Lake Forest College has been collecting art since the 1950s, but a generous gift of 185 drawings in 1971 from alum Hugo Sonnenschein ’44 inspired the creation of a formal art gallery on campus. The Sonnenschein Gallery opened in 1981 as part of a renovation plan for the Durand Art Institute. It sits on the third floor of the historic 1892 Richardsonian Romanesque structure where the smaller Albright Gallery (named after famed artist Ivan Albright) is also located. Our galleries are used to showcase exhibitions by artists of international, national, and Chicago-area renown. They are also used to showcase noteworthy creative projects from our studio art courses each year. Two dedicated student exhibit spaces include a gallery in the lobby of Deerpath Residence Hall and Gallery 208 in a second floor hallway of the Donnelly and Lee Library. The College’s art collection numbers over 1200 pieces and is eclectic in nature. It consists of paintings, drawings, 19th and 20th century prints, photographs both digital and printed, modern art glass, Asian ceramics, Meso-American artifacts, African masks, and monumental outdoor sculptures. Works of art are used for teaching purposes through formal exhibitions and informal class visits of the gallery storage facilities. Pieces from the collection are used to aesthetically enhance almost every building on campus. In the true spirit of the liberal arts, we believe in the importance of living with art on a daily basis.
Suggestions of Gravity/Into Sunrise
January 21 — February 16
Into Sunrise is an exhibit of acrylic paintings. Saturations of yellow seem like an allowance of positivity, and like walking through prairies full of summer flowers humming with insects in the breeze. These works layer textures and colors over each other until a surface of bright, warm yellow is created to represent clarity, happiness and light, built on layers of deep experience.
Suggestions of Gravity is a multidisciplinary exhibit of found-object sculptures, abstract drawings and land art documentation, all inspired by immersions in the Midwest landscape.
Chicago: Selections from the Lake Forest College Art Collection with a Link to Chicago
November 11 — December 8
Sonnenschein Gallery/Albright Gallery • Durand Art Institute
Lake Forest College
555 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, Illinois
This exhibition features Franz Schulze paintings from the 1950's, portraits for which he became better known, and is a celebration of a scholar who wrote the definitive biographies on architects Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, a guide to Chicago's landmark structures, and a book entitled Fantastic Images: Chicago Art Since 1945 that brought the Chicago Imagist artists to the forefront of the art world. Franz Schulze was a beloved professor of studio art and art history at Lake Forest College from when he began his teaching career in 1952 to long after he retired in 1991.
Mosey Boys/THEN and NOW
THEN/Mosey Boys photos from their student days at Lake Forest College
Deerpath Student Gallery/Deerpath Residence Hall
NOW/Professional Work by Jonathan Atkin, Mark Hertzberg, Tom Livermore, Steve Logowitz, and Ron Pownall
Donnelley and Lee Library/2nd Floor Hallways
The Sonnenschein Gallery and Albright Room are the main art galleries at the College. They have featured the works of famous artists including Wafaa Bilal, Thomas Nozkowski and Kate McQuillen as well as alumni Ed West ’71 and Colin Thompson ’71. The galleries have featured artwork of highly acclaimed Chicago-based artists such as Andrew Young, Diane Simpson and Laura Letinsky. A bi-annual faculty exhibit showcases the most recent work of our faculty artists. Admission to these galleries is always free.
The Deerpath Student Gallery features group exhibitions of student work, including an annual show from the Art Club, selected student curatorial projects, and exhibitions of outstanding student coursework. The gallery’s location in the Deerpath Residence Hall across the quad from the Durand Art Institute situates it as an important part of the residential cultural and social scene. Admission to the Deerpath Gallery is also free.
Gallery Hours and Contact
Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries
Durand Art Institute,
MWF 2 - 5 p.m.
Weekends 1 - 5 p.m.
Deerpath Student Gallery
Deerpath Residence Hall,
M-TH 7 - 10 p.m.
Gallery Director, Lecturer in Art