Current Exhibitions

Images of Africa posterImages of Africa

UCSB Library Special Collections (Third Floor)
September 2014 - January 2015

This exhibition draws from a wide range of items in Special Collections that relate to the African continent.  Included are maps from as early as the 17th century and numerous photograph collections dating back to the latter 19th century, as well as artists' books, early editions of books by African writers, diaries, documents, manuscripts, music, and travellers’ accounts.  Also in the exhibition are items from the collection of David C. Tambo, retired Head of Special Collections. 

Tom Burtonwood's 3D Artist's BookOrihon (3D Printed Artist Book) by Tom Burtonwood

UCSB Arts Library Lobby (First Floor)
June 4 - Mid-September, 2014

Tom Burtonwood’s Orihon (2014), a 3D printed accordion-fold volume contains scans of ancient sculptural objects.  It is the world's first completely 3D printed accordion-fold artists' book. From the artist's website: "I have been thinking for some time how it would be nice to produce a 3D printed book of textures and reliefs. To publish and distribute all the wonderful architectural patterning and decoration we enjoy here in Chicago and beyond. This is the prototype for that idea." Orihon is held in the Library's Department of Special Collections (call number: Printers Collection Z239.B57 .B87 2014). The UCSB Library has a significant and varied artists' book collection.

Animation by artist Wireless Art Network

UCSB Library (Second Floor)

The Library is currently the location for a site-specific digital exhibition created by former UCSB students Raymond Douglas and Chris Silva. Installed at the top of the circular stairs on the second floor of Davidson Library is a network device that enables visitors in the vicinity to view art on their computers and mobile devices. Just look for the network ID called "Art Network." Currently the network is exhibiting animated work by UCSB student Angie Shen. Angie is a 4th year book arts major in the College of Creative Studies.