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Wiegand Gallery

Upcoming Exhibitions


Fall 2015

Nathan Oliveira: The Kestrel, and Windhover Related Works

Sept 18 – Oct 31, 2015

Reception: September 27th, 2 – 4 p.m.

Brunch Fundraiser and Windhover Tour

Please join us for brunch on September 27th at the Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame de Namur University at 1:00 p.m. prior to the public reception. Tickets are $100.00 and benefit the Wiegand Gallery Endowment. A complimentary tour of the Windhover Contemplative Center will be led by Joe Oliveira at 11:00 a.m. Please contact the gallery at (650) 508-3595 or


The Wiegand Gallery is proud to present Nathan Oliveira: The Windhover Studies. Nathan Oliveira, 1928-2010, was truly a major figure in shaping the Bay Area’s artistic heritage. The exhibition will relate to Oliveira’s paintings done for Windhover—the newly built contemplative center on the Stanford campus. Windhover was designed to house these large themed paintings. The Wiegand exhibition will offer visitors an opportunity to see the source work and inspiration for this 20-year project. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, and prints that relate thematically to the Windhover series which is named after “The Windhover,” a poem written in 1877 by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Click here to see a video of Nathan Oliveira discussing the Windhover project.

I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-
dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

– Excerpt from The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins



Past Exhibitions

Close to Home – Miriam Hitchcock

March 18 – April 25, 2015

Opening Reception: March 22, 2 – 4 p.m.


The Roots of the Spirit

September 19 – November 26, 2014

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 21, 2-5 p.m.

26th Annual Student Exhibition

January 30 – February 21, 2015

Opening Reception: February 5, 12 – 1 p.m.


All Past Exhibitions and Catalogs

Mission Statement

The Wiegand Gallery’s mission is to focus attention on the contributions and accomplishments of outstanding artists who are under-recognized and whose body of work calls for greater recognition. The Gallery also curates exhibitions that reveal unusual or rarely seen work of renowned artists to show the public a different side of their creative endeavors. In addition, our program introduces internationally known artists who live outside of California to the Bay Area. The Wiegand Gallery is actively involved in producing exhibitions that broaden our understanding of social, political, and multicultural questions as part of Notre Dame de Namur University’s commitment to social justice. The Gallery produces catalogues to enhance the educational aspects of the exhibition program with essays by important critics, theorist, poets and writers.


The Wiegand Gallery is part of the Madison Art Center, a magnificent stone building that was originally built as carriage house on the site of the country estate of 19th century financier William Chapman Ralston. Built in 1874, the carriage house walls are four feet thick and made of native stone quarried in the area. The upper story, where the Gallery and small theater are located, was harness room, grain section and hay loft. This exhibit space, with its porthole windows and skylights, is an unusually warm, inviting environment in which to experience art. It was named for the E.L. Wiegand Foundation, which provided funding towards the renovation. The Gallery is operated on a non-profit basis and is dependent on grants and donations.


Robert Poplack, Director
Jane Gehrke, Gallery Coordinator
Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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