In Spring 2022, over 100 people were asked: What Matters Most?

The contributors were asked to discuss these issues, and then to select works of art from Lehigh’s collection that help us think more deeply about them. Rather than being illustrations of specific issues, or even the central topic of concern to the artist, these selections are meant to expand, explore, and connect our ideas about what matters most.

Dr. Floyd Beachum, Professor, Educational Leadership Program, Lehigh University, discusses education to support a better democracy.

This selection of works is included in the larger exhibition What Matters Most on display from August 24, 2022 - May 27, 2023 in multiple campus galleries and along the South Bethlehem Greenway.

Listen to an audio description of "Riots in Denver-Whites and Blacks March Down Street..." on Spotify.

Bill Peters. Riots in Denver–Whites and Blacks March Down Street..., 1968. Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print. Gift of George and Alexandra Stephanopoulos. LUF 2019 1531.

Support for What Matters Most provided by Southside Arts District, Lehigh University Counseling and Psychological Services, Lehigh University Peer Health Advisors, and Lehigh University Office of Residence Life.