Collins Memorial Library

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:

99 Elephants A Day
Check out the new front "gallery/study” space in Collins Library. Currently this space is featuring an exhibit titled 99 Elephants a Day. This exhibit features the work of Pennsylvania artist Suzanne Fellows. She made 99 elephants a day for 365 days to equal the number slain by ivory poachers in 2013: 36,000. Each one is a one of a kind mixed media print on paper with gouache and ink – 2 ½” x 3 ½". She painted the backgrounds with a variety of water based paints and inks and printed the elephants with gouache. Some are also ‘embellished’ with markers before being stamped on the back and numbered. Collins has about 300 of the elephants on display. The exhibit also features the photographs and research of Professor Rachel DeMotts whose work focuses on aspects of conservation and wildlife. In addition, the exhibit showcases the personal collection of elephant figurines of Ken McGill as well as one of Collins artists’ books by local artist Mari Gower which address the plight of the elephant.

This room has been reconfigured to include great lounge seating and is a wonderful space to study or just hang out!

On March 22nd, a presentation titled Chasing Elephants: Conservationists, Politician, Farmers and the Problem of Ivory by Professor Rachel DeMotts and Parakh Hoon, Professor of Political Science will be offered in conjunction with this exhibit.

Chandler O'Leary: Farm to Table
Exhibit runs October 20, 2016 – May 14, 2017
This exhibit will feature a series of illustrations, lettering, patterning and paper installations that highlight organic farming and the sustainable food movement in the South Sound region. From original sketchbooks to cut-paper pieces, the body of work illustrates the agricultural importance of our region and highlights the struggle to preserve farmland amid rapid suburban and industrial development. In the Link, Collins Library.


Previous Exhibits:

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.