Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery building

Intersections of Academics and Art

Housed in a former church in the gothic-revival style, the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery hosts five to six exhibitions a year, with loans from major national and regional art museums, galleries, and collectors. Exhibitions are made possible by The Friends of the Gallery, the Gallery's membership group, as well as other generous sponsors.

Fall 2022 Exhibition

Imagine This Exhibition Art

Imagine This: Children's Book Illustrations | Nov. 4–Dec. 18, 2022

Drawn from the Ruth E. Engle Memorial Collection of Murray Library, Messiah University, these children’s book illustrations celebrate the art we first encountered as a pairing of story and image. The collection honors Engle’s “abiding love for children, books, and libraries.” Supplemented with works from the Lebanon Valley College Fine Art Collection, the selected works introduce stories from across the globe and open up a broad vista of cultures and places, both real and imagined. Illustrations of classic fairytales like Pinocchio and Peter Pan appear alongside the retelling of folktales from Japan (Tale of the Mandarin Ducks) and Cameroon (Sense Pass King). From an Arctic spring to a Christmas in Wales, one can traverse the history of the Silk Route or journey with Joan of Arc.

Spring 2023 Exhibition

Vintage photo of woman balancing pot on her head

Under the Mexican Sky: Vintage Photographs by Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, and Colleagues | Feb. 3–April 2

Post Revolution Mexico City in the 1920s-30s represents one of the great artistic flowerings of the twentieth century. Foremost among expatriate photographers was Los Angelino, Edward Weston. Under the brilliant Mexican sun, the soft-focus painterliness that had previously characterized Weston’s studio portraiture melted away, replaced by a crystalline hard focus that prefigured his later work. Meanwhile his paramour and protégée, the Italian silent film star Tina Modotti, created photographs that would place her in the pantheon of great photographers of the era. This exhibition features rare vintage masterworks by both Weston and Modotti from the 1920s, as well as photographs from the 1930s by Frenchman Henri Cartier-Bresson and by Mexico’s own self-taught master of the camera, Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Under the Mexican Sky is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. All prints are courtesy of the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.

Gallery Semester Hours

  • Wednesday: 5–8 p.m.
  • Thursday–Friday: 1–4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • By appointment for tour groups. (Please contact the Gallery at 717-867-6445 or gallery@lvc.edu to arrange a private Gallery talk for your school or organization.)

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The Friends of the Gallery consists of faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and other patrons of the arts who provide generous financial support for the high-caliber exhibitions and programs offered at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery at Lebanon Valley College. Your gift to become a Friend of the Gallery supports these aspirations, our exciting calendar of events, and ongoing success in future years.

Past Exhibits

And The Beat Goes On: Richard J. Watson Gallery Exhibit art

Sept. 2–Oct. 23, 2022

And The Beat Goes On: Richard J. Watson

This exhibit features works by the Philadelphia artist Richard J. Watson, currently artist-in-residence and exhibitions manager at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Incorporating found objects and materials in his mixed media collage, his work resonates with his personal history and experience. Rooted in his own experiences in the civil rights movement, Watson creates art as an agent of social transformation.

A Contemplation of Scenery Exhibition

May 25–July 31, 2022

A Contemplation of Scenery: The Vesell Family Collection

This exhibit features works from All That Is Glorious Around Us: The Vesell Family Collection, 45 predominantly American landscape paintings from the nineteenth century recently donated by Hilary Peery Vesell in memory of her father, Dr. Elliot Vesell.

April 27–May 14, 2022

Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

The Studio Art Thesis Exhibition presents the work of LVC students in the Creative Arts Program. Artists are Isabel Campbell ’22, Angelica Fraine ’23, Parker Gallagher ’22, Mariyam Hakem ’24, Caity Kline ’24, Amelia Mantione ’22, Alice Thorsen ’23, and Jenny Valent ’22.

Our Strength is Our People Exhibit

Feb. 4–April 6, 2022

Our Strength is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine

Photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (American, 1874–1940) brought the sensibilities of a sociologist to his documentary photography. This exhibition, consisting entirely of rare vintage prints, covers the three overarching themes of Hine’s three-decade career: the immigrant experience, child labor, and the American worker.

Global Lens Virtual Exhibit

Nov. 5–Dec. 12, 2021

A Global Lens: New Take on the Grand Tour

This exhibition pairs Lebanon Valley College Fine Art Collection artwork with LVC students’ experiences of this century’s “Grand Tour.”

