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Current Exhibits

Sustainability in Higher education

April 24 - May 28, 2018 | Various Levels

The Environmental Sustainability Living and Learning Community created a series of exhibits in collaboration with the University Libraries to showcase their research into "The Past, Present, and Future of Sustainability in Higher Education." Topics explored in these exhibits include DU's bike culture and arboretum, as well as student-led initiatives to combat food waste on campus. The efforts of student activists are highlighted, as are plant-based diets and the phenomenon of "unnatural disasters."

Students will be presenting their exhibits on Tuesday, April 24 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM in AAC 290.


Thru August 5, 2018  | Main Level, Special Events Room (AAC 290)

josef korbel's pipes

Home to rare books, manuscripts, records, photographs, oral histories, and artifacts, our Special Collections & Archives is a treasure trove of historical works and cultural gems. This exhibition showcases some extraordinary things you find here, including Josef Korbel's pipes, shown above. Korbel, a Czech-American diplomat, political scientist and professor, founded DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.


Thru June 3, 2018 | Lower Level, Special Collections Reading Room (AAC 101)

The Mark: Laura Wait exhibitCurated by Ashley Colley, doctoral student in the DU Creative Writing program, this exhibition focuses on unpacking the works of artist Laura Wait. Her artist books are marked by their attention to the imagistic quality of written text. Their illegible but beautifully arranged typography, handwriting, and pseudotextual "marks" invite viewers to admire the visual elements of writing beyond its capacity for signification. Together, these markings reveal Wait's "hand" as an artist, which is alternately expressive and exact.

Seeking Grace: early black alumnae at du

February 27, 2017 - April 15, 2018 | Upper Level, The Loft (AAC 340)

art awareness diversity exhibit

This exhibit features the history of early Black alumnae at the University of Denver (1900-1945). Most histories of women of color at predominantly white institutions begin and end with "firsts" – the first student, first faculty member, etc. Much is known about DU's first Black woman graduate Emma Azalia Hackley (1900) but less so for the second Black woman graduate Grace Mabel Andrews (AB 1908) and the Black women who followed her during the first half of the twentieth century.

Grace, and so many Black women like her, appear in glimpses: a commencement program, a yearbook photograph, an entry in a census record, a mention in a newspaper. Her own records - diaries, photographs, letters - are not found in any institutional archives. This exhibit's title is deliberate; in seeking Grace's history, we also seek a measure of representation and reconciliation for her, and for all who followed in her footsteps.

Reception: Friday, April 6th, 4-6 PM, AAC 340

Hosted by the University of Denver Sistah Network.


March 1 - June 10, 2018 | Upper Level, Gottesfeld Room (AAC 313) & Cases

The Printed Page III Exhibition

Curated by Alicia Bailey, Director of Abecedarian Artists' Books, Printed Page III is a series of satellite exhibits featuring book works and prints as part of the bi-annual MoPrint (Month of Printmaking) in Denver. The works are created using traditional and contemporary hand-printing techniques. For the catalog and other details, visit The works will also be available for purchase by arrangement with Abecedarian Artists' Books.


March 3 - May 10, 2018 | Upper Level, Deline Family Area (AAC 376)

Pioneering Jewish Women Exhibit

The Gold Rush of 1859 brought the first Jewish settlers West to Colorado in search of opportunity, freedom, and adventure. Jewish women took advantage of the unsettled nature of the region to open new doors for themselves in the public sphere in ways not often possible in other parts of the country. A number of Colorado Jewish women were prominent in social welfare and progressive reform, commerce, and the professions. As they developed their own communal institutions which fostered Jewish identity and activities, Colorado's Jewish women also played a critical role in the growth and development of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.


October 26, 2017 - June 17, 2018 | Upper Level, Dean's Suite Area (AAC 370)

Personal Histories of Photography Exhibit

This exhibition showcases two community engagement projects celebrating the intimate relationship between photographs and memory. Conceived by Prof. Roddy MacInnes, the projects brought together DU students and residents of Clermont Park Retirement Community to build relationships, share stories, and capture memories through visual, oral and textual practices. By way of creative exchanges, photography helped bridge the generational gap and unlocked the door to meaningful experiences for all participants.

festival caravan 1973-1985

Thru March 2018 | Lower Level, Special Collections & Archives (AAC 101)

Festival Caravan Exhibit


Full description coming soon.

#RESIST: Student Activism at the University of Denver

Thru June 21, 2018 | Lower Level, near elevator

student activism at du exhibit

#RESIST presents a visual narrative of student activism on campus over the past fifty years. It recounts such activist events and experiences through several photographs of historic and recent protests sourced from the DU Archives and from the personal collections of current students. Presented by University Libraries, Center for Multicultural Excellence, and various student activists.

Learn more about student activism at DU in the #RESIST online exhibit

Blazing the Trail: Colorado Jewish History

Ongoing | Lower Level, near Quiet Study Area (AAC 180)

The Gold Rush of 1859 brought the first Jewish Settlers to Colorado in search of opportunity and adventure. The unpredictability of gold mining and a growing demand for supplies encouraged many of the early Jewish pioneers to open small businesses. By the 1870s, Jewish families helped to establish stable communities in Denver as well as Leadville, Central City, Trinidad, and Pueblo as part of Colorado's development. This exhibit traces the central role of Denver's early Jews in the city's growth and prosperity.

Upcoming Exhibits 

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