Due to COVID-19, we regret to share the gallery is closed to the public during Spring 2021. The space continues to be repurposed as classroom space to accommodate social distancing.

The O'Connor is committed to showcasing the art and design work created by our students, and will mount a series of student exhibitions in public space on campus. Please continue to check back for further details.


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

Senior Thesis
April 19–30, 2021
Virtual Reception: Wednesday, April 28, 5:00 p.m.
Participating Artists

Alexa Folgar, Colette Hamaj, Lauren Hansford, Salma Jimenez, Nicholas Lombardo, Ingrid Monroy, Summer Smith, Erin Torphy


Lewis Hall; North end
Lewis Library Link

The O'Connor Art Gallery is pleased to present the Senior Thesis exhibition, featuring work created by students in the Senior Capstone course in the Department of Art and Design. Currently on display April 19–April 30, the work can be viewed in the north end of Lewis Hall and the Lewis Library Link. Please join us for a virtual Zoom reception to celebrate the participating artists, which will take place on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m.

ANNUAL 2021 DU Juried Student Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: March 31–April 9
Virtual Reception: Wednesday, March 31 at 4:00 p.m.
Guest Juror

Michelle Ruiz

Exhibition Locations

Lewis Hall, Lewis Library Link, Parmer Hall

We are pleased to announce the ANNUAL 2021, DU's yearly juried student art exhibition hosted by the O'Connor Art Gallery. We invite entries from all currently enrolled DU students. Prizes will be awarded to students chosen by a juror selection process. The O'Connor is pleased to welcome this year's guest juror, Michelle Ruiz.

This year due to Covid-19 restrictions, though the gallery itself remains closed, we will be working closely with the DU administration to display the artwork in public space on campus to celebrate the participating artists. Once accepted, we will notify participating artists regarding delivery of work.

About the Juror

Michelle Ruiz is a project manager for Chicago Art Source, where she specializes in curating art collections for market segments such as healthcare, corporate, hospitality, and residential clients. She has dedicated the past 15 years cultivating a national network within the fine art industry and constituents by attending major art fairs and scheduling one-on-one studio visits with artists. Ruiz works closely with art consultants, collectors, and interior designers to bring their vision to fruition by carefully curating art collections for their spaces. 

Equally important to Ruiz is civic engagement through the arts, board service, social justice, and immigration reform. She is an advocate for the arts and promotes cultural inclusivity through grassroots art programing and local non-profit involvement. She currently serves as the curatorial director and board member for the Berwyn Public Art Initiative. This initiative is a community-driven effort that brings together businesses, building owners, artists, and community organizations to install murals, sculptural objects, and pop-up galleries in the Berwyn area.

Submission Guidelines

All entries are due by Friday, March 5.  

Please follow this link for instructions on how to submit your artwork online through Canvas.

Questions? Contact Gallery Director Karen Azarnia.

February 10–March 3, 2021

Claire Groppe
Lauren Hansford
Theresa Harmata


Lewis Hall, first floor – north end
Lewis Hall Library Link
Rebecca Crown Library

This exhibition features students from the Department of Art and Design, all of whom completed their senior thesis projects this past Spring 2020.

At the onset of the pandemic, faced with great uncertainty, each student faced unprecedented challenges head on. The resulting works are at once significant and substantial. In some instances the work is left unfinished, or documents the masks required to be worn by the model. In other instances, nuanced portraits capture a great sense of intimacy with the sitter, reflecting our heightened desire for personal connection during the isolation of the pandemic. Ultimately these works serve as a record of the disruption caused by Covid-19.

The O’Connor would like to honor these students’ resilience and their remarkable accomplishments, celebrating the talented artists and designers they have each become.