Diversity Exhibits

Current Exhibit

New Acquisitions

New Acquisitions

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library (July-October, 2019)

Highlighting recent acquisitions as part of our exhibit program gives us the opportunity to share such newly acquired materials with the public. 


Past Exhibits

Precocious Child to Acclaimed Composer

Precocious Child to Acclaimed Composer

Walton Reading Room Display Case, Mullins Library | February-March, 2018

In 1933 a remarkable event occurred. The Chicago Symphony(all white and all male, like most professional orchestras of the time)premiered the Symphony in E minor by the African American woman Florence B.Price. It was the first time a black woman’s work was performed by such anorchestra. At the age of 46, she heard her music performed, to great acclaim,before an international audience at the 1933 Chicago World Fair. She hadalready composed a significant body of work that was heard in Chicago circles.


Native American Heritage 2016

Native American Heritage 2016

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | November, 2016 to January, 2017

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with an exhibit featuring works by Johnnie Lee Diacon (Creek), Bj Stepp (Cheyenne/Cherokee), J. NiCole Nahmi-A-Piah Hatfield (Comanche-Kiowa), and Kai Humeyestewa (Hopi).


Native Arkansan Brings Mixed Media Works to Mullins Library

Native Arkansan Brings Mixed Media Works to Mullins Library

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | January-March, 2016

Dorsey's exhibit is part of the University Libraries' Black History Month programming. The colorful and engaging show highlights scenes of African American life in the south.


Dynamic Artist Brings Colorful, Mixed Media Exhibit to Mullins Library

Dynamic Artist Brings Colorful, Mixed Media Exhibit to Mullins Library

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | May-August, 2015

The University Libraries is pleased to host Angela Davis Johnson's latest exhibit “black lace. arrangements,” on view through August 20, 2015 in Mullins Library. Seen up close, the energetic collection of mixed media pieces reveals to the viewer layers and textures of collaged acrylic, oil, found paper, and fabric.


Al Norte al Sur: Latino Life in the South by José Galvez

Al Norte al Sur: Latino Life in the South by José Galvez

South-West Corridor, Lobby Level, Mullins Library | August-September, 2014

José Galvez, a Pulitzer Prize winning artist and documentarian, uses black and white photography to document Latino life in the United States. A selection of his photographs is currently on display in the West Hall of Mullins Library through September 16, 2014.


Images of Japanese-American Internment in Arkansas

Images of Japanese-American Internment in Arkansas

Special Collections Hallway Gallery | May, 2014 to May, 2016

During World War II, more than 20,000 Japanese Americans were involuntarily interned in camps in Arkansas under the War Relocation Authority. Images such as those included here, as well as government documents, camp newsletters, school yearbooks, and manuscript materials held by Special Collections help preserve the personal experiences and essential history of that difficult and complex period for the nation and the state.


Exhibit Commemorating LGBT Pride Month

Exhibit Commemorating LGBT Pride Month

Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library | May-September, 2013

In commemoration of LGBT Pride Month, Special Collections presents this exhibit of rare journals, pamphlets, posters, and other materials exploring the history homosexual, transsexual, and transgender Arkansas.


African American Roots Music

African American Roots Music

Reference Desk Glass Case, Mullins Library | January-May, 2013

This selection from the holdings of Special Collections and the Performing Arts and Media Library celebrates the importance of African American Arkansans in the creation of musical roots whose influence has spread throughout the United States and the world.


Edward S. Curtis

Edward S. Curtis

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | November, 2012 to April, 2013

Edward S. Curtis shaped the fields of photography and anthropology with The North American Indian, a 20-volume series, published in 1930 that represents his experiences documenting nearly 100 tribes in the United States and Alaska. The University of Arkansas Libraries is celebrating Curtis's ethnographic achievement with an exhibit of images reproduced from the Curtis portfolios, on display in the lobby area of Mullins Library through the end of December.


Daisy Bates Exhibit

Daisy Bates Exhibit

Walton Reading Room Display Case, Mullins Library | February-April, 2012

This exhibit showcases materials from the Daisy Bates Collection (MC 582) and associated collections housed in University Libraries Special Collections in order to celebrate the life and work of Arkansas Civil Rights leader, Daisy Bates.


