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 at least three curated exhibitions per year, 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, Gallery Director

Gallery Hours

Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Current Exhibition

MAKING RAIN, Michelle Wasson
January 23–March 1, 2019
Opening Reception

Wednesday, January 23, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk at 4:00 p.m.

Curated by Karen Azarnia, O'Connor Art Gallery Director

The O’Connor Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition "Making Rain" featuring new paintings by Michelle Wasson. Through direct and urgent engagement with raw canvas, Wasson’s larger-than-life performative paintings are a meditation on loss, an engagement with art history, and an exploration of both the microscopic and cosmic. A trace of the artist’s performative process, the paintings embody a delicate balance between control and freedom, reveling in the engagement of the artist with her craft.

About Michelle Wasson

Michelle Wasson is an internationally exhibiting artist based in Chicago. Her work has recently been included in exhibitions at Aspect/Ratio in Chicago, Popps Packing in Detroit and Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles. She received her MFA from Washington University in 2001, and has served as faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She currently co-directs Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago.