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.


Creating an Artist's Idea in Clay

Phil Newman

Artist's Reception September 30,  4 to 6 pm

July 17 through October 13, 2014

I view my compositions as major statements of my artistic expression in paint and sculpture. I am drawn to works by Modigliani, Picasso, and Wassily Kandinsky because of the way they manipulate ancient artifacts and the use of bold geometric shapes in painting and sculpture. I have always been interested in the Medieval Circus, Cirque Du Soleil performers, Renaissance Carnival and Theater. In my current work, all these influences have been combined to illustrate the forms of the figure, as well as bold geometric shapes in my paintings. I deliberately elongate the legs, body, and head dress, and use great detail to depict the costumes that resemble a myriad of cultures.

I research material for inspiration, so that I can expand and experiment with large structures both in painting and sculptures that are spontaneous and stimulating to the eye, and exercise a mood, or emotion that captivates the viewer.   My goal is to utilize my artistic expression as a vehicle for communication in teaching art and scenic design.



Rotunda Gallery - Previous Major Exhibits

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.