Jerry Taliaferro

Jerry Taliaferro

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | January-April, 2012

Artist Jerry Taliaferro honors the physical and spiritual beauty of black women in "Women of a New Tribe," a national photography exhibit on display in the lobby area of Mullins Library honoring both Black History Month and Women's History Month.


Southeastern Indian Artists Association

Southeastern Indian Artists Association

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | November-December, 2011

In this exhibit of multimedia pieces by members of the Southeastern Indian Artists Association, seven award-winning artists use their work to explore the complex relationships that exist between language, identity, culture, and myth.


Tibetan Photographs

Tibetan Photographs

Walton Reading Room, Mullins Library | May, 2011

An exhibit of photographs, a collaborative effort of Sonam Zoksang and Stephen Ironside, shows Tibetans at home and abroad.


Beauty and Identity by LaToya Hobbs

Beauty and Identity by LaToya Hobbs

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | January-February, 2011

In honor of Black History Month, the University Libraries are displaying "Beauty and Identity," an exhibit of paintings and woodcut prints by Arkansas artist LaToya Hobbs.


Ashworth Collection

Ashworth Collection

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | November-December, 2010

The Ashworth Collection includes pieces on loan from Dr. Chris Ashworth of Fort Smith, Ark., a large animal veterinarian and owner of New Frontier Angus Ranches.


William Grant Still

William Grant Still

Entrance Display Case, Mullins Library | April-December, 2010

The William Grant Still and Verna Arvey collection (MC 1125) contains materials that span the 20th century, and it serves as a rare testament to a period of time in which little documentation exists for African-Americans in American history.


Delita Martin

Delita Martin

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | January-February, 2010

In honor of Black History Month in February, a new exhibit in Mullins Library by UALR professor Delita Martin celebrates the diversity among women of color.


Charles Criner

Charles Criner

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | January-February, 2009

An exhibit of original artworks and lithographic prints by Houston artist Charles Criner is currently on display in Mullins Library in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week and Black History Month.


The Subjective History of a Tiger: Tony Tiger

The Subjective History of a Tiger: Tony Tiger

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | November-December, 2008

The first thing a viewer might appreciate about Tony Tiger's exhibit, "The Subjective History of a Tiger," currently on display in Mullins Library, are the colors.


Edward Wade

Edward Wade

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | March-May, 2008

Ed Wade, Jr., began drawing when he was three years old, a love that carried him through career stints as a shoe salesman, a firefighter, a substitute teacher, a correctional officer, a police officer, and a pastor.


George Hunt

George Hunt

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | January-February, 2008

George Hunt is an artist with a gift for seeing things differently than most people.


Edward S. Curtis

Edward S. Curtis

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | November-December, 2007

Beginning in 1900 and continuing over the next thirty years, Edward Sheriff Curtis, or the "Shadow Catcher" as he was later called, took over 40,000 photographic images and recorded rare ethnographic information from over eighty American Indian tribal groups, ranging from the Eskimo or Inuit people of the far north to the Hopi people of the Southwest.


My America: Blues in Arkansas

My America: Blues in Arkansas

Walton Reading Room Display Case, Mullins Library | October-November, 2007

The focus of the My America Project for the 2007-2008 school year is Southern blues. This exhibit will coordinate with events scheduled at the Walton Arts Center and U of A Student Affairs.


Something for the Record

Something for the Record

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | January-February, 2007

Artistic talent takes many forms. Ralph W. Armstrong was a classically trained musician before he was a photographer.


Raising the Standard: Bacone College

Raising the Standard: Bacone College

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | October-November, 2006

The art department at Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla., was founded in 1935 during an era when Indian artists were transforming their art — from what had been a form of religious expression and a type of shorthand used mainly to record personal and tribal histories, into a modern graphic art style.


African-American Life in the Arkansas Delta

African-American Life in the Arkansas Delta

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | March-May, 2006

When one contemplates the American South in the era from 1952 to 1971, images of social unrest and strife usually spring to mind. Documentary photographer Rogerline Johnson gives us images from behind the scenes of strife during this era, as he records African-Americans of the Arkansas delta engaged in everyday social, religious, and educational events.


“High Water', by John L. Newman

“High