Collage of exhibition images.

Explore our seven exhibitions with a rich variety of topics, images, and materials that feature items both from our own collections as well as treasures from outside of the Library.

Art of Science

Learning Commons | On display now through Dec 2021

This exhibition features the winners of the annual Art of Science competition organized by UCSB’s Schuller Lab and Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships at the California NanoSystems Institute.

The Creative Edge of Collecting

Mountain Gallery | On display now through December 7, 2021

In The Creative Edge of Collecting, UCSB Professor of Theater & Dance William Davies King confronts the social and psychological impulses to collect, and also the eye-opening possibilities of the sort of things that one might assemble.

Shadow & Light

Art & Architecture Collection | On display 8/1/2021 through 3/30/2022

These photographs and artist's statements are part of a project launched by poet Beau Beausoleil to honor Iraqi academics who were killed in Iraq between 2003-2012. 

Postcards from Salinas

Ocean Gallery | On display 9/17/2021 through 6/20/2022

A collection of restored photographs of Filipinas/os in the Salinas Valley from 1920-1940, taken by photographer Narciso Bulosan Caliva.

A Call to Action

Special Research Collections Gallery | On display 11/5/2021- 6/24/2022 

Building on the COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Community Archives Projects, UCSB Library faculty and staff are documenting art and activism in the now in the form of an exhibition showcasing the variety of works submitted to these projects.

Documenting Chicano/o and  Latinx Art & Activism in Los Angeles

Learning Commons | On display 11/5/2021- 6/24/2022 

View screen prints and posters from the Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) archive. SHG is a community-based artist collective that fosters creative expression with the Los Angeles Chicana/o and Latinx community.

Virtual exhibit only | Currently live

Photos from artist RT Livingston's eyewitness account of the year following the tragic events of September 11, 2001.