Life Along the Canal: The Art of John M. Lamb

Life Along the Canal: The Art of John M. Lamb celebrates the artistic achievement of John M. Lamb, who has been linked with the Illinois and Michigan Canal for over 60 years. This exhibit premieres the folk art of John Lamb, former professor emeritus at Lewis University, founder of the Adelmann Regional History Collection, and local historian. Lamb has fashioned a world in which angels, saints, boat captains, and cityscapes take shape along the reflective waters of the canal. His art is on display within the Gaylord Building Historic Site’s core exhibit, Illinois Passage: Connecting the Continent.

The exhibit is currently on display in the Gaylord Building Historic Site’s first-floor gallery highlighting the work of former Lewis University history professor and local historian, John Lamb. Current gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 5:00 p.m.

The exhibit was the result of the collaboration between the Gaylord Building Historic Site and the Lewis University Adelmann Regional History Center. The Lewis University Office of Marketing and Communications had a role in the design and layout of the exhibit’s graphic elements. Lockport architect, Robert Morris, was instrumental in the fabrication of artwork installation mounts. Education graduate student and History Center Intern Gretchen Jelinek worked closely with the History Center director Dr. Dennis Cremin, and the Gaylord Building executive director Pam Owens to create the exhibit’s text panels.

Pam Owens, Executive Director of the Gaylord Building said, “We are delighted to host an exhibition of John Lamb’s art at the Gaylord Building Historic Site. Intermingled with the Illinois Passage: Connecting the Continent exhibition, Mr. Lamb’s art deepens the connection of the canal’s past significance with the role it continues to play in the lives of people today.”

Alana Harmon, Gaylord Building, has created a video of the exhibit:


Life Along the Canal; The Art of John M. Lamb is on view through December 2021 at the Gaylord Building Historic Site at 200 W. 8th Street, Lockport. For programming updates please visit www.gaylordbuilding.org.