Students: Propose an Exhibition!

Myla Fay Salton Sea 

Student-organized Exhibitions in the Libe

We welcome proposals from students. Exhibit your artwork from your drawing class, your photographs from your fellowship travel, or set up a display with your student group. We’re not a museum or a gallery, but we do provide interesting spaces, some secure display opportunities, and a great audience: Carleton students, faculty and staff, alumni, community members who use the library, prospective students and family members love seeing the exhibits in the Libe.

Image: Installation view of Salton Sea, an artist's book project by Myla Fay


Kale Zicafoose installation 

How to propose an exhibition

We do require you to propose your display or exhibit in advance to the Library’s curator. We often have space available, but it is first-come, first-served. We'll meet with you to talk about your idea, and work with you to find a good space, set up a timeline and checklist, and to install the exhibition. You'll be responsible for delivering the display materials/artwork to the library, and writing up information about the project, for the interest of Library users and visitors.

For tips on planning an exhibition, see the Gould Research Guide, Tips and Tools for Planning Exhibitions.

Image: Installation by Kale Zicafoose '11, Fitzgerald and Hemingway's Women, Digital printing on fabric. 


Advance proposal and approval

Think through what you want to exhibit, what you want to tell people about it, where in the Library it may be displayed, and what kind of facilities you need (For example: A wall to hang pictures on? A display case to lock small, valuable items in? A computer monitor to show images on?). Write up these ideas and e-mail or deliver your proposal in advance. Exhibit opportunities and facilities in the Library are limited.

Identification and interpretation

We want our Library visitors and users to enjoy and learn from the art and exhibits here. Library staff will produce didactic labels for identifying you and your work, and for telling—in your own words—something about the intention, background, or conclusions of your work. These may include: Your name and class; the title and medium or materials of your work; a brief statement about the artwork or project. This information must be submitted as a Word document, for formatting and fabrication by Library staff.

Installation: Plan to deliver and install your work in coordination with the Library staff, using only approved spaces and materials.

Removal: Plan to remove your work from the Library at the agreed time—not before that time, but not left after the term or school year either.

Please note that artworks or exhibits that do not meet these requirements will be removed or discarded at the owner’s risk.

Questions? Proposals? You can contact Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Curator of Library Art and Exhibitions, via e-mail (mpezalla@carleton.edu) or phone (7182). 

Examples of past student exhibitions can be found here.