The Ward Lucas Lecture Series in the Arts is a fund established by the family and friends of Ward Lucas. Mr. Lucas, who died in 1961, was a member of the Carleton College Board of Trustees for over 20 years. The Lucas Lecture Series sponsors an annual series of public lectures, with or without demonstration, in any of the creative arts, to be delivered by an outstanding maker or doer.

Previous Lucas Lecture Guests:

  • 1964: Karl Shapiro (poet)
  • 1965: Mauricio Lasansky (printmaker)
  • 1966: Elliott Carter (composer)
  • 1967: Tyrone Guthrie (director)
  • 1968: R. Buckminster Fuller (architect)
  • 1969: Gunther Schuller (composer)
  • 1970: Reed Whittemore (poet)
  • 1971: O’Neil Ford (architect)
  • 1972: Alwin Nikolais (choreographer)
  • 1973: William O. Smith (composer)
  • 1974: John Wain (poet, novelist)
  • 1975: Sydney Pollack (filmmaker)
  • 1976: Robert Morris (sculptor)
  • 1977: Sara Caldwell (conductor)
  • 1978: Alvin Epstein (actor, director)
  • 1979: William Gass (novelist)
  • 1980: Jennifer Bartlett (artist)
  • 1981: Marcel Ophuls (filmmaker)
  • 1982: Robert Craft (author, conductor)
  • 1983: Senta Driver and HARRY (dance company)
  • 1984: Michael Langham (director)
  • 1985: Margaret Atwood (writer)
  • 1986: Michael Graves (architect)
  • 1987: Billy Taylor (musician)
  • 1988: Lee Breuer (director)
  • 1989: Ismail Merchant (film producer)
  • 1990: Gordon Parks (photographer)
  • 1991: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Co. (dance company)
  • 1992: Margaret Drabble (novelist)
  • 1993: James Brandon (director)
  • 1994: Wendell Castle (furniture artist)
  • 1995: Bob Wilber (jazz musician)
  • 1996: Robert A.M. Stern (architect)
  • 1997: Tony Kushner (playwright)
  • 1998: David Fanshawe (composer)
  • 1999: New York City Ballet (dance company)
  • 2000: Barbara Kopple (filmmaker)
  • 2001: John Updike (author)
  • 2002: Thomas Krens (museum director)
  • 2003: Masami Teraoka (artist)
  • 2004: Martha Clarke (choreographer)
  • 2005: Guarneri Quartet (musicians)
  • 2008: Jane Hamilton (author)
  • 2009: Anne Bogart/SITI Company (theater artists)
  • 2011: James Schamus (film producer)
  • 2013: Salman Rushdie (author)
  • 2014: N55 Collective (architects)
  • 2016: Minnesota Orchestra (musicians)
  • 2017: Urban Bush Women (dance company)
  • 2018: Shahzia Sikander (artist)
  • 2019: Pig Iron Theatre Company (theater artists)