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Past Exhibits

The University Library Gallery has gone to great lengths to document its many wonderful shows. Click the images marked 'View Show' to experience a past exhibition.

List of Exhibits


February 1 - May 18, 2018

Last Words

September 7 - December 15, 2017

The Golden Age of Book Illustration

February 17, 2017 - May 19, 2017

Beyond Material

September 6, 2016 - December 16, 2016

Venerable Master

July 1, 2016 - July 29, 2016

Traditions Transfigured

February 11, 2016 - May 21, 2016

Earth Island

September 8, 2015 - December 19, 2015

Stremmel Gallery Presents

February 5, 2015 - May 16, 2015

The Metaphysics of Time Perception

September 4, 2014 - December 14, 2014

The Land and the People

Contemporary Korean Prints

An Jeong Min
Chung Sang Gon
Jung Won Chul
Kim Eok
Kim Joon Kwon
Lee Sang Guk
Lee Yun Yop
Ryu Yeun Bok
Suh Sang Hwan
Yoon Yeo Geul


Paul Thiebaud Collection

September 5, 2013 - December 14, 2013

Three Sisters

Bound to the Elements

February 1, 2013 - May 24, 2013

New works by Hong, Bo, and Ling Zhang

Balancing Act

September 71, 2012 – December 15, 2012

Recent works by David Middlebrook.

The Spirit of the Basket

September 1, 2011 – November 19, 2011

The Spirit of the Basket: North American Baskets from the Collection of the California Indian Heritage Center, California State Parks is a wonderful opportunity to see the rich diversity and stunning beauty that can be found in North American Indian basketry.

The Real-Fake

April 1, 2011 – May 28, 2011

The Real-Fake features artists pushing 3D digital media beyond common uses. The show is by curated by Rachel Clarke and Claudia Hart of www.real-fake.org.

New Wave of Chinese
Contemporary Art

December 10, 2010 – March 12, 2011

The University Library Gallery at Sacramento State is pleased to present New Wave of Chinese Contemporary Art. The collection of 19 artists captures the thriving creative energy of a nation undergoing great change.

Through varied media, the art represents the artist's reaction and expression of China's booming economy, rapid industrialization, and growing problems with pollution. The collection presents a unique opportunity to see first-hand the creative expression of new masters in the wake of extraordinary national change.

As They See It

September 2, 2010 – November 13, 2010

The University Library Gallery at Sacramento State is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition, As They See It. The exhibition displays the work of 8 female artists, each of them unique in medium and style. The artists are not native Sacramentans, and thus bring work that is both intriguing and contemplative to the region. As They See It was curated by Sacramento State students, who were given the opportunity to display their own set of skills in gallery management, while introducing the art of this diverse set of talented women to the Capital city.

Gladding McBean: 1875–Present

March 18th, 2010 – June 12th, 2010

Gladding McBean is the only remaining major manufacturer of hand-sculpted Terra Cotta in the United States and has a extremely rich cultural history around the world. Despite a number of technological advances, artisans perform their work using tools similar to those used at its inception.

The Gladding McBean name is known globally and the presence of its ornamental architectural sculptures demonstrate the masterful craftsmanship of these artisans. The pieces displayed in the show are a small sample of what the artisans at Gladding McBean accomplish each day. The exhibit focuses on the diversity of subject matter and application in which each and every piece was used.

Wayne Thiebaud: Works On Paper

December 3rd, 2009 – Marth 6th, 2010

Wayne Thiebaud, born in 1920 in Arizona has made California his home. He received a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in art from Sacramento State. He began his teaching career at Sacramento City College and maintained a thirty year tenure at University of California, Davis. He also served as a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale.

Thiebaud is known for his paintings of cakes and other foods, city and landscapes and people. He is also recognized for his use of intense colors and thick textured application of paint. He has exhibited prolifically and has work in the collections of a number of major institutions in the U.S. such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in Ney York. In 1994 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton.

In Our Time and Place

September 3, 2009 – November 12, 2009

One day Rene di Rosa wandered into a studio where Robert Arneson was making ceramic history. From that meeting grew a love affair between Rene and artists teaching in the Sacramento Area. His adoration quickly grew to include their students as well. Although only a small portion of the entire di Rosa collection, In Our Time and Place gives a sense of Rene's taste as well as of the richness and variety of work done in this northeast quadrant of "Bay Area" art.

Some of the artists in this show have international reputations, but Rene's obsession was never a hunger for accumulation. It was a passion for discovery. Art market trends and the opinions of critics and scholars did not interest him. His response to work was informed but visceral. He brought home what he liked.

After 25 years, Rene felt the Bar Area museums were not honoring the creative energies of these artists. He built his own place of public visitation to showcase his collection. Selling the vineyard portion of his land in Napa, CA, Rene established the nonprofit di Rosa on 217 acres of beautiful countryside. Visitation began in 1997.

David Hume Kennerly

March 13, 2009 – June 27, 2009

Capturing History: the Photography of David Hume Kennerly is a retrospective of the outstanding career of one of America's top photojournalists. With over one million photographs in his archive and six published books of his work, David Hume Kennerly has helped define American photojournalism and continues to do so today. Through 40 years of photo journalism, Kennerly was named one of the top 50 journalists in the world by Washingtonian Magazine. The University Library Gallery is proud to present this Pulitzer Prize winning photographer.

The Dauer Collection

December 5th, 2008 – February 28th, 2009

The University Library Gallery is very pleased to present this important exhibition of contemporary studio ceramics, as collected over four decades, by Sharon and Paul Dauer. More than seventy-five works explore the development of the collectors' aesthetic from seminal acquisitions of vessels by the twentieth century iconic masters, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, through the works of Japanese living national treasures. The exhibition surveys the collectors' selection criteria as it transitioned from an initial intuitive resonance to an ever maturing sophistication.

The Storytellers Art

September 5th, 2008 – November 15, 2008

Designer Kit Hinrichs has been highly praised for his contributions to the design world. Through brilliant annual reports, posters, and books, Hinrichs's work has helped to raise the standards of graphic design as a profession and art. The Storyteller's Art: A Retrospective of the work of Designer Kit Hinrichs is a wonderful collection highlighting the designers mastery of typography, layout, and vision.

Bay Area Figuration

March 7th, 2005 – May 22nd, 2005

During the 1950's, and intrepid group of Bay Area artists abandoned the object-less tenants of San Francisco's Abstract Expressionism. Following David Park, a veteran Bay Area artist and instructor at the California School of Fine Arts, these artists reintroduced discernible forms into their work and propelled the movement through the 1960's.

Behind the Altar

December 3rd, 2004 – February 18th, 2005

Literally translated as "behind the altar", retablos or laminas are religious paintings depicting Catholic scripture. Often hung in homes and churches alike, Spanish missionaries used these pieces of art to teach the Catholic faith to native Latin American peoples.

Images of Identity

September 3rd, 2004 – November 13th, 2004

Images of Identity presents 12 Native American artists. Gathered together because of their ties to California and mastery of their crafts, these 12 artists have all retained ties to the Indian community. Despite education and formal art training in universities, each balances his modern culture and traditional heritage.

The Eyes Have It

March 26th – June 4th, 2004

The Eyes Have It exhibit collects fine folk art from 27 California artists. Often self taught, these artist run through a breadth of styles and content, yet a similar thread of vision and expression runs through them.