Sam Gilliam’s painting, Related (2002), will hang in the Williams Center lobby in 2024.

colorful painting without stretcher bars hanging from the ceiling

Sam Gilliam, Related


Focus VI – Sam: Sam Gilliam in the Lafayette College Art Collection

November 27 through February 25, 2024

Sam Gilliam, one of the most innovative American abstract painters, spent time at Lafayette College as an artist-in-residence in 2002. Gilliam’s residency resulted in creating new works with the Experimental Printmaking Institute and gifting a spectacular hanging painting for the lobby of the Williams Center for the Arts. As the Williams Center for the Arts marks its 40th Anniversary, we celebrate the list of stellar artists who have contributed to Lafayette College. This exhibition celebrates both Sam Gilliam’s life and his contributions to Lafayette College.

abstract print with many patterns by Sam Gilliam

Sam, 2004
mixed media with machine stitching
22 3/8 x 15 1/4 inches
From the Lafayette College Art Galleries Collection