Lafayette College Art Galleries and Collections creates meaningful encounters between artists, students, scholars, the public, and works of art.

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

Summer Hours: closed

Academic year:
Tues.-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.

Mission Statement

Lafayette College Art Galleries and Collections creates meaningful encounters between artists, students, scholars, the public, and works of art; seeks to inspire creativity and to support the study and experience of the visual arts through direct contact with works.

It meets its objective through co-curricular programming to generate new ways to engage and inspire audiences; by utilizing its collections, exhibitions, programs, publications, and professional resources. It serves the students, faculty and staff, and alumni of Lafayette College; residents of the greater Lehigh Valley; and the broader academic and artistic communities.

Broadly defined, this mission allows the Williams Center Gallery–located in the Williams Center for the Arts–and the Grossman Gallery in the Williams Visual Arts Building, the ability to present a wide variety of media, cultures, and time periods.

Criteria for selecting exhibitions—both within the college’s curriculum and the regional audience that the Williams Center for the Arts serves—include artistic excellence; diversity of aesthetic traditions; attention to cultural contexts represented within the Lehigh Valley and campus demographics; nurturing artists’ experimentation and growth; and the educational potential of exhibitions, lectures, and publications.

Campus galleries 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, 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.