About The Lion and Lamb

Twenty-six years ago education professor Dr. Libby Hostetler had a vision of children learning about peace, justice, cultural understanding and nonviolent responses to conflict by interacting with literature and the arts. That vision came to life in a nook of Bluffton's Musselman Library in 1987. In time, The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center of Bluffton University outgrew its first home and moved across campus to Riley Court, where it remains.

Today, the center is visited by hundreds of school children annually for special programs.

Our programs: 

    • Providing resources for students, teachers, parents, campus and community
    • Programming for children and audiences of all ages
    • Integrating programs with Bluffton University curricula
    • Offering training opportunities for professionals working with children
    • Welcoming visitors to browse the library collection and enjoy the art work

Our resources:

    • Children's literature
    • Curriculum guides and teacher references
    • Art work

Our art collection: 

    • Original illustrations from picture books
    • Sculptures
    • Children's artwork 
    • Fine art
    • The Honda Outdoor Peace Sculpture Garden
    • Bluffton Peace Trails - virtual art tour around campus

The Lion and Lamb Peace Center is listed in


Dr. Elizabeth "Libby" Hostetler, former education professor at Bluffton University, founded The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center in 1987 to provide a resource for children to gain skills necessary for developing a vision of peace. Libby served as director of the center until retiring from Bluffton University in June 1999. Through her efforts in various roles as a teacher, professor, principal, founder and director of The Lion and Lamb, Libby is an advocate for peace-learning and peace-living. 

current director:
Louise Matthews received an associate degree from Hesston College, Heston, Kan. (1976) and bachelor's degree in elementary education K-8 from Bluffton University (1978). Louise taught in several school systems before she began teaching her five children at home, taking advantage of resources and programs through The Lion and Lamb when it began in 1987. Louise began her service as director of the center in 2004. Her Anabaptist peace heritage lays a solid foundation for her efforts at the center, complimenting her passion for children, international students and picture books.