In Light of the Past

Experiencing Photography 1839–2021

March 5, 2021 - October 9, 2021

This exhibition considers how we experience photographs, from the origins of the daguerreotype and paper negative to digital imagery. It examaines the ways in which we make, view, comprehend, and consume photographic imagery. This wide-ranging exhibition draws together more than one-hundred objects, including early photographic media to printed books, magazines, projected imagery, and cell phones. This exhibition is curated by art history majors Tenzin Crowley, Ana-Elena Karlova, Hill Gobourne, Emma Larson-Whittaker, Zuquin Qi, and Jackson Rhodes.


Senior Studio Majors Thesis Exhibition

April 30, 2021 - September 11, 2021

This exhibition features thesis projects by senior studio art majors Devon Anderson, Gracyn Bird, Ernest Entsie, Ruodan Que, Clara Roth, and Jeremy Yu, under the direction of Rachel Eng with Todd Arsenault, Anthony Cervino, and Andy Bale. 








Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States

June 18, 2021 - June 21, 2021

The museum will be closed Saturday, June 19. It will reopen to the college community (students, faculty, staff) on Monday, June 21.

In celebration of Juneteenth, we present here from the museum's collection this handcolored print from Harpers Weekly (January 1863) which commemorates Emancipation.

Juneteenth commemorates the date, June 19, 1865, when Union Army general Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom for slaves in Texas. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 had officially outlawed slavery in Texas and the other states that had rebelled against the Union almost two and a half years earlier. Enforcement of the Proclamation generally relied on the advance of Union troops. Texas, as the most remote of the slave states, had seen an expansion of slavery and had a low presence of Union troops as the American Civil War ended; thus, enforcement there had been slow and inconsistent prior to Granger's announcement. Although the Emancipation Proclamation declared an end to slavery in the Confederate States, slavery was still legal and practiced in two Union border states – Delaware and Kentucky – until December 6, 1865, when ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished chattel slavery nationwide.

This print is a gift to the museum from Darlene K. Morris in honor of the Hackenbergers and Heimbaughs.