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Current Exhibits


Thru August 31 | Upper Level, near The Loft (AAC 340)

What stories can we tell? What stories can't we tell? What stories aren't being told? Using an inquiry driven approach to research and writing, students in sections of WRIT 1733 conducted original research in DU's Special Collections and Archives, examining texts and artifacts that shed light on the stories--told and untold--that make up the historical record.

This installation collects student curated exhibits that tell a range of stories: from histories of college life to real-life struggles of marginalized communities, from health trends in cookbooks to abstractions in artist books, from observations of the heavens to explorations of the mountains.

The full findings of each project are available on the DU Portfolio platform.


Thru August 15 | Upper Level, near Dean's Suite (AAC 370)

Holocaust survivor portrait

This exhibit features 21 portrait drawings as well as study materials, photographs, and other associated artworks from Prof. Deborah Howard, DU faculty and Jewish artist, that are now part of Beck Memorial Archives.

Artist Talk | May 2, 11am-12:30pm, AAC Special Events Room (290). Public event, but reservations requested. 


Thru June 15, Prysm Wall (AAC Cafe)

Mirco Macro An Exploration of Binary Systems Exhibit

This collection of videos by Emergent Digital Practices students in Professor Laleh Mehran's Video Art class interprets diverse micro and macro structures embedded in our individual and collective existence, including social environments, evolution, industry, politics, memory, and ecosystems, among others. By exploring diverse "micro/macro" themes, these videos shed light on the nuanced complexities of contemporary life. 

Seeking Grace: early black alumnae at du

On Display | Morgridge College of Education, Ruffatto Hall, 2nd Floor

Seeking Grace: Early Black Alumnae at DU

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.

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 


Sept 4 - December 30 | Lower Level, Main Stairs

Photograph of the Soil, an artwork by Sammy Lee

This exhibition explores the importance of the artistic process and all the steps taken to reach a final product. In the same way that all the individual pieces slowly come together to make a beautiful piece of art, social movements for change are driven by a collection of inspired people looking to make a difference. In the end, when it all comes together, it is more than the sum of its parts.

Sammy Lee is a local Denver artist who works in the genre of book art. She is not an author in the sense of writing stories on paper, but her work embodies ideas, imagination, and story put forth in material.