Library Exhibits and Art Gallery

The Barber Library hosts rotating art exhibits through out the academic year in the Rotunda Gallery. The expansive Rotunda area within the main lobby of the library has an abundance of natural light and architectural features that creates a commanding area for the visual arts. The gallery displays the creative talents of students, faculty and regional artists with the purpose of provoking artistic interpretation in a learning environment. Find out more about showing your art in the  Rotunda Gallery.

Through the Looking Glass
Featured Artist  -  Ron Johnson Photography

September 28 through December 4, 2015

Artist Statement by Ron Johnson

I have been in love with the medium of photography for over 45 years. I have evolved from the film era of developing and printing by hand in the chemical environment to the advent of digital capture and processing by computer.  I had the opportunity of shooting weddings for a well known studio in Portland called Photography by Fudge during the 80’s.  My enthusiasm kept me pursuing the knowledge and techniques of photography as it continued to change over time.  Some of my accomplishments were being published in Petersen’s Photographic and winning several awards in competitions ranging from the East County Visual Arts Exhibition to Landscape Photographer of the year.  While I enjoy most forms of photography I particularly enjoy underwater, macro, landscape and abstract photography. Seeing the depths of the ocean through the camera lens offers many exciting discoveries and allows interaction with a wide variety of colorful and fascinating life forms.  My interest in abstract photography allows me to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary by taking it out of context or isolating elements in a way that creates a question for the viewer as to the “reality” of what they are looking at.  At that point it isn’t an object to be identified and forgotten, it is a study of light, form and intrigue.

Rotunda Gallery - Previous Major Exhibits

Creating an Artist's Idea in Clay

The Artful Beauty of Science

The Spirit of Our Northwest Forests

Permanent Collections on Display

Van Vleet Photography Historical Collection dating from 1900’s 

Updegraff Typewriter Collection dating from 1881 to 1924.