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Current Exhibits

Waterscapes & Wet Bodies through the Colonial Eye: West Africa, Hawai'i, and India
February 7 - May 7, 2018
Kolligian Library, 380
Water and wet bodies have been viewed in a variety of ways in different historical periods and geographies. This exhibit illustrates how people in West Africa, Hawai'i, and India have, historically understood water: incorporated it into designed landscapes, places of worship, and residence; grappled with its scarcity; and practiced sensual immersive cultural practices such as swimming, bathing, surfing, and ritualized blood sports with marine creatures. These traditions provided lives with...
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...