Major Exhibits in the Gallery at the Commons


Opening reception for Atelier Morgan: The Personal Archives of Architect Julia Morgan.

The Kennedy Library produces a major exhibit in the spring, in the Gallery at the Commons on the second floor in the Learning Commons. The Gallery at the Commons area is an open gallery space of 880 square feet, partially illuminated by natural light, where student study spaces are adjacent to and sometimes integrated within exhibits. This space also hosts traveling exhibits that support the campus curriculum.

These major exhibits provide opportunities for student curators and designers to assist with installation and graphic design of complex and exciting exhibits. Past exhibits have featured work by students and faculty from architecture to fine arts and biology to planetary science. Event openings and related events have featured demonstrations, guest talks, and hands-on workshops.



Exhibit Spotlight

The Living Library
April 12, 2016 – June 3, 2016
“The Living Library” exhibit showcases Cal Poly’s united efforts towards sustainability and resilience, through practices ranging from art, architecture, and agriculture, to engineering, public policy, and community service.

Opening reception: April 12 in Kennedy Library 4 pm-5:30 pm.
» Learn more about The Living Library

Past Exhibits

# I Am Cal Poly: Campus Stories About Identity
April 17, 2014 – Sept. 4, 2015
# I Am Cal Poly is a Cal Poly MultiCultural Center campaign and Kennedy Library exhibit in partnership with Dr. Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, which engages the campus in conversations about the meaning of unique and intersecting identities through a collection of photos and personal narratives. Opening reception: May 8 in Kennedy Library 3PM-5:30PM.
» Learn more about # I Am Cal Poly

Objects of AffectionObjects of Affection
May 12, 2013 – June 15th, 2014
The “Objects of Affection” exhibit draws upon the personal papers of families featured in the Re/Collecting Project, an online archive and ethnic studies memory project of California’s Central Coast directed by Grace Yeh, associate professor of ethnic studies. Opening reception: May 23 in Kennedy Library 3PM-5PM.
» Learn more about Objects of Affection

April 29th, 2013 – June 7th, 2013
Through oral histories and an array of historic records and photographs, this exhibit brought to life the culture of ranching and farming in San Luis Obispo County and features the modern day impact of our local farmers’ markets.
» Learn more about Links to the Land

November 9, 2012 – January 11, 2013
This exhibit draws on Julia Morgan’s architectural plans, sketchbooks, photographs, correspondence, and other personal papers in the Kennedy Library’s Special Collections.
» Learn more about Atelier Morgan

April 5 June – 8, 2012
This exhibit showcases fine press books, keepsakes, and ephemera published by the Book Club of California, and includes selections from Kennedy Library’s Special Collections Fine Print and Graphic Arts Collection.
» Learn more about Pressing Forward

November 7 – January 6, 2012
Assembly Required highlights the craftsmanship and innovation of Cal Poly student furniture artists. The winners from the 2011 Vellum/College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) Furniture Competition and Exhibition are a central feature of the exhibit.
» Learn more about Assembly Required

April 14 June – 3, 2011

A photography exhibit using student-engineered images, sounds and textual documents which draw from University Archives materials.
» Learn more about Look the Other Way