Due to COVID-19, we regret to share the gallery will be closed to the public this coming Fall 2020. The space will be repurposed as classroom space to accommodate social distancing. The health of our students and faculty remains our primary focus. We look forward to  welcoming you once programming resumes. Please stay healthy and be well!


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 curated exhibitions, 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.

Questions? Contact Karen Azarnia, Director

2019–2020 Exhibition Season
Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project: The Long Term

Curated by Damon Locks and Sarah Ross
September 4–December 20, 2019
Reception:  Wednesday, September 4, 4:00–7:00 p.m., Gallery talk at 5:30 p.m.

Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (P+NAP) is a visual arts and humanities project that connects teaching artists and scholars to men at Stateville Maximum Security Prison through classes, workshops and guest lectures. The Long Term is a culmination of projects that emerged out of classes and collaborative work from 2016–18, led by artists, writers and members of P+NAP. The theme of the exhibitions centers around people serving extraordinarily long prison terms (60, 70, and 80 years) and the effects these sentences produce: long-term struggles for freedom, long-term loss in communities, and long-term relationships behind the prison wall.

Slowly, With Care

Participating Artists: 
Joanne Aono, Sherri Denault, Holly Holmes, Kate Ingold, Jeffly Gabriela Molina, Gwendolyn Zabicki
Curated by Karen Azarnia 
January 29 - March 6, 2020
Opening reception: Wednesday, January 29, 4 - 7pm, artist talk at 4:30pm

The artists in Slowly, With Care deal with notions of slowness, caregiving and meditation. Empathy and tenderness permeate the work. With attention to craftsmanship achieved through a dedication to meticulous labor, the work is made slowly, by hand, with care. Nostalgia, longing, loss, domestic labor, relationships, motherhood, meditation, and the history of craft are among some of the themes addressed. A range of materials are incorporated, including traditional oil painting, ceramics, sculpture, sewing, and fiber-based installation. Questions this show hopes to raise include how have we arrived at a socio-political moment in which tenderness has become radicalized? How can we collectively develop strategies to slow down, be present, and take time to care for one another?

Special Event: Murmurs of Democracy

Organized by Matthew Girson
Wednesday, February 19, 2 – 4pm

This event is an opportunity to read to and for each other. Our texts will be poems, speeches, and testimonies of people who have survived various forms of oppression. Designed as reflective, teaching opportunities each Murmur aims to build community around themes that are central to the democratic promises written into our nation’s founding documents.

The Annual DU Juried Student Exhibition

Guest Juror: Michelle Ruiz
March 25 – April 1, 2020
Reception: Wednesday, March 25, 4 – 6pm

Senior Thesis I + II

April 2020