Past Exhibits

Scroll through this page to view a selection of featured exhibitions that were previously displayed in the Anderson Academic Commons. This is not a comprehensive representation of all exhibitions that have been shown in the AAC.

Ping Pong: Student Art Show

May 24, 2021 – June 9, 2021

What can students learn from each other? For this exhibit, 12 studio art students traded a piece of their art with another student. This inspired them to create another, new work of art as a response. Each student exhibited two works of art — the traded piece and the response. Deborah Howard, professor at the School of Art and Art History, instructed and supported the students in creating these works.

  • Ping Pong 1
  • Ping Pong 2
  • Ping Pong 3

Ping Pong was curated by Michael Agyepong, Jack Bailey, Justin Bravo, Miki Climer, Cynthia Cote, Joe Goodacre, Serena Jonas, Olivia Kayang, Molly Murphy, Luke Penton, Ariana Sapp, and Lilian Schaffer under the guidance of instructor Deborah Howard, Professor in the School of Art & Art History.

How Are Exhibits Made in the AAC?

January, 2021 – August, 2021

This exhibit was a “behind-the-scenes” display of exhibit development in the AAC using Special Collections & Archives. This exhibit showed the process of how to develop an exhibit from start to finish, elements of good exhibit design, and the amount of work and creativity that goes into making all exhibits, even the small ones. The AAC puts a lot of effort into its exhibits, and Special Collections & Archives have a lot to offer in terms of exhibition and research.

  • How Are Exhibits Made? Intro
  • How Are Exhibits Made? Case Side 1
  • How Are Exhibits Made? Case Side 2
  • How Are Exhibits Made? Conclusion

How Are Exhibits Made in the AAC? was curated by University Libraries Exhibitions.

Healing with Dignity: Caring for Immigrants and Refugees in Denver, Past and Present

September, 2020 – May, 2021

This exhibit, curated by University of Denver students, juxtaposed archival material from the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society (JCRS) with contemporary issues of healthcare access and equity. Each section connected historical artifacts to contemporary organizations, individuals, and questions. Examples from the past and the present were shown side by side to highlight the value of culturally sensitive care, celebrate successful institutions and leaders, and call attention to the work that has yet to be done.

Healing with Dignity was curated by DU students Lizzie Atwood, Kelly Bonk, Emilia Chapa, Lucero Cordova, Regina Pierce, and Sydney Mock, under the direction of Dr. Myntha Anthym, Dr. Moshe Kornfeld, and Ingrid Weyher. This project was made possible by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges and was a joint effort of DU’s Center for Judaic Studies (CJS) and Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society (RMJHS), the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL), and the Beck Archives at University Libraries, with archival support from Dr. Jeanne Abrams and Thyria Wilson. Posters were designed by Madison Sussmann. Special thanks to our community partner, the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library.

The Romance Novel: The Rise & Reputation of a Bestselling Genre

February, 2019 – January, 2021

This exhibit was an overview of romance fiction since 1930. It featured materials recently acquired by DU's Special Collections. It explored the essentials and distinctions of the literary genre, the rise of a billion-dollar industry, circumstances that contribute to the book type's popularity, the romance genre's stigmatized reputation. Best-sellers juxtaposed with unexpected titles underscore the romance novel's influence in the literary canon.

  • Romance 1
  • Romance 3
  • Romance 4
  • Romance 7
  • Romance 8
  • Romance 11
  • Romance 13

The Romance Novel was curated by University Libraries Exhibitions.