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The goal of the library exhibition program is to provide a space for student work and campus research to be shared with the community and that our exhibition program provides an opportunity to present stories, voices, and work that otherwise may not be able to be shared.

The Civil Rights Movement in Utah

Level 4, Special Collections

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a selection of documents from the archive are on display to reflect how his work has reverberated and influenced the people of Utah.  The exhibit presents civil rights legislation and why it matters.  It also presents local activists and organizations that have and still advocate for civil rights in Utah such as Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ rights, the women’s rights movement, and more. Dr. King’s work lives on today through the voices and actions of these groups and individuals.  It also demonstrates that the civil rights movement is not only about the past but also about the present.

Racial Lynching in Utah

Level 2, Hallway Display

January 24, 2023 – April 21, 2023

This exhibit memorializes the victims of lynching in Salt Lake County, Utah. The exhibit has been created by the Sema Hadithi African American Cultural Heritage Foundation as part of the Salt Lake County Coalition. The soil in the jars displayed here were collected on June 11, 2022 at the sites of two racial lynchings that occurred in Salt Lake City in 1866 and 1883. The victims were Thomas Coleman (1866) and William (“Sam Joe”) Harvey (1883).

Booking a Brouhaha

Level 4 Exhibition Space

December 9th 2022 – February 17th 2023

Book Arts Program Students trigger quite a commotion as they showcase the final editions and ingenious bookwork created as part of spring and fall courses. As the world of the printed page explodes in different directions these students utilize the ensuing pandemonium to instigate stunning innovations in the art of the book.

The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a ceramic artist at the U

Level 1 Lobby

January 9th, 2023 – March 31st, 2023

This exhibition covers one artist’s journey, showing varied works – in ceramics and in textiles — by U of U ceramics student Andrea Fábrega. After a successful 25 year career as a ceramic artist working in miniature, she burned out. Seeking new inspiration and rejuvenation as an artist, she drove a family move to Salt Lake City in 2017 after 26 years in the Bay Area. Her ongoing artistic and creative journey is back on track thanks to the Ceramics program at The U.

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