A Contemplation of Scenery: The Vesell Family Collection

Sept. 3–Dec. 5, 2021

A Contemplation of Scenery: The Vesell Family Collection

Exploring such topics as symbolic imagery, tourism, industry, and environmental issues, the exhibit provides a lens through which to view these paintings anew.

(l. to r.): Featured LVC student artists Grace Scheaffer ’24, Rebekah Nickel ’21, Sierra Sheriff ’21, and Adrian Glasmyre ’22

May 5–23, 2021

Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

The Studio Art Thesis Exhibition presents the individual work of four LVC students in the Creative Arts program: Adrian Glasmyre ’22; Rebekah Nickel ’21; Grace Scheaffer ’24; and Sierra Sheriff ’21. 

LVC Genres of Photography Exhibit

Feb. 5–March 28, 2021

Genres of Photography

An investigation of the history of photography reveals how the endless possibilities of its artistic expression have been intertwined with cultural factors. This exhibition explores such genres as portraiture, landscape, and social documentary, as well as fine art aesthetics in the making of a photograph from its earliest days.

Sept. 4–Dec. 13, 2020

Achievements and Aspirations

This exhibition features wide-ranging examples of the immersive learning experiences that the Gallery has provided to students during the last decade.

Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

April 23–May 8, 2020

Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

The Studio Art Thesis Exhibition 2020 presents the work of 12 students in the program's capstone course Directed Studio (ART 440).

Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2019

Insider/Outsider

The exhibit spans the ongoing development of social realism, which established itself as a strong current in American visual art beginning with the Ashcan School in the first decade of the 20th century. Insider/Outsider follows this current into the 21st century with paintings, prints, and photographs of contemporary visions of looking at the overlooked to further social activism.

Plenty is one of the works of A Theater of Things exhibit

Aug. 30–Oct. 20, 2019

A Theater of Things: The Work of G. Daniel Massad

In 2018, the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, curated a retrospective of G. Daniel Massad, A Small Radius of Light, that featured signature works spanning five decades borrowed from public and private collections. Borrowing heavily from that exhibit, with generous assistance from the Palmer, this show poses an open-ended question as to the current direction of the artist’s work.

Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965), Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California

Jan. 25–March 24, 2019

Dorothea Lange's America

The Great Depression was the catalyst for a tremendous outburst of creative energy in America's photographic community. The devastation wreaked upon the country inspired a host of socially conscious photographers.

Michael D. Fay (American, b. 1953), Staking the Patrol Base, High Noon

Nov. 2–Dec. 16, 2018

Witness to War

Examining combat-themed art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Witness to War provides a poignant introspective of the lived experience of war and its aftermath.

Robert William “Bob” Montana, Archie (detail), April 14, 1957, King Features Syndicate, ink over graphite on Bristol board, 16 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches.

Aug. 31—Oct. 21, 2018

Comics Unstripped

Comics Unstripped joined the burgeoning wave of scholarly introspection on this previously overlooked mass medium. Incorporating research from a spring 2018 course on comic art, the exhibition not only examined the historical development of comics as an art form, but also explored comics as visual communication.

Exploring sacred art through five major religions—Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism—is the focus of the newest exhibition at the Gallery.

Jan. 19–March 18, 2018

Sacred: Image, Text, Ritual Exhibit

Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, provide the focus of this exhibition exploring sacred art. A variety of religious objects representing themes of image, text, and ritual provides a lens with which to explore these unique traditions and the ways in which they intersect.

Piece from the Painting on Clay exhibit at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

Sept. 1–Oct. 15, 2017

Painting on Clay: Toshiko Takaezu and the Abstract Expressionist Movement

This exhibition paired the work of some of the most important abstract artists painting in the early post World War II era with the work of Toshiko Takaezu, an American ceramic artist and painter.

Streetwise Revisited exhibition at The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

Jan. 19 - Mar. 19, 2017

Mary Ellen Mark - Tiny: Streetwise Revisited

This exhibition, organized by the Aperture Foundation, incorporated some of the most powerful images from Mark's long-term project, Streetwise Revisited.

LVC Reimagined exhibition at The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

April 1 - May 15, 2016

LVC Reimagined

This exhibition presented an architectural model designed by students in the LVC Reimagined course taught by Dr. Grant Taylor.

Jerry Pinkney exhibition at The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

Jan. 15—March 13, 2016

Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings, An Artist's Exploration of Images and Words

This exhibition explored this renowned artist's engagement with literature, and the process of creating meaningful visual solutions that expand and enliven a narrative.