Exhibitions A-Z

This is a list of all exhibitions in alphabetical order.

100 Years of Ulysses

May 26th - June 10th, 2022 in Beuth Atrium.
The James Joyce Collection at Union College is housed in Schaffer Library's Special Collections and Archives. A small, yet rich collection of rare editions and ephemera, the James Joyce Collection offers researchers unique items related to international Bloomsday events, first and rare editions, and Joycean ephemera.

50th Anniversary of Coeducation

Digital Exhibit: March 18th, 2020
The goal of the exhibit is to recognize the sisterhood of students whose accomplishments have helped shaped Union’s success. With courage and commitment, these women and others, alongside students of color, helped build the foundation for a more diverse student body, faculty and leadership at Union College. Today, women represent 47 percent of enrolled students.

A Mutual Need for Friendship in New Surroundings

March 1st - April 1st, 2024 in the Beuth Atrium
“A Mutual Need for Friendship in New Surroundings”: The Union College Student Wives Association and Childcare Center, 1965-1986. This exhibition features materials from two collections in Union’s archives: the Student Wives Association of Union College and the Childcare Center Reunion Collection.

Adirondack Portraits: The Photography of Osmond D. Putnam

March 23rd - June 9th, 2023 in Beuth Atrium.
The Osmond D. Putnam photographs (ARL-081) provide a glimpse into the close of the 19th century as the Adirondacks moved from an isolated wilderness to a permanently settled part of the state. The communities in which Putnam took photographs were not the great camps and high peaks of the seasonal tourist. Rather, they were the remote valleys where settlers labored to eke out a hard-scrabble existence from the land around them.

Artists' Books: Where to put the Apostrophe?

January 5 - May 31, 2015 in the Lally Reading Room.
This display of artists' books is part of a larger, three-part exhibition, Mot Juste, a celebration of text and language in contemporary visual arts on view during winter term 2015.

Beyond the Hasheesh Eater

October 20th - Spring, 2017 in the Beuth Atrium
This exhibit features Fitz Hugh Ludlow, A Nineteenth Century Writer and Adventurer best known to the Union College community for penning our Alma Mater, the Ode to Old Union.

Black Space: Reading (and writing) Ourselves into the Future

February 2nd - September 30th, 2017 in the Lally Reading room.
The materials assembled in this exhibit introduce visitors to Afrofuturist musicians, authors and speculative artists, and retroactively designated Afrofuturists texts to challenge assumptions about the black experience. That is so say, the often racially coded Digital Divide is much narrower than once thought; there is a thriving Black cyberculture populated with Afropunks, Steamfunkers, Bleeks (black geeks) & Blerds (black nerds), and a very active black science fiction community who not only produce a vast body of speculative fiction but who also create comics, graphic fiction/nonfiction, film and speculative art.

Blake at Union

Digital Exhibit: January 5th, 2018
This exhibit is a companion to a research website showcasing the works of author, artist, and printmaker William Blake to be released the Schaffer Library in late April, 2018. The development of the website would not have been possible with Union College's extensive collection of print facsimiles of Blake's illuminated books and commercial works. The presentation online of an enhanced catalog of this collection and the digitization of selected images, undertaken to inspire and promote student creativity, forever intertwines the digital with the print.

Blake at Union: From Print to Digital To Print

April 9th - September 21st, 2018 in the Lally Reading room.
This exhibit is a companion to a research website showcasing the works of author, artist, and printmaker William Blake to be released the Schaffer Library in late April, 2018. The development of the website would not have been possible with Union College's extensive collection of print facsimiles of Blake's illuminated books and commercial works.

Brick by Brick: 175 Years of Engineering at Union College

Digital Exhibit: July 13th, 2020
This website provides a general overview of the history of engineering at Union College and will hopefully serve as inspiration for those interested in learning more about this storied history.

Browsing the Past @ Schaffer Library

May 30th - June 1st, 2014 in the Lally Reading room.
A mini three-day exhibit featuring memorabilia such as t-shirts, collectible figurines, frisbees, photos, etc, from the class of 1964.

Charles Proteus Steinmetz

May 5th - May 16th, 2019 in the Lally Reading room.
Charles Proteus Steinmetz was a Union College Professor of Electrical Engineering, 1902-1913 and Professor of Electro-Physics (non-teaching) from 1913-1923

Darwin @ Union

April 1st - May 31st, 2009 in the Lally Reading room.
This exhibit celebrated the conjunction of three events: the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth in 1809, the 150th anniversary of the first publication of his On the Origin of Species in 1859, and the gift to Union College of a first and sixth edition of On the Origin of Species as well as the first volume of Darwin’s The Descent of Man (1871), all donated to the College by Aaron J. Feingold, Union College Class of 1972.

Dickens in America

February 9th - March 31st, 2010 in the Lally Reading room.
The exhibit featured first editions of Dickens’ fiction and non-fiction writings on the United States as well as archival materials from the papers of John Bigelow (Union College Class of 1835), who became personally acquainted with Dickens during his “public readings” tour of the U.S. in 1867/68.

Digging Deeper

August 12th - November 15th, 2019 in the Lally Reading Room
In the winter of 2017, a lock of George Washington's hair was discovered in the stacks of the Special Collections Department at Union College, triggering an international media storm. The lock of hair was found in a small envelope that was tucked inside a rare book entitled Gaine's Universal Register (1793).

Dogs All Over The Place

January 3rd - March 25th, 2024 in the Lally Reading Room
Dogs have shared our campus since the earliest days of Union College. This exhibit includes a brief history of Union College canines.

Gazes on the Colonial Maghreb: North African Postcards of Jewish Women

October 19th - February 11th, 2013 in the Lally Reading Room
Schaffer Library Gallery exhibits North-African Postcards depicting Jewish women, children, & families dating from the early twentieth century.

Grassroots Activism and the American Wilderness

Digital Exhibit: December 5th, 2018
This website showcases themes and material available for further exploration in the John S. Apperson Jr. Papers and the Paul Schaefer Collection held at the Adirondack Research Library of the Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Hell No, We Won't Go!

March 11th - May 11th, 2020 in the Lally Reading Room
This exhibit, using Union College as a case study, examines the importance of protests on college campuses during this time period. By shedding light on the various protests at Union during these years, current student visitors will be able to compare and contrast their experiences. What made this era unique? What are campus protests like today?

Humanities & Engineering @ Union

September 1st - December 31st, 2013 in the Lally Reading Room
This exhibit showcases traditions and innovations that combine Humanities and Engineering perspectives in Union’s curriculum, student and faculty research, campus structures, and co-curricular and student activities.

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