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Current Exhibits

Hydraulic Landscapes: Water History and Industrial Photography in California
April 7 - July 7, 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...
Refugee Currents: Bodies at Sea
April 14 - August 14, 2017
Kolligian Library, 380
Refugee Currents: Bodies at Sea includes six original mixed art pieces inspired by major themes in Critical Refugee Studies research that honor the agency and resiliency of refugees and heighten public awareness and education of this global issue to cultivate coalitional consciousness and solidarity with the struggles of peoples around the world who are forced to migrate. As a technique of moving energy, each art piece is accompanied by poetry, meditation, or hip hop lyrics. Through an...
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...