Exhibits

Contact

Catherine J. Trujillo, Curator
Robert E. Kennedy Library
E-mail: ude.yloplacnull@llijurtc
Phone: 805-756-6395


Collaboration, engagement, discovery

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Exhibits at Kennedy Library are produced in partnership with Cal Poly students and faculty and members of the Cal Poly community, and often feature unique holdings of the library’s Special Collections and Archives.

Click on the arrows below to learn more about our various exhibit programs.


Fall and Spring Exhibits

Major Exhibits in the Gallery at the Commons

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Opening reception for Atelier Morgan: The Personal Archives of Architect Julia Morgan.

The Kennedy Library produces two major exhibits each fall and spring, in the Gallery at the Commons on the second floor in the Learning Commons. The Gallery at the Commons area is an open gallery space of 880 square feet, partially illuminated by natural light, where student study spaces are adjacent to and sometimes integrated within exhibits. This space also hosts traveling exhibits that support the campus curriculum.

These major exhibits provide opportunities for student curators and designers to assist with installation and graphic design of complex and exciting exhibits. Past exhibits have featured work by students and faculty from architecture to fine arts and biology to planetary science. Event openings and related events have featured demonstrations, guest talks, and hands-on workshops.

Past Exhibits

April 29th, 2013 – June 7th, 2013
Through oral histories and an array of historic records and photographs, this exhibit brought to life the culture of ranching and farming in San Luis Obispo County and features the modern day impact of our local farmers’ markets.
» Learn more about Links to the Land

November 9, 2012 – January 11, 2013
This exhibit draws on Julia Morgan’s architectural plans, sketchbooks, photographs, correspondence, and other personal papers in the Kennedy Library’s Special Collections.
» Learn more about Atelier Morgan

April 5 June – 8, 2012
This exhibit showcases fine press books, keepsakes, and ephemera published by the Book Club of California, and includes selections from Kennedy Library’s Special Collections Fine Print and Graphic Arts Collection.
» Learn more about Pressing Forward

November 7 – January 6, 2012
Assembly Required highlights the craftsmanship and innovation of Cal Poly student furniture artists. The winners from the 2011 Vellum/College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) Furniture Competition and Exhibition are a central feature of the exhibit.
» Learn more about Assembly Required

April 14 June – 3, 2011
A photography exhibit using student-engineered images, sounds and textual documents which draw from University Archives materials.
» Learn more about Look the Other Way

Community Exhibits

Exhibits by Cal Poly Students, Faculty, and Community

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Cal Poly AIGA student group project, The Paper Garment Exhibition

The Kennedy Library is proud to provide distinctive public spaces to share the creative and research work of Cal Poly students and faculty, and members of the broader Cal Poly community.

The Library can display paintings, drawings, photographs, graphic arts or poster presentations in two distinct spaces:

  • The Community Gallery: Display panels suitable for informal mounting or use of a hanging system, under the main stairway near the library’s first floor entrance.
  • The Café Gallery: Gallery rail systems are available on two walls in the Julian’s Café area. Items must be framed and security is not available.

Promotional display space: The library also has a small display case and bulletin board that can be reserved for campus event and student club information, at the top of the second floor landing.

Due to the open nature of the library’s public spaces, neither the University nor the library can assume responsibility for the security of exhibit items.

To check display and exhibit schedules or discuss using one of these spaces, please contact ude.yloplacnull@llijurtc or (805) 756-6395.

To check display and exhibit schedules or discuss using one of these spaces, please contact exhibits curator Catherine Trujillo at ude.yloplacnull@llijurtc or (805) 756-6395.

Past community displays

Morgan Re-envisioned

Display of 2nd year Cal Poly architecture student work inspired by the architect Julia Morgan.


Chromatic Color

Photography student Michelle Good (Art, 2009) showcased her senior show, “Chromatic Color”, a series of playful and colorful make-up portraits, in the Café Gallery.



Art & Design Students Dante Iniguez (Art, 2010) and Keiko Komada (Art, 2010) curated the work of Cal Poly’s American Institute of Graphic Artist (AIGA) group, which showed hand-constructed paper garments in the Library Gallery.
» Read a student’s perspective of the display

Flux

Art & Design senior Prem Ananda (Art, 2009) shared his photographic series, FLUX, featuring Cal Poly Orchesis dance company performances and rehearsals. The work was displayed in the Café Gallery.


WASC Poster Session

A 2012 poster session that represented various aspects of Cal Poly — human, fiscal, physical, and intellectual – and reaffirmed Cal Poly’s accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) was featured in the Café Gallery.

The posters embodied four themes selected for the university’s self-study: Polytechnic Identity, Learn-by-Doing, The Teacher-Scholar Model, and Integration and Student Learning.

Online Exhibits

The Kennedy Library shares its unique archival and manuscript resources with the world through our online exhibits. Each online exhibit provides vivid online images, and descriptive information about their history and context.

