Hutchins Galleries

The Hutchins Galleries

The Hutchins Galleries are a home for the Lawrenceville School's permanent collection of art and a host for rotating exhibits of working, regional artists.

We hope to integrate art into the lives of people, inspiring individual reflection, community dialogue, and historical and cultural awareness. We believe in the power of art to stimulate creative thinking, aesthetic appreciation, and enjoyment. The exhibitions and programs of the galleries are intended to inspire and challenge the school community while offering a resource for teaching in all disciplines.


Current Exhibition | May 1 - June 10, 2023

Sharply Focused

Work by Ansel Adams

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The Hutchins Galleries
The Lawrenceville School
2500 Main Street
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648


The Hutchins Galleries are located within The Hutchins Center, adjacent to the Gruss Center of Art and Design (GCAD) The main entrance for the Hutchins Galleries is at the rear of the building, and can be accessed during open viewing hours.


Monday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
By Appointment


ANSEL ADAMS "Sharply Focused" highlights more than 70 photographs that make up "The Museum Set," which includes the most classic and iconic images of this famed photographer, writer, teacher, advocate, and environmentalist. The exhibition features a self-portrait and one of Adams’ earliest photographs from San Francisco, made in 1915.


Generously loaned to The Lawrenceville School by alumnus Glenn H. Hutchins '73 for his 50th class reunion, the ANSEL ADAMS: SHARPLY FOCUSED exhibit includes Adams' "Museum Set." Curated by Adams in the last years of his life, he selected a medley of expansive landscapes, candid portraits, environmental still lifes, and iconic architectural images that demonstrated his ability to capture photographic sharpness, texture, and gradients of light in the American West. Gradients - separated into eleven tonal categories from absolute black to white - formed his famous "Zone System" which became the foundation of his artistic method.

Ever the innovator and experimenter, Adams regularly embraced new technological advances during his career such as the 35mm camera to further his endeavors. Ultimately, Adams' photography and natural adoration for the wilderness and its inhabitants led him to become both an award winning environmentalist and human rights advocate. Ansel Adams' sixty-year career at the forefront of photographic practices and governmental policies helped to establish a legacy of art spurring advocacy that many continue to follow in the 21st century.

Vernal Fall, Yosemite Valley, California (c 1948) | Photograph by Ansel Adams | ©The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
Ansel Adams

Past Exhibits


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Collection and Spaces

The generosity of Glenn H. Hutchins '73, provided the gift that allowed the Hutchins Galleries to be instituted on campus. The Hutchins Galleries are a gift of the Hutchins Family Foundation in honor of Marguerite and James Hutchins. The Lawrenceville School's art collection is made possible through the generosity and goodwill of its alumni and parents; The collection has grown rapidly in the past decade to well over 500 works of art that include an impressive collection of photography, sculpture, paintings, works on paper, ancient artifacts and textiles. Education remains the primary focus for the growth of Lawrenceville's collection.

The Hutchins Galleries
The Hutchins Galleries

Renovated and reopened in 2021, the Galleries will continue to provide arts education and a welcoming community space through rotating exhibitions of working artists and display of our permanent collection. The permanent collection is also intended to be a resource to the entire faculty, to encourage object and inquiry-focused opportunities that lend themselves well to the Harkness style of teaching. Through exhibition work, the Galleries will be yet another area on campus where students, faculty, alumni, and the local community are provided the opportunity to explore and appreciate the perspectives and identities of others, as well as their own.


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