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Permanent Exhibits

Structures of Utility

UC Merced Library, Floor 2

Photographs by David Stark Wilson capture California's beautiful natural landscapes, agricultural buildings and structures of utility. Wilson captures structures made over the past one and a half centuries in California, including hydraulic mines, stamp mills, windmills, tank houses, grain elevators, and silos. Of his own photography, Wilson writes, "Vessels of human endeavor, these structures demonstrate the importance of buildings that relate to the land ... it is the value of form generated by function and place that is embodied in these structures of utility."

The Great Central Valley

Kolligian East Floor 2 (Library Administrative Offices), Floor 3

In 1982, photographers Stephen Johnson and Robert Dawson set out to photograph the region where they grew up: the heartland of California. Their photographs, alongside historical images by Carleton Watkins, Dorothea Lange, and others, examine such themes as water, agriculture,oil, and industrialization to depict the historical significance, productivity, and transformation of the region. Originally presented at the California Academy of Sciences, the exhibit is on long-term loan to UC Merced.

Amri Carved Crystal Art

Kolligian East Floors 1, 2, and 4

The UC Merced Library has recognized our Legacy Circle supporters with carved crystal art produced by the award-winning Amri Studio. See images of the Amri crystal in the Library as well as photographs of its installation


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