The Williams Center Gallery exhibitions present a wide variety of media, cultures, and time periods.
Morris R. Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton Street (on the College Hill campus)
Building 58 on campus map
(610) 330-5361, or email
gps address: 317 Hamilton Street
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 12-5 p.m.
Performance nights 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The mission of the Williams Center for the Arts, which includes the Performance Series, College Theater, and Art Gallery, is to serve the educational and cultural programming objectives of Lafayette College while endeavoring to engage the varied cultural and ethnic groups throughout the greater Lehigh Valley. This mandate yields a broad and comprehensive artistic vision that embraces both the educational values of a college campus and a diverse audience.
Expanding on the Center’s mission statement, the Williams Center Gallery’s specific mission is to present exhibitions, related activities (lectures, workshops, films, and other educational programs, etc.), and publications that represent a wide range of media, cultures, and time periods. All exhibitions and related activities are planned in accordance with the mission statement.
Because it is broadly defined, the statement allows the gallery a great deal of flexibility to present a varied and lively program. Criteria for selecting exhibitions—both within the college’s curriculum and the regional audience that the Center serves—include artistic excellence; diversity of aesthetic traditions; attention to cultural contexts represented within the Lehigh Valley and campus demographics; nurturing of artists’ experimentation and growth; and the educational potential of exhibitions, lectures, and publications. Campus galleries, as part of their educational mission, are in a unique position to explore challenging subjects and provide a venue for artists whose work is best-suited to noncommercial spaces.
The Williams Center and Grossman Galleries, and EPI public programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Williams Center Gallery exhibition program is presented under provisions of the Frederick Knecht Detwiller Endowment.