Collins Memorial Library

Artwork in the Library

Below you will find all of the artwork featured in Collins Library.

Be sure to check out our Featured Student Work which you can find on display in the Learning Commons.




Butterfly Scroll

Artist: Unknown

Located on the Main Floor in the West Reading Room.






Chasm of Time

Artist: Paul Horiuchi
Year: 1964

Northwest Artist Paul Horiuchi is renowned for the Zen-like spontaneity of his collage paintings, along with an abstract expressionist command of flat space. In 1968, the University of Puget Sound awarded Horiuchi an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

Located on the Main Floor on the north side of the Link near Circulation.

Cobalt Blue Macchia Set With Red Lip Wrap

Artist: Dale Chihuly

This glass sculpture, created by Tacoma-born artist, Dale Chihuly, was given by the trustees in honor of former university president, Dr. Phillip Phibbs. The piece was created in 1990.

Located on the Main Floor in the Pacific Northwest Room.

Seat of Knowledge

Artist: Structural Concepts Design Club

"The current pages are from the book A Pattern Language and are not from the Modern Chair as they appear.  Most of these book titles were chosen because they are just great books or because they allude to something--for instance in the case of the Hemingway--the chair not having arms."

Located in the Study Commons near the Liason Librarians' offices.



Within Reach

Artist: Bruce Salisbury
Year: 2002

The artist, a former University employee, donated this sculpture to the library, June 2003.

Located on the Lower Level in Technology Services.


Dead Feminist Series

Artists: Chandler O'Leary & Jessica Spring

"Nicknamed the Dead Feminist Set, the Feminist Broadsides are a series of collaborative, limited-edition

letterpress prints created with Jessica Spring. Each broadside features a quote by a historical feminist, ties in with current political and social issues, and is letterpress printed from hand-drawn lettering and illustrations. We began the series in 2008, and release a new print about every three months." - Chandler O'Leary, Anagram Press

Located at the north end of the Learning Commons on the Main Floor.


Artist: Unknown

Presented by Gareth Barkin and the students on his 2009 Indonesia study-trip. The batik was procured in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, by students on the trip, while they were learning about batik wax relief techniques. It is hand-drawn batik (batik tulis) and features a variety of popular motifs framing a stylized map of Indonesia. The islands themselves are filled in with various "traditional" batik patterns, which historically adorned sarongs, particularly those worn by elite Javanese. The exception would be the non-Indonesian areas of the map, which are filled in with wavy lines.

Located on the Main Floor near the Liaison Librarians' Offices.




Artist: Holly Senn 

“This tree was part of the installation “Tale” exhibited in Portland, Oregon at 23 Sandy Gallery in September, 2009 by Tacoma artist Holly A. Senn.  It is made from discarded library books.”

Located on the Main Floor in the West Reading Room.




Tugboat Thea

Artist: Chandler O'Leary

"Hand-lettered and carved linoleum block print featuring quote by Thea Foss, Tacoma business pioneer and inspiration for "Tugboat Annie." Created as a collaboration between Chandler O'Leary of Anagram Press and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press."

Located in the West Reading Room near the entrance of the Library.



John M. Canse Travel Brochures


Artist: John M. Canse

The posters on display on the first floor of the library are images reproduced from the John M. Canse pamphlet collection from the University Archives. John M. Canse was a history of the Pacific Northwest. He wrote about the Oregon Mission superintended by Jason Lee and collected information about the Pacific Northwest and its early settlers. This collection includes a wide range of pamphlets, newspaper articles, and other artifacts related to developments in the Pacific Northwest.

Located on the Main Floor of the library in the Study Commons.

Local Conditions Series


Artist: Chandler O'Leary
Year: 2011

The pictures of Mount Rainier are done by artist Chandler O’Leary as part of a series called “Local Conditions”, scenes that capture the changing faces of Mount Rainier. Find more about Chandler at her web site: Anagram Press.

Located in the Pacific Northwest Room on the Main Floor.

Walt Whitman Print

Artist: Arturo Garcia Bustos

Walt Whitman print
University of Puget Sound Art Collection

Located in the Misner Room on the Main Floor.

Night and Fire Lithograph

Artist: George Johanson

Night and Fire Lithograph
University of Puget Sound Art Collection

Located in the Misner Room on the Main Floor.

Le Coq

Artist: Bernard Buffet

(French, 1928-1999)
Le Coq, 1972 Drypoint
University of Puget Sound Art Collection

Located in the Misner Room on the Main Floor.

Butterfly No. 2 and Small Flower

Artist: Nobuo Satoh

(Japanese, born 1926)
Butterfly No. 2, 1975
Color mezzotint
University of Puget Sound Art Collection

Small Flower, not dated

Located in the Misner Room on the Main Floor. 

Eco Mandala

In the spirit of building environmental awareness, this Eco-Mandala was constructed during Earth Week out of non-recyclable lids and demonstrates just a fraction of the lids that are discarded on our campus each semester.  It acts as a large-scale object for contemplation of the permanence and plethora of disposable commodities large and small that populate not just landfills but also oceans, rivers, and land.  Moreover, the Eco-Mandala is meant to promote consideration of the permanent effects of daily, fleeting choices and actions. 

Conceived by: Peter Hodum, Biology and Environmental Policy and Decision Making, Siddarth Ramakrishnan, Biology, and Elise Richman, Art and Art History.

Constructed and designed by students from: Art 201:  Intermediate Drawing and Design, Students for a Sustainable Campus, and Environmental Policy and Decision Making.

Located on the Main Floor of the library in the East Reading Room.