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. The Williams Center Gallery and the Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery presents exhibitions and related activities that support the educational mission of Lafayette College, advance the awareness of contemporary art, and serve as a community resource.
The galleries meet 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.
Exhibitions by international, national, and regional visiting artists, faculty, students of Lafayette College, and high school students through the Community-Based Teaching program (CBT) are complemented by lectures, panel discussions, publications, and workshops.
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.