Recently we were asked to provide a history of the Lawton Art Gallery at UWGB. We are sharing our findings with you.
When the College of Creative Communications (Theatre Hall and Studio Arts) buildings were dedicated in April 1974, space was allocated for an art gallery. The first exhibit featured paintings from the Milwaukee artist Mel Kishner. The gallery space was soon outgrown.
In July 1981, Chancellor Weidner announced a $50,000 donation by Randall and Catherine Lawton, from De Pere, for the purpose of remodeling existing gallery space. The new gallery was constructed over the summer of 1982.