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.

Upcoming and Current Exhibits

Artists' Books Visiting Exhibit

  Artists Books


May 11 to June 16


South Oregon Room (2nd Floor)


Our library is excited to host a visiting exhibit of artists books with selections from the University of Puget Sound, Collins Memorial Library, and from members of the Puget Sound Book Artists, a Tacoma-based nonprofit organization supporting a community of books artists and those who love books.

An artist's book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the structure or function of "book" as inspiration—a work of art in book form. It is the artistic initiative seen in the illustration, choice of materials, creation process, layout and design that makes it an art object. (Smithsonian Libraries, " What is an artist's book?")

Artists' books in this exhibit are sure to challenge your definition of what a book is! Through these pieces artists/writers from the Pacific Northwest wish to convey messages using the themes of diversity, social justice, sustainability, personal narratives, as well as the collaborative nature of artist and writer.

See descriptions of the pieces on display in Visiting Exhibit of Artists' Books (PDF)

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 1900s

Updegraff Typewriter Collection dating from 1881 to 1924