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.

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Location:  Lewis Hall, Fourth Floor. 


Spring 2022

Senior Thesis 2022

April 18–29, 2022
Reception: Wednesday, April 20, 5:00–7:00 p.m

The O’Connor Gallery is pleased to present Senior Thesis 2022, an exhibition featuring work from this year‘s graduating students in the Senior Capstone course. Showcasing a range of creative work, including painting, drawing, illustration, and graphic design, the work represents a culmination of the students’ studies during their time here at Dominican.

The ANNUAL: DU's Juried Student Exhibition

March 30–April 6, 2022
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, March 30, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Guest Juror: Cydney M. Lewis

The ANNUAL is a juried student art exhibition open to all currently enrolled Dominican University students. We are thrilled to welcome Cydney M. Lewis as this year's guest juror. Sponsored by the O’Connor Gallery and the Department of Art and Design, several awards will be given to chosen works of art at the top of their discipline. Please join us in celebrating the vibrant artistic creativity and innovation of our students.

About the Juror

Cydney Lewis is a Chicago-based multimedia artist with a distinguished multidisciplinary background. She began in architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, where she received a BS in Architectural Studies; she also attended the L’École D’architecture de Versailles, France. The fluidity of her ability to transform materials reflects her mastery of ballet as well as her endeavors in film. Her art is held in private collections around the world, and has been exhibited widely, at venues including the Union League Chicago, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago, Saugatuck Center of the Arts, Hyde Park Art Center, and The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. She has received various honors, among them residencies with Chicago Public Schools and Lyseloth Musikerwohnhaus Basel, Switzerland, as well as awards including 3arts Make a Wave grantee, Best in Show at Governor State University and the Black Creativity/Green Art Award from the Museum of Science and Industry. Cydney is a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago.


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