Current Exhibitions

Chumash tomolIndigenous Peoples of the Americas: Roots, Resistance, and Resurgence

UCSB Library Special Resarch Collections (Third Floor)
February 10 - June 30, 2015

This exhibition is open whenever Special Collections is open. Please click here for hours.

Indigenous peoples of the Americas, despite struggles, have maintained and strengthened their identity. This interdisciplinary exhibition explores their cultural and political heritage, and examines the spiritual wisdom that is rooted in the practices of ancient Indigenous civilizations. The tomol, the traditional Chumash canoe, serves as a symbol of resurgence and in this exhibition as a visual metaphor for Indigenous struggles for self-determination.

There will be an opening event on Tuesday, March 3rd at the Library:
4 pm, Chumash ceremonial dances in front of the Library
5 pm, Exhibition reception & viewing, Library 3rd floor

On Tuesday, May 19th at 4 pm in Mary Cheadle a panel of three Chumash community members will discuss how the exhibition’s themes relate to their people.


Girls-in-JusticeUCSB Library (Tower Gallery, First Floor)
January 12 - May 29, 2015

For the last eight years photographer and UCSB Art Professor Richard Ross has gone behind the barbed wire of American juvenile detention facilities to visually document "the inside" and gather first-person stories of incarcerated youth. For his Girls-in-Justice photography exhibition, Ross focuses on the often forgotten and misunderstood lives of girls in the juvenile justice system.

Ross will give an exhibition talk titled "Juvenile-in-Justice" at 4 pm on February 3, 2015 in the Library's Mary Cheadle Room (Third Floor).  Please arrive early as space is limited.

Art in PrisonArt in Prison

UCSB Arts Library Lobby (First Floor)
February 23 - May 29, 2015

Art in Prison, inspired by the UCSB Reads 2015 book Orange Is the New BlackMy Year in a Women's Prison, and companion exhibition Girls-in-Justice, focuses on works created by incarcerated artists. Professional and novice artists use prison art programs as a form of rehabilitation and creative expression. Art in Prison demonstrates the variety of visual art produced by inmates who participate in such art programs and those who create art independently, often with a lack of typical supplies. An example includes original work created by Broderick (Drew) Hill, who used candy, coffee, and toothpaste to create his mail art pieces. A detail of one of Hill's images, from the front of an envelope, is shown here.

A History of UCSB Reads

UCSB Library (Third Floor Gallery)

UCSB Reads 2007 poster

This wall display of UCSB Reads posters celebrates eight years of UCSB's award-winning “one book” program, led by the UCSB Library, in which faculty and Santa Barbara community members read the same contemporary book and take part in themed, interdisciplinary activities.


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