from Feb. 13 through March 25.

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W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents Rare Salvador Dalí Collection

‘Salvador Dalí: Les Chants de Maldoror’ features original etchings from the surrealist and will run from Jan. 11 through Feb. 8.

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W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Mary Mattingly: Proposals’

The solo exhibition will run from Sept. 4 through Oct. 25 and kicks off the gallery’s fall season.

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Delilah Montoya, Casta #2 from Contemporary Casta Portraiture: Nuestra Calidad; 2018; photograph and mixed media; 38 x 26 inches

Staniar Gallery Presents Delilah Montoya: Contemporary Casta Portraiture

The solo exhibition will run from April 24 to May 25 in Staniar Gallery inside Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts.

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Top of the Water Bowl; 2022; photograph; dimensions variable

W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Fieldwork’

The Staniar Gallery at W&L will hold an exhibition of works by Adrienne Callander through March 17

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This year’s series, titled “Just Food: Food and the Carceral System,” will include events that focus on how food systems intersect with the carceral system.

Just Food: Food and the Carceral System

Campus Kitchen’s annual event series continues with its Winter Term 2023 lineup, examining the many ways in which the food system interacts with social justice issues.

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Another Exercise in Futility (detail); 2016; 3D printed bronze pick-axes, plastic, brass, aluminum, compressor; dimensions variable

W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Futile State’

The solo exhibition by sculptor Sam Blanchard is on view until Feb. 8.

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W&L Presents ‘Selections from The Lindsay Webster Collection of Cuban Posters at Wofford College’

The show will be on display in Wilson Hall’s Lykes Atrium in conjunction with Esteban Ramón Pérez’s solo exhibition “Distorted Myths,” which will be on view in the Staniar Gallery Oct. 10 through Nov. 2. 

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Esteban Perez

W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Distorted Myths’

The show will be on view from Oct. 10–Nov. 2.

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