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.


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 East Reading Room.

Chasm of Time
Artist: Paul Horiuchi 

Known as the "Master of Collage," Paul Horiuchi (1906-1999) was a notable collage artist of the mid-to-late twentieth century. A Japanese émigré working out of Seattle, Horiuchi created his own unique brand of abstract expressionist works known as "collage paintings."

Located on the Main Floor in the Library Link.

Seat of Knowledge
Artist: Structural Concepts Design Club

Seat of Knowledge

"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 Main Floor on the West Reading Room.

Within Reach
Artist: Bruce Salisbury
Year: 2002

 Within Reach

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

 Dead Feminists

"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

 Tree, 2009

“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 4th Floor landing.

Tugboat Thea
Artist: Chandler O'Leary

 Tugboat Thea

"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: Unknown

 Canse Posters

These posters are images reproduced from the John M. Canse pamphlet collection, which is available in the University Archives. The Canse collection contains travel and settlement advertisements, maps, and historical documents about the American West from the end of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Thematically, the collection pertains to westward expansion and undercurrents of manifest destiny. There is a rich variety of documentation on the state histories of Washington and Oregon and a notable amount of material on general United States history, the subfield of Native American history, railroad history, and biography pertaining to iconic Americans such as President George Washington and Walt Whitman.

Located on the third floor, in the McCormick Room.

Local Conditions Series
Artist: Chandler O'Leary
Year: 2011

  Local Conditions (partial)

These 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 and her work on her web site: Anagram Press.

Located in the Pacific Northwest Room on the Main Floor.

Untitled (orange)
Artist: Professor Michael Johnson
Year: 2017


This sculpture is made of Plywood, Urethane, paint, plastic laminate.

Artist web site:

Located in the Learning Commons study area.

Artist: Arturo Garcia Bustos

 Arturo Garcia Bustos

University of Puget Sound Art Collection

Located in the Misner Room on the Main Floor.