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Current Exhibits

Hydraulic Landscapes: Water History and Industrial Photography in California
April 7 - November 1, 2017
Kolligian Library, 355
Curated by Rina Faletti, UC Merced Center for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Hydraulic Landscapes: Water History and Industrial Photography in California explores California's grand-scale water conveyance projects of the mid-20th century. From construction of local Merced canals and Lake Yosemite near campus, to massive concrete works of the Central Valley Project's Delta-Mendota Canal, this exhibit shows how mid-20th century water engineering created a world-famous hydraulic landscape in...
Transitions: Portraits of a Decade Long Journey
October 9, 2017 - January 31, 2018
Kolligian Library, 280
Through a series of black and white photographic portraits taken 10 years apart, photographer Roger J. Wyan’s Transitions project explores the journey of growth and change during the seminal years from teenager to twenty-something adult of UC Merced’s first students. 220 students, mostly freshmen, were photographed in 2005-06. Ten years later, Wyan rephotographed and interviewed 38 of these original alumni to find out where life has taken them.   While the before and after images depict the...
Tissiack: Yosemite Fall Mural
Summer 2016 - Spring 2017
KL380 North
William Poulson’s Tissiack is a stunning depiction Yosemite in the Fall, featuring a view of Half Dome during sunset. “Tissiack” is the Ahwahneechee American Indian tribe’s name for Half Dome. The mural, which stands over 8’ wide by 14’ tall, was completed in 1989, after two full years of design and construction. The mural was created using a traditional method with leaded glass and copperfoil, reinforced with steal, and contains over 2200 pieces of glass that were carefully hand selected by...
The Chief: Yosemite Winter Mural
Spring 2016 - Spring 2017
KL380 North
The stained glass murals of Yosemite are the culmination of many years of drawing, design and fine craftsmanship.  The artist, William Poulson, is inspired by the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, the words of John Muir, and the paintings of artist Albert Bierstadt. In 1986, he spent three months camping in the Yosemite Valley and sketching from different viewpoints. Once the design and composition were complete, he spent 10 months perfecting the full-scale drawings. It then took a...