Current & Upcoming Exhibits

All Exhibits

Each floor of the Anderson Academic Commons hosts a number of different exhibitions that change almost every quarter. These include fine art installations, student-curated shows, displays of faculty, student, and staff scholarship, and exhibitions curated from Special Collections & Archives and the Beck Archives. 

Scroll down to see all current exhibitions, upcoming installations, and events.


"Created Permanence: Picturing the Avian Past and Present"

Upper Level, Dean's Suite Area

November 13, 2023 - March 11, 2024

Exhibit promotional image with title and illustration of birds from the Audubon volumes

This exhibition is a collaboration between DU’s Special Collections and Archives and the University Art Collection. The University of Denver’s collection of prints by John J. Audubon and John Gould inspired this exhibition. Their foundational work in avian studies is still affecting the art and science world. The work by Audubon, Gould, and other contemporary artists explore the way birds are viewed both in the past and the present.

"Art and Observations in Health Care"

Upper level, The Loft Walls

November 17, 2023 - March 2024

This exhibit features the creative works made by first-year students reflecting their knowledge and critical understanding of human-centered health care.

"Judy Anderson Artist Book Retrospective"

Upper level, Dean's Suite Area

April 18 - July 7, 2024

Judy Anderson with seven of her artists' books

Judy Anderson works with a variety of materials and processes to create organic abstract images that are combined to form one-of-a-kind sculptural books. The focus is always on process—to produce a large body of work responding to a particular idea without being limited by set expectations of the finished product.

"The 25th Anniversary Celebration of DU's Office of Teaching and Learning"

Upper level, The Loft Walls

April 16 to September 29, 2024

Explore how teaching, and its tools, have changed through the decades. This exhibit explores the past contributions of DU's Office of Teaching and Learning as they pertain to faculty and students.

“Stories from the Archives, 2024”

Upper level, Deline Family Reading Room

June - October 2024

This annual exhibit features the work of DU students. During the Spring Quarter, the students delve deep into the Special Collections and Archives to curate digital exhibits. They then submit one part of their exhibit to a physical installation.


"Gail Watson Artist Book Retrospective"

Lower Level, Special Collections and Archives Built-in Cases

August 21, 2023 - January 21, 2024

Gail Watson invitation in green and gray with exhibit and event details

Gail Watson is a Colorado artist, and this exhibit is a retrospective of her life's work creating artists' books. She says, "Many of my books are personal explorations that help me understand and lay claim to my life, where I've been, and where I'm going."


Thursday, September 21, 2023

5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Artist talk at 6:30 P.M.

University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80210, Schayer Seminar Room, Lower Level, Room 102.

Event is free and open to the public, DU students, faculty, and staff.

"Jewish Denver's Theater Legacy"

Main Level, Helen Morris Built-in Cases

September 8 - December 14, 2023

Title with a victorian era graphic design

This exhibit highlights and celebrates the contributions of Jewish Denverites to the world of theater arts.

"Selections from DU's Special Collections and Archives' Fine Press and Artists' Books Collection"

Upper level, Built-in Cases

September 18, 2023 - March 17, 2024 

Title image with black and white flowers at the top and the title of the exhibit.

To showcase the University Libraries' remarkable artists' books collection, this exhibit features books representing the different ranges of themes represented in the collection.

"DU Outdoors"

Upper level, Northwest corner, Deline Family Reading Room

April 6, 2022 – December 8, 2023

Exhibit title graphic with an image of three women DU students sitting and standing on rocks in an alpine lake.

Student organizations and University programs throughout time have created opportunities for DU students to leave some of their stress behind on campus and journey to the mountains. "DU Outdoors" uses DU Special Collections and Archives to explore the history of student outdoor recreation.

"Stories from the Archives, 2023"

Upper level, The Loft Walls

May 18, – October 2023

Stories from the Archives, 2022 promotional image

For Stories from the Archives, 2023, students delved into DU’s Special Collections and Archives to tell the stories that interested them the most, from early tuberculosis treatments to DU’s sporting history, from students’ yearbook memories to student activism.