Exhibits in the University Libraries' Galleries

Libraries are of course for research but they are also about the sharing of knowledge and ideas. One of the ways Boston College Libraries share ideas is through exhibits in the various gallery spaces throughout the libraries. The University Libraries sponsor several exhibits throughout the year. The gallery spaces are: Level One Gallery and Level Three Gallery on O'Neill levels 1 and 3 respectively; Bapst Gallery, the upper and lower levels in Bapst Library; and The Atrium Gallery in the lower level of the Theology and Ministry Library on the Brighton Campus. Proposals for exhibits are submitted and approved and then the planning, selection of work, installing, and take down of each exhibit is coordinated by the Exhibits Specialist.

Level One Gallery

O'Neill's Level One Gallery has been featuring exhibits of student clubs, groups, and organizations for the past five years. The exhibits run for one month and are curated by students from their respective groups. For many of these it is the first time they are indicating to the broader BC community the goals, activities and so on of their organization. It is exciting to work with students from inception of a project to completion. They invariably experience a distinct satisfaction when they see their work on display. Past exhibits in O'Neill's Level I Gallery have included:

Level Three Gallery

O'Neill's Level Three Gallery features faculty, alumni, and staff exhibits. Exhibits have included:

Bapst Galley

In the spring of 2004, Bapst Gallery became the host for the first ever Boston College student art gallery. The gallery is a joint endeavor of the Bapst Art Library, the Fine Arts Department, and the Art Club, a student group for the promotion of the arts on campus. The gallery features a range of media including painting, sketches, watercolors, photography, and ceramic sculptures. Students plan, jury, hang, and manage several exhibits throughout the year. The highlight of the year is the Faculty and Staff Art Show celebrating the creativity of the Boston College employees, an annual exhibit inaugurated in 2004.

Exhibits have included:

Self Portrait Show

Self Portrait Show
(featuring students' works from the class "Art of Portraiture" by Professor Sammy Chong, SJ)

Atrium Gallery

The Atrium Gallery is the Libraries' newest gallery. It is managed by Esther Griswold, Head Librarian of the Theology and Ministry Library on the Brighton Campus. Exhibits focus on the Jesuit mission of Boston College and the values of the School of Theology and Ministry. Last year's exhibit was:

Seeing the Man: Art from Behind Bars, a Vision of Restorative Justice and Healing a joint effort between the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Prison Ministry Initiative, Faith and Justice Committee, and Do-Right Ministries, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about the American justice system and promotes healing through art.

Currently on display is the exhibit A Closer Bond: Thomas Merton and the Jesuit Fathers at Boston College curated by Barbara Hebard, Conservator of the Burns Library:

Stokes Hall

Another venue for library exhibits takes place in Stokes Hall. Collaboration between the History Department and the Burns Library, Archives and Special Collections has resulted in a series of exhibits. Working with history professors from the course HS 600.01 Making History Public, librarians from Burns and the Exhibits Specialist have coordinated their efforts to produce a public exhibition in the History Department in Stokes Hall. Students are given special access to the Burns Library collections and rare books to create their projects. They choose the materials and write accompanying labels for exhibits.

Exhibits in the University Libraries have extended the way libraries are utilized on campus. They are gathering places for research, studying, and presentation of ideas. To learn more about the gallery exhibits see Exhibits at Boston College Libraries through the Libraries' website. This site also includes details on the small exhibits in the display in cases in O'Neill Library and Burns Library.

Kevin Tringale
Exhibits Specialist
Boston College Libraries