The mission of the O’Connor Art Gallery is to present timely, relevant and focused contemporary art exhibitions that foster critical and thoughtful dialogue across disciplines. Exhibitions are curated with the Dominican student body in mind, as they are meant to introduce students to new and innovative artistic concepts, practices and strategies.

Located in Lewis Hall, steps from many of the art department’s studios and classrooms, the gallery is particularly accessible to art students as a space for intimate engagement and reflection. In addition to at least three curated exhibitions per year, the gallery is the site of an annual juried student show and senior thesis exhibitions.

The gallery is open to the public during the academic year.

Current Exhibition

The Artist and the Athlete
September 6 – October 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 6, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

The O'Connor Art Gallery is pleased to open the new academic year with The Artist and The Athlete, a group exhibition featuring three artists whose works explore themes and imagery associated with sports and athleticism. Participating artists include Bryan McVey, Geoffry Smalley and Wendy White. Together, these artists explore a range of concepts, from the physical manifestation of failure, branding, veneration, solitude, and a search for the sublime. Wendy White’s Ronaldo (Crying) captures the forlorn face of the superstar athlete at a moment of failure and highlights the body’s anguish. Geoffry Smalley combines prints from the Hudson River School with paintings of modern-day sports stadiums, nesting them within romanticized landscapes, where these manmade structures are seen as pilgrimage sites. Bryan McVey’s voyeuristic photographs capture individual runners in moments of solitude, where self-reflection combines with physical endurance. This exhibition seeks to foster a dialogue between artists and athletes through an understanding and appreciation of shared experiences. 

Curated by Andrew Reyes-Burkholder

FREE Admission.

Questions? Contact Andrew ReyesBurkholder, Gallery Director