These online exhibits represent a small selection from the rich primary resources available in the Special Collections and Archives. For more information about these exhibits or related collections, please contact: Special Collections and Archives, ude.yloplacnull@sevihcra

From Special Collections

The Julia Morgan Papers at Cal PolyJulia Morgan was the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California. The library has an extensive collection of Julia Morgan’s personal and professional papers including drawings, photographs, and correspondence.
» View the Julia Morgan Online Exhibit

From the University Archives

In Memory: Robert E. KennedyAn online tribute to Dr. Robert E. Kennedy. From college professor to librarian to public relations director to university president to president emeritus, Dr. Kennedy served Cal Poly for 70 years.
» View the Robert E. Kennedy Online Exhibit

More University Archives online exhibits

Among the subjects of other online exhibits from Cal Poly’s Archives are Cal Poly Directors and Presidents, Highlights in the History of Cal Poly, the 1960 Plane Crash, the Poly “P”, Poly Royal, and the Rose Float.

» View more University Archives online exhibits

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Traveling Exhibits

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Nisei Diploma Project: Stories from California Polytechnic State University

Kennedy Library’s traveling exhibits have been developed to help share the unique cultural images and resources, found in the library’s Special Collections and Archives, with broader communities. Traveling exhibits are available on topics that include regional history of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly history, architecture and the built environment, and ethnic and national communities in California.

Browse the list below to learn more about the content our traveling exhibits. For more information or to discuss borrowing one of our traveling exhibits, please contact ude.yloplacnull@sevihcra or 805-756-2305.

Traveling exhibits available from Kennedy Library

This exhibit draws on Julia Morgan’s architectural plans, sketchbooks, photographs, correspondence, and other personal papers in the Kennedy Library’s Special Collections.
» Find out more about Atelier Morgan


Where We Stand draws from Mustang Daily articles, student club documents, and oral accounts to construct a brief history of African American advocacy on the Cal Poly campus from the Civil Rights Movement to the present day.
» Find out more about Where We Stand


Kennedy Library presents an exhibition highlighting Cal Poly Japanese American students who were unable to complete their education due to their forced relocation and internment during World War II.
» Find out more about Nisei Diploma Project


The exhibit features reproductions of black and white photographs taken by an unknown photographer – most likely a delegate – to the 40th annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention held in Los Angeles, California, from July 12-17, 1949.
» Get more information about Snapshots of Equality


Strive and Struggle explores campus reactions, struggles and triumphs during the Civil Rights years, and the efforts to establish ethnic studies courses.
» Find out more about Strive and Struggle


A traveling exhibition composed of a collection of documentary photographs taken by Oceano resident Manuel Echavarria, San Luis Obispo County’s first photographic history of Latino farm workers documented by a farm worker and farm labor organizer. The prints commemorate the struggles and triumphs of the mostly Latino laborers as they fought for better pay and working conditions in the farms and fields of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
» Find out more about ¡Viva la Causa!

A youth led traveling photo documentary exhibit about the indigenous community of San Juan Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Michoacan residing in Paso Robles, California. The project gives the entire community a better insight about P’urepecha youth, a way to see youth from their own perspective and insight.
» Find out more about the exhibit

Explore past exhibits

2012-2013

Gallery at the Commons

Through oral histories and an array of historic records and photographs, this exhibit brought to life the culture of ranching and farming in San Luis Obispo County and features the modern day impact of our local farmers’ markets.
» Learn more about Links to the Land
This exhibit draws on Julia Morgan’s architectural plans, sketchbooks, photographs, correspondence, and other personal papers in the Kennedy Library’s Special Collections.
» Learn more about Atelier Morgan

2011-2012

Gallery at the Commons

April 5 – June 8, 2012. This exhibit showcases fine press books, keepsakes, and ephemera published by the Book Club of California, and includes selections from Kennedy Library’s Special Collections Fine Print and Graphic Arts Collection.
» Learn more about Pressing Forward
November 7 – January 6, 2012. Assembly Required highlights the craftsmanship and innovation of Cal Poly student furniture artists. The winners from the 2011 Vellum/College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) Furniture Competition and Exhibition are a central feature of the exhibit.
» Learn more about Assembly Required

Special Exhibits

(Fall 2011) February 27, 2012. Kennedy Library announces an exhibit of Joe Schwartz’s photography. The images are on display in Special Collections and Archives on the fourth floor.
» Learn more about the Schwartz exhibit

2010-2011

Gallery at the Commons

April 14 June – 3, 2011. A photography exhibit using student-engineered images, sounds and textual documents which draw from University Archives materials.
» Learn more about Look the Other Way
November 18 – December 2, 2010. The collection of photos attests to Taiwan’s transformation from an agrarian past into a high-technology nation at present.
» Learn more about Taiwan

Special Exhibits

February 14 – March 3, 2011, Library 1st Floor Gallery. Where We Stand draws from Mustang Daily articles, student club documents, and oral accounts to construct a brief history of African American advocacy on the Cal Poly campus from the Civil Rights Movement to the present day.
» Find out more about Where We Stand
June 8 – July 5, 2010. Kennedy Library is presenting an exhibition highlighting Cal Poly Japanese American students who were unable to complete their education due to their forced relocation and internment during World War II.
» Find out more about Nisei Diploma Project

2009-2010

Gallery at the Commons

April 15 – June 6, 2010. reKinetic is a group istallation featuring Cal Poly students, faculty, and community members with works incorporating reclaimed materials.
» Learn more about reKinetic
April 15 – Sunday, June 6, 2010. A bilingual traveling exhibition to promote diversity awareness and education.
» Learn more about the Migration Project

2008-2009

Gallery at the Commons

Mars Within Reach: Arctic Melodies and Science from the Red Planet

November 7, 2008 – January 12, 2009. Mars Within Reach is an interdisciplinary exhibition that will allow visitors to touch, hear, and interact with data from several recent Mars missions.

