This exhibition also on view in The Gallery at Rauch Business Center. 

Wellness is often described as a dynamic relationship between mind, body, and spirit.  In the era of COVID-19, we are also confronting additional layers of social and biological entanglement that contribute to our collective sense of health and safety.  Picturing “wellness” takes on many forms, and often exists in tension changing bodies: growing, confronting illness, or adapting to change.  This exhibition salutes Lehigh University’s new College of Health, and asks the question, what might it look like to be well? 

Join us for a wide range of public programs that engage topics of health and well-being through art, including lectures, tours, and hands-on art-making workshops.




Portraits of the Brain Exhibition

In conjunction with this exhibition we are proud to work with the Brain VIsualization project and the exhibition Portraits of the Brain This exhbiition is an exploration of the intersection of art and neuroscience at Lehigh University and the culmination of a Brain Visualization project funded by the Lehigh University’s Humanities Lab. The goal of the project -  to visualize scientific concepts as medical illustrations for textbook application - was accomplished by Lehigh students, Sarrah Hussain and Viola Yu under the supervision of  Professors Deirdre Murphy (Art, Architecture, and Design) and Jennifer Swann (Biological Sciences). Join this innovative all-women team as they explore the intersection of art and neuroscience and share their experiences. In addition to Hussain and Yu’s artwork we are thrilled to include Philadelphia based professional artists: Rebecca Kaman, Caroline Lathan-Stiefel and Shelley Thortensen. Each of these artists has a background in art and science, and art education. The artists also acted as Visiting Artists during the summer program.


Image: VIola Yu, Brain VIsualization, Watercolor, 2020


Well, Well, Well includes works by Graham Ovenden.  Looking at these works can be uncomfortable.  On the surface, they draw us in with their visual beauty and charm, but they conceal a tragic story.  In 2013, Ovenden was convicted of the sexual abuse of children.  Charges came from adults abused by Ovenden when they were younger, in some cases while posing in his studio.  As an academic art museum, we present these works, not to celebrate the artist, but to tell this story.  Works of art often hold meanings that differ from the way they visually address the viewer, or even from the artist’s intent.  We seek to shine a light on their complex nature, to avoid self-censorship, and to encourage viewers to exercise a critical eye as they examine works of art and participate in making meaning from them.