The Lobby

Open Tuesday to Saturday • 10AM–2PM or by appointment

Located on the ground floor of the Ellen Browning Building, The Lobby is a public art space designed to encourage creativity, community, and connection. The exhibits, of which rotate every six months, are curated by Sima Familant — private curator and art advisor — from a private collection of world-class contemporary art.

Exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Lobby is not a 501(c)(3) and does not receive government assistance.

Somewhere in the Middle
Opens Friday, May 10th 5-7PM
Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 2pm and by appointment
Join us for our next Kid's Day at The Lobby
Saturday, May 11th 12-2pm
Somewhere in the Middle
Opens Friday, May 10th 5-7PM
Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 2pm and by appointment
Join us for our next Kid's Day at The Lobby
Saturday, May 11th 12-2pm
Somewhere in the Middle
Opening May 11th, 2024 5-7PM
Artists habitually want the viewer to decipher what the artwork means to them, often rebuffing any attempt at an explanation. Jasper Johns, the celebrated American artist, is famously elusive. He once joked that, of the dozens of books that have been written about his art, his favorite one was written in Japanese. What he liked is that he could not understand it. (New Yorker Feb 7, 2018, “ Jasper Johns Still Doesn’t Want to Explain His Art” )  The art works included in the exhibition, Somewhere in the Middle, allow just that. Instead of simple explanation, the viewer is thrust into narratives, be it abstraction or representation, without explanation, placing them squarely in the midst of a story that is currently unfolding.
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Free Saturday Art Class at The Lobby
Join us on June 8th for an art-filled Saturday that's all about having a chance to explore, create, and have a blast with art. Guided by our knowledgable team of art educators, your child will discover the secrets hidden within iconic artworks. They'll get to recreate their own versions of timeless masterpieces in a hands-on activity while learning more about the artists' techniques, styles, and the stories that influenced their creations.
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Shriek of Color
Opening October 25th, 2023 6-8PM
Here, in the preface of our current exhibition, "Shriek of Color," we explore the power of color as a means to set context and become a tangible element of the narrative. The age-old question of whether form or color takes precedence in an artist's work elicits complex responses. The choice of color can evoke distinct impressions, moods, content, and even environments. In "Shriek of Color," the artists wield color for precisely these reasons. The results are at times abstract, at other times representational, and frequently, color assumes a life of its own, serving as a compelling character in the narrative.
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Between Two Points
Opens May 11th, 2023
What is a line? What is a dot? We are taught in early in school that these concepts are straightforward—that a line is simply “the shortest distance between two points.” or, alternatively, “a row of closely spaced dots.”—but in an increasingly interwoven and overlapping world, is that uncomplicated definition still sufficient? In this exhibit, a line is envisioned not only as a vector of utility, but also as a conduit for whimsicality, a site for potential and exploration. The line is no longer about creating the shortest distance, it is about discovering what a line can be—the alternative spaces that can be imagined beyond the bounds of convention, and how artists challenge this easily recognized visual form in different permutations, materials, and arrangements.
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The Earth Laughs
Opening October 21, 2022
The Earth Laughs exhibition at The Lobby is taken from an Emerson quote which expresses, “The Earth Laughs in Flowers”—How appropriate for a private collection which prioritizes beauty! And this exhibition certainly does not disappoint. Through a diverse body of work ranging from traditional oil painting, books, sculpture, ceramic, design, paintings without paint, to a major video installation, The Earth Laughs hopes to highlight the splendor and awe that we feel before nature through the form of the flower.
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The Drop
May 2022 through august 2022
The first installation, “The Drop,” will launch on Thursday, May 12, and extend through August 2022. The artists include Daniel Buren, Leonardo Drew, Fred Eversley, Sam Gilliam, Jenny Holzer and Jack Whitten. Drew, a renowned contemporary artist, will introduce his work at the opening.
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