Artwork and Exhibits in the Library

Collins Library has many exhibits and artwork. Here is a list of our featured items:

*Coming Attractions (See our list of upcoming exhibits)


Featured Exhibits:

“Louder Than Words: A Portrait of the Black Panther Movement”,  (February 1-May 15, 2018)

Curated by Black Panther Party Archivist and Historian Bill X Jennings, Louder than Words: A Portrait of the Black Panther Movement focuses on the Party’s social justice and community programs. The Collins Memorial Library exhibit features a broad range of artifacts, including original pamphlets, newspapers, memorabilia and copies of the books on the Panther reading list.

The Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, California, by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton while they attended college. Motivated by the Civil Rights Movement, the assassination of Malcolm X, and riots in Los Angeles, the initial impetus for the party was to protect local African American neighborhoods against police brutality. However, the party was more than armed patrols. It also established free breakfast programs, health clinics, and some of the first drug education programs.

Billy Jennings grew up in San Diego and moved to Oakland in June 1968. He was a member of the Black Panther Party from 1968 to 1974. He currently works to maintain the legacy of the Black Panther Party, running the website It’s About Time which was started by former members of the Black Panther Party in Sacramento in 1995.

Bill Jennings will visit for an Archivist Talk on Monday, February 12th, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Trimble Forum.


Previous Exhibits:

Mare Made Exhibit (August 21, 2017 – January 19, 2018)
Puget Sound Book Artists Exhibit 2017 (Summer 2017)
Chandler O'Leary: Farm to Table

99 Elephants a Day
Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound (Fall 2016)
Limitless Possibilities
(Ceramics art being created here by Puget Sound students.)
Wandering the Stacks
(online exhibit Fall 2016)
Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture (Winter 2016)
2013-2014 Banned or Challenged Books (Online Exhibit)
Book Power Redux (Fall 2014)
Brandywine Workshop (Fall 2014)
Celebrating Theatre (Spring 2015)
Chain Letter of Debtors (Fall 2014)
Dirt? Scientists, Book Artists, and Writers Reflect on Soil and Our Environment (Fall 2015)
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) 4th Annual Members' Exhibition (Summer 2014)
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) Fifth Annual Members' Exhibition (Summer 2015)
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) Sixth Annual Members' Exhibition (Summer 2016)
Shelmidine Exhibit (Spring 2014)
Social Justice Leaders (Online Exhibit)
Sparking Imaginations (Fall 2014)
The University in University Place
Women from the Archives & Special Collections (Watch Video) (Spring 2015)

You can also view the Artwork in the Library.