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

UPCOMING 2019-2020

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.

The Long Term

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. Classes offered include subjects ranging from poetry, visual arts, and film study to political theory, social studies, and history.

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. It is with great excitement and pride to announce that Dominican University will be hosting this exhibition in the Fall of 2019 in the O’Connor Art Gallery. The exhibition will serve as an important component of cross-disciplinary seminars, culminating in a closing reception featuring student work generated as a response to the exhibition.

Related Events

September 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at the O'Connor Art Gallery
Tara Betts, contributor to the recently released The Long Term anthology will read poetry, discuss how her work and activism, and will help workshop content with the Dominican University community.  

October 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at the Martin Recital Hall
Scrappers Film Group presents Stateville Calling, a documentary exploring one man’s fight to offer elderly prisoners facing life without parole a chance to walk free. Followed up with a panel discussion of local organizers and faith based activists.

November 6, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at the Martin Recital Hall
Activists and performance artists Damon Locks and Martine Whitehead will perform Notes on Territory, a transdisciplinary performance lecture and installation. Damon Locks and Anna Martine Whitehead's sonic-movement conversation with one another addresses space, architecture, containment, and freedom. What are the prison-spaces around us, and where do we discover freedom inside of our bodies?

December 4, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at The O'Connor Gallery
Closing reception for The Long Term exhibition, featuring work produced from Dominican University's Senior Seminar Searching for the Good Life through The Long Term.

Slowly, With Care

Participating Artists: Joanne Aono, Sherri Denault, Holly Holmes, Kate Ingold, Jeffly Gabriela Molina, Gwendolyn Zabicki
A group exhibition exploring themes of slowness, care, and meditation.
Curated by Karen Azarnia, O'Connor Gallery Director
January 29 - March 6, 2020
Opening reception: Wednesday, January 29, 4 - 7pm, artist talk at 4:30pm

The Annual DU Juried Student Exhibition

March 2020
Guest Juror: Michelle Ruiz

Senior Thesis I + II

April 2020