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Art and Art History

Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries

The Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries are located in the historic Durand Art Institute building, which was completed in 1892 with financing from wholesale grocery magnate Henry C. Durand. The galleries are on the top floor of the building and have showcased works of artists such as Wafaa Bilal, Ivan Abreu, and Thomas Nozkowski. Admission to these galleries is always free. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:00-5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 1:00-5:00 pm. 


  • Making art is a dynamic process of experimentation and change. Artists and designers test their ideas before setting out to make the finished product. Preparatory works, known as “studies,” are exciting to look at because they reveal the active mind of the artist engaged in creative discovery. A flurry of marks on a sheet of sketchbook paper conveys how quickly the brain and hand can move together.

    Although this exhibition focuses on drawings, every artistic medium has its own version of the unfinished study. Architects make blueprints, ceramists do multiple firings, printers and photographers use proofs, industrial designers fabricate prototypes, and on and on.


    August 31 - September 30, 2017

    Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries
    Durand Art Institute

    Galley Hours:
    M/W/F- 2:00 - 5:00 PM
    Sat/Sun - 1:00 - 5:00 PM
    By Appointment - (847) 735-5194
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  • Every fall semester at Lake Forest College, the senior art majors enroll in a seminar designed to help the students transition from undergraduates to working artists. The students visited artist residencies, galleries, and studios in Chicago and were challenged to create three projects that reflected who they were as artists. The resulting senior show is a culmination of the work they have created throughout their college career showcasing how they view the world around them with their respective aesthetic and media. The art majors of the graduating class of 2017 would like to thank the Lake Forest Art Department for aiding in the growth of their creativity and the guidance in making them the artists they are today. They would especially like to thank Professor Karen Lebergott for giving them the confidence and mentorship to leave Lake Forest with the confidence to change the world through the power of art.   

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