 

ChismeArte, ¡Y Que!: Expanding L.A.’s Chicano Aesthetic

April 17th – June 16th, 2008. The exhibition highlights a moment in the careers of a cadre of Chicano authors and artists who would later receive critical acclaim for representing and re-defining L.A.’s Latino experience.

2007-2008

Gallery at the Commons

March 19 – April 6 “Viva la Causa! A Decade of Farm Labor Organizing on the Central Coast” commemorates the struggles and triumphs of early local farm laborers.
» Find out more about César Chávez
An online tribute to Robert E. Kennedy. From college professor to librarian to public relations director to university president to president emeritus, Dr. Kennedy served Cal Poly for 70 years.
» Find out more about Robert E. Kennedy

2006-2007

Gallery at the Commons

May 23 – June 30. A powerful documentary photography exhibit that illustrates immigrant youngsters living on the Central Coast.
» Find out more about Immigrant Youth Living on Central Coast

Designing Interactive Systems for Learning Environments

April 10th – May 13th 2006. Students in Franz Kurfess’s Computer Science and Computer Engineering class set out to create interactive systems for the Learning Commons based on user needs.

Special Exhibits

Julia Morgan online exhibit as the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California.
» Find out more about Julia Morgan
An online archive of past events including: Cal Poly Directors and Presidents, History, 1960 Plane Crash, The P, and Poly Royal.
» Find out more about the University Archives

 

Exhibit policies and spaces

The Kennedy Library’s exhibits program fosters collaboration, student engagement and discovery through partnerships with faculty, students, and members of the Cal Poly community. Our programs highlight work by students and faculty at Cal Poly, and often feature exciting and unique holdings of the library’s Special Collections and Archives.

The library sponsors its own exhibits and considers requests to provide temporary/rotating space for academic departments, student groups recognized by the university, and faculty and students who wish to sponsor an exhibit. Exhibits are managed through the library’s Special Collections Department with support and final approval of the office of the University Librarian.

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Gallery Display Procedures
Kennedy Library provides a creative and inspired environment for students, faculty and the community to share their work. Please download our informational handout Guidelines for Community Exhibits and Gallery Spaces.

 

Exhibit policies

All library exhibits are guided by the library’s mission, values, and vision and by campus policies on freedom of expression.

The library’s exhibits program involves the academic community in visual learning experiences that are informative and educational in nature and reflect the diversity of the university’s curriculum and community. Exhibits supporting the library’s goals and curricular goals of academic programs are given priority.

Because library exhibition spaces are not exclusively gallery spaces, and are not a public forum, all displays must be suitable for view by the broad community of people who visit the library. For additional guidance on the suitability of a proposed exhibit in the library, please see our guidelines for community exhibits and gallery spaces.

Community exhibit spaces

In addition to the Gallery at the Commons on the second floor, used for its major fall and spring exhibits, Kennedy Library offers the campus community several smaller gallery and display spaces.

These spaces offer students, current and former faculty and staff attractive public spaces to share projects and artwork in a relatively informal setting. These spaces are ideal for display of two-dimensional selected creative works by students or faculty, informational displays relating to research at Cal Poly, and similar projects that are relatively limited in scope.

Currently these spaces include:

  • The Library gallery — Located under the stairwell near the library’s main entrance, the gallery is a modern, innovative display space for students and the community to showcase their work in a variety of ways. Artwork can be installed with magnets on glass boards, displayed on a digital monitor, or framed and hung from the gallery rail system.
  • Café gallery — Located in the second floor Learning Commons, this space includes two area galleries — one near Julian’s Cafè and the other in the larger lounge area. Both spaces feature gallery rail systems and track lighting and are suitable for framed two-dimensional works. Artwork must be ready to mount with wires attached.
  • Promotional display space — The library has a small display case and bulletin board that can be reserved for campus event and student club information, at the top of the second floor landing.

General guidelines

  • Due to the open nature of the library’s public spaces, neither the University nor the library can assume responsibility for the security of exhibit items.
  • Because of the nature of the display area as a gathering space the galleries are unable to accommodate freestanding artwork or displays.
  • Any costs incurred are the responsibility of the exhibitor.
  • The exhibitor is responsible for “hanging” the show. Library staff is available to help guide and advise but is not available to hang the physical works.
  • As noted in our exhibit policies above, the library retains the right to determine the suitability of any proposed exhibit. For further guidance please see our guidelines for community exhibits and gallery spaces.

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