Robert Lehman Art Center Mission Statement
The mission of the Robert Lehman Art Center (RLAC) is focused upon the convergence of high quality professional artists and their work with Brooks School students and the greater Brooks School community. We aim to engage students, teachers, employees, parents and alumni and their guests in the viewing, participation, understanding and benefit of all art forms, with a particular emphasis on visual art.
Each school year we exhibit an average of five artists who display work in the gallery for four to six weeks, participate in a formal show opening, and work with our students in the studios for a week. Artists are selected to represent a broad range of styles, media and content. We consider carefully a balance of age, gender, race, and level of notoriety in choosing artists. It is important that each artist produces strong work and is able to interact with high school students in a clear, positive and effective manner.
It is our hope that Brooks School students and alumni will engage in and build relationships with artists, and lead to both formal and informal mentorship opportunities beyond the physical walls of the campus.
The gallery is located in the center of campus, attached to the Luce Library. It is important that the space is accessible to the entire community, and its hours of operation coincide with class time; often exhibitions are presented in an interdisciplinary fashion for faculty in all departments to connect the work with their lessons.