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The Teaching Museum: Selections from the Permanent Collection

August 29, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Marsden Hartley

What is a Teaching Museum? The founders of Lehigh University saw art as integral to a well-rounded education. Following in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson, who made his personal art collection accessible to students and faculty at the University of Virginia, Lehigh University’s first president, Henry Coppée, declared art one of the “elementary branches” of education. Art has been part of the university since its beginning in 1865. By 1926 the university was actively collecting and exhibiting works of art, and in 1935 the first gallery facilities were established to house the permanent collection. From these humble beginnings the Lehigh University Art Galleries · Teaching Museum was formed.  Today, the permanent collection numbers over 15,000 works of art, spanning many cultures and centuries. Although the collection has evolved and grown, the mission has stayed the same, to inspire, develop, and promote visual literacy and cultural understanding, providing educational opportunities across all areas of study.

This extensive exhibition, on view throughout two galleries, features highlights from the university’s world-class collection, including works by Pierre Bonnard, Margaret Bourke-White, Albrecht Dürer, Wifredo Lam, Charles Burchfield, Jasper Johns, Diane Arbus, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Matisse, and many more.

Exhibition hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 1 PM – 5 PM.


SEP 20  Join us for a reception celebrating our fall exhibitions.   Welcome our new director, Dr. William Crow.  Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center, 6-8 PM.  

OCT 18  Gallery talk about The Future is Female with professor Lucy Gans, The Gallery at Rauch Business Center, 6 PM.  Reception to follow.

DEC 01  Farewell reception for LUAG director/chief curator Ricardo Viera, Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center, 3-6 PM.

DEC 10  Study night at the museum, LUAG Lower Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center, 6-11 PM.  Refreshments and snacks provided.  For LU students only.

All LUAG events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.  All programs subject to change.  Please call 610.758.3615 for more information.


August 29, 2018
December 9, 2018
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LUAG MAIN GALLERY, Zoellner Arts Center
420 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015 United States
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