Art Displays and Exhibits

We are a group of library faculty and staff dedicated to creating and hosting art displays and exhibits that entertain and educate.

Do you have a project from your students that you want to highlight? Do you have an idea for a display? If you have questions or comments, please contact Elizabeth Marcus, Chair of the Exhibits Committee.

Please read the Exhibit/Display Policy if you are interested in using the space in the library. All exhibitors need to fill out the Exhibit Inventory Form. If you wish to challenge a display or exhibit, please read the Intellectual Freedom/Challenge Form.

Selected 2013-2014 Exhibits and Displays

2014 Hunter Library Creativity Exhibit

Put your creative work on display this summer during the 2nd annual Hunter Library Creativity Exhibit to be held June 9th through August 31st, 2014. This exhibit is open to all WCU staff and faculty. Drawings, paintings, photographs, songs, poetry, sculpture, jewelry, and textile arts are just a few examples of what we seek. So share your creativity with the WCU community and get inspired by what others create! All entries must be dropped off at the Hunter Library Circulation Desk the week of June 2nd through June 6th, 2014 between  8:00am and 5:00pm. Pick up dates: September 2nd through 5th, 2014 between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 6th, 2014. For additional information, please read the detailed guidelines on the submission form. If you are interested in participating, please turn your completed submission form in at the Hunter Library Circulation Desk.

2011-2012 Exhibits and Displays

Civil War 150


Hunter Library presents a display to commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War. The exhibit features several artifacts on loan to Hunter Library from the Mountain Heritage Center that highlight civilian and military life during the Civil War in western North Carolina. Included are items such as a coverlet made before the war in Haywood County, a quilt that was possibly buried for safe keeping during the war near the Hayesville house in which it was made, and ante-bellum tableware that was used by a prominent 19th century family from Murphy. The military items include a sword carried by an officer from Buncombe County and a cartridge box used by a Jackson County soldier. While the Center does not have a lot of Civil War items, a number of the artifacts it does hold have associations with known individuals and families, making them more significant and interesting to share. The exhibition also includes a display of selected books on the Civil War from Hunter Library’s collection, featuring histories, war time diaries and collections of personal correspondence. Civil War 150 will be on display in Hunter Library’s exhibits hallway on the main floor near the Java City lounge through December 14th, 2012.

Art the Vote 2012: Your Vote Counts


  Western Carolina University’s institutional theme for this year is “Citizenship & Civility.” Dr. Niall Michelsen and Adjunct faculty Marie Cochran collaborated to create an assignment that fosters civic engagement: “Art the Vote: Your Vote Counts.” The goal of this project is to elevate the importance of registering and voting, and to investigate the power of visual images. Students were tasked with creating collages that are non-partisan and do not use images of any of the political candidates. Instead, they were asked to illustrate important domestic and international issues in their work. The works on display at Hunter Library are a selection of 3 collages from a total of 26 entries. The three finalists were selected in "primary balloting" by students in Julie Boisseau's Art 104 (Introduction to Visual Art) class. Now, you are invited to cast your vote for the composition that most successfully represents an important issue of this campaign and encourages the act of voting. The three finalists will be on display near Hunter Library's front desk through the end of October, and the winning composition will be elected the first week in November. Come to Hunter Library to cast your vote for the best candidate!

Ooodles and Ooodles of Doodles


doodles exhibit  This exhibit features 133 doodles by Hunter Library Systems Librarian Jill Ellern. In over 25 years as a professional librarian, Jill has attended thousands of hours of meetings, and created hundreds of doodles on scraps of paper, agendas, notepad paper, PostIt notes, card stock, even a banana… Turning all that down time during meetings to artistic use is what it’s all about. Check out this full interview with Jill in the September 4th 2012 issue of WCU's Reporter newsletter. Jill’s innovative artwork will be on display near the front entrance of the library through December 2012, and she hopes this exhibit will inspire you to take up doodling during your next long meeting!

Exhibits from previous years


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