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 4th, 4 - 7pm, Gallery talk at 5:30pm

Slowly, With Care
A group exhibition
Curated by Karen Azarnia, O'Connor Gallery Director
Jan/Feb 2020

DU Juried Student Exhibition
March 2020

Senior Thesis I + II
April 2020


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.