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Lucas Gallery at Lewis Center for the Arts Reopens


Steve Runk    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ)  The Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Visual Arts announced the reopening of the Lucas Gallery on October 25 following an extensive renovation.  The Gallery, located at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton, is one of several venues and programs that make up the Lewis Center.  Coinciding with the reopening of the Gallery is an exhibition of new work by over 30 students currently enrolled in drawing courses. The Gallery and the drawing show will be featured on the inaugural Princeton ArtWalk being held throughout the town on November 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Lucas Gallery Opening
Photo by M. Teresa Simao

The renovated gallery space is an important venue for students in the Program in Visual Arts, providing them the experience of selecting, preparing and hanging work for exhibition.  The Gallery - originally established in the 1980’s with a gift from Herbert L. “Bill” Lucas, Jr., a member of Princeton’s class of 1950 - also offers an opportunity for the wider University community and the public to view changing group and solo exhibitions.  These exhibitions highlight recently created work by students in all visual art media, as well as showcase work in film and video.  The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Admission is free.

“The Lewis Center for the Arts is an incubator of creativity,” states Joe Scanlan, Director of the Program in Visual Arts.  “Our students, whether taking a single class in visual arts or enrolled in a full certificate program, are encouraged by a faculty of practicing artists to take risks and stretch their imaginations.”  The Center comprises Princeton’s programs in dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing, and the Princeton Atelier.

Adds Michael Cadden, Acting Chair of the Lewis Center, “University President Shirley Tilghman and the Trustees have made the commitment that students should have the opportunity to engage in the arts, particularly in making art, as part of their Princeton experience.  Thanks to the generosity of alumnus Bill Lucas, our students have an opportunity to share and showcase what they have created with the wider community.”

The Princeton ArtWalk is a new initiative of the local arts community offering a self-guided evening of visual arts activities in the downtown.  The first ArtWalk being held on November 3 will include, along with the Lewis Center: Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum, the Bernstein Gallery at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Firestone Library, Historic Morven, Historical Society of Princeton, Labyrinth Books, Princeton Public Library, and Small World Coffee.  The venues will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and offer a variety of events, activities and refreshments.  The tour is free and open to all.  The ArtWalk is planned to be held quarterly with the next scheduled for March 2012.  Further information on the ArtWalk can be found at

Following the Lucas Gallery show of work by students in drawing, which will be on exhibit November 3 through 13, are shows highlighting work from students in painting and ceramics (November 21-27) and sculpture, graphic design, video and photography (December 6-16).  On November 22 students will open their studios for tours.

To learn more about the Lucas Gallery, the Program in Visual Arts, and other activities presented at the Lewis Center visit

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Photo caption: Visual Arts students cut the ribbon to mark the reopening of the Lucas Gallery at the Lewis Center for the Arts.  Students left to right are: Joanne Chong '12, Bridget Menaché '12, Sam Ritter '13, Dao Mi '12, Alexis Brown '12, Ugo Udogwu '13, Ruthie Nachmany '12, Kati Henderson, '12. Photo by M. Teresa Simao.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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