Public Art

Public art is an important part of life at Lewis & Clark. Learn more about the art spaces and installations on the Lewis & Clark campus by exploring the following pages.

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art

The gallery’s exhibitions are mounted in 3,500 square feet of modern and highly flexible space, located across a beautiful plaza from Fields Center for the Visual Arts.



Sculptures by John Buck

Flanking the front entrance of the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art are two bronze sentries created by Montana artist John Buck.










York: Terra Incognita

York: Terra Incognita by Allison Saar

Lewis & Clark’s permanent memorial to York honors a key member of the Corps of Discovery too long ignored by history. An enslaved man who was a crucial contributor to the expedition, York shared in none of the fame and fortune after the journey concluded and was denied his freedom by his enslaver, William Clark.








Sacagawea and Jean Baptiste by Glenna Goodacre

Sacagawea and Jean Baptiste by Glenna Goodacre

The 7-foot-tall bronze sculpture shows Sacagawea carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. The Lemhi Shoshone Indian was an important translator and member of the Corps of Discovery. Despite Meriwether Lewis and William Clark recognizing her significance to the expedition, she received nothing when it concluded.








Mark Smith art in JR Howard

Public art project in JR Howard Hall by Mark Smith

The Howard Hall Art Project is the result of a two-year dialogue with members of the Lewis & Clark community and Smith’s own communion with the college environment, an idyllic and historic property on the fringe of the urban core.


Code of Phylogeny

Code of Phylogeny by Obie Simonis

This monumental sculpture is outside the Olin Center for Physics and Chemistry.