The O'Connor Gallery is thrilled to host in-person exhibitions during the 2021–2022 exhibition season.  Please note, masks and social distancing are required on campus and in the gallery according to current state guidelines.  As of January 2022, proof of vaccination is required for all in-person events.


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.  All are welcome.

Questions? Contact Karen Azarnia, Director

Spring 2022

Kim Piotrowski: Anxious Heaven
January 26–March 4, 2022

Reception: Wednesday, January 26, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Gallery talk at 4:30 p.m.
Curated by Karen Azarnia, Director

The O’Connor Gallery is pleased to present Anxious Heaven, a solo exhibition of new abstract paintings by Kim Piotrowski. Through urgent mark-making and a bold use of color, the artist examines notions of mortality, hope and wonder. Acknowledging the collective angst experienced in response to our current moment—between the pandemic, political issues and environmental crisis—Piotrowski contemplates what waits to receive us as she comes to terms with accepting the unknown.

Image: A Fire In Every Corner, 2020, Mixed media on panel, 30" x 24"
For additional information on the artist, please visit www.kimpiotrowski.net.

FALL 2021

Lay of the Land
November 3–December 8, 2021

Reception: Wednesday, November 3, 4 :00–7:00 p.m.; gallery talk at 4:30 p.m.

Participating Artists: Jaclyn Mednicov, Judith Mullen, Soumya Netrabile, Nina Rizzo, Jon Seals, Alexander Richard Wilson

Curated by Karen Azarnia, Director.
In this group exhibition, each artist locates their relationship to nature through varying degrees of nuanced inquiry, inquisitive looking, and emotive expression.

Image: Nina Rizzo, Sunset Drive, 2021, Oil on canvas, 35" x 30"

Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition
September 15–October 22, 2021

Reception: Wednesday, September 15, 4:00–7:00 p.m.

Participating Artists: Noelle Allen, Javier Carmona, Jeffery Cote de Luna, Bill Kerr, Theresa “Nacho” Montiel, Frank Spidale

The O’Connor Gallery is pleased to start the 2021–2022 exhibition season with a group show honoring the work of DU faculty members from the Department of Art and Design.

Image: Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle, Rank and File, 2019, Machine pieced and quilted cotton fabric, 78” x 52”