Artwork and Exhibits in the Library

Collins Library has many exhibits and artwork. Here is a list of our featured items:

Late summer/early fall 2021

  • October 15, 2021 – January 14, 2022:  Science Stories:  A Collaboration with Book Artists and Scientists
    Co-curated by Lucia Harrison, Tacoma artist and Professor Emeritus from Evergreen College, Jane Carlin, Collins Library Director and Peter Wimberger, Professor of Biology and Director of the Slater Museum, this exhibit pairs artists and scientists in a collaboration.  Check out the Science Stories web site that provides access to images and artists and scientists videos.
  • February – March 2022:  Wildlife:  The Guild of Book Workers
    The Guild of Book Workers was founded in 1906 to "establish and maintain a feeling of kinship and mutual interest among workers in the several hand book crafts." Over 100 years later, the Guild is still vital, with regular traveling exhibitions, a journal, ten regional Chapters, and an annual Standards of Excellence seminar. Guild membership exceeds 800 and has expanded internationally. The organization is still run by volunteers. GBW is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in New York.

    This exhibition will feature approximately 50 works by Guild members. The exhibition will open in the summer of 2021 and travel from five to seven venues across the country, closing in the fall of 2022. Works will include fine and edition bindings, artist's books, broadsides (letterpress printing, calligraphy, and decorative papermaking) and historical binding models. The number of framed wall pieces will make up a very small subset of the entries. Both the bindings and framed works to be exhibited will be selected by a jury to ensure that they are of excellent quality. Previous Guild exhibitions can be viewed online at‚Äč

Previous Exhibits

Puget Sound Book Artists 10th/Redux Annual Members’ Exhibition - (August 9 – October 1, 2021)
"Craftmanship at Its Finest: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Modern Day Tacoma" - Art Exhibit, February 5 – May 17, 2020, Collins Library
All Stitched Up - An international juried book arts exhibition, September 3rd – December 11th, 2019
Diana Weymar: Pages from Interwoven Stories, September 14, 2019, Collins Library, Gallery Room
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) Ninth Annual Members' Exhibition (June 3 – July 31, 2019)
Sarah Bodman:  Read to Me:  A psychometric collaboration with objects (March 12 – May 20, 2019)
Transforming Knowledge: Altered Encyclopedias (February 1 – May 20, 2019)
Memory Lame:  An Unforgettable Installation by Jessica Spring and Scott Gruber (October 22 – January 25)
A Garden of Earthly Delights – Artists’ Books & Sketches by Mark Hoppmann (August 9 – October 14, 2018)
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) Eighth Annual Members' Exhibition 2018 (June 4 – July 27, 2018)
“Louder Than Words: A Portrait of the Black Panther Movement”  (February 1 – May 15, 2018)
Mare Made Exhibit (August 21, 2017 – January 19, 2018)
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) Seventh Annual Members' Exhibition 2017 (Summer 2017)
Chandler O'Leary: Farm to Table

99 Elephants a Day
Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound (Fall 2016)
Limitless Possibilities
(Ceramics art being created here by Puget Sound students.)
Wandering the Stacks
(online exhibit Fall 2016)
Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture (Winter 2016)
2013-2014 Banned or Challenged Books (Online Exhibit)
Book Power Redux (Fall 2014)
Brandywine Workshop (Fall 2014)
Celebrating Theatre (Spring 2015)
Chain Letter of Debtors (Fall 2014)
Dirt? Scientists, Book Artists, and Writers Reflect on Soil and Our Environment (Fall 2015)
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) 4th Annual Members' Exhibition (Summer 2014)
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) Fifth Annual Members' Exhibition (Summer 2015)
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) Sixth Annual Members' Exhibition (Summer 2016)
Shelmidine Exhibit (Spring 2014)
Social Justice Leaders (Online Exhibit)
Sparking Imaginations (Fall 2014)
The University in University Place
Women from the Archives & Special Collections (Watch Video) (Spring 2015)

You can also view the Artwork in the Library.

Information About the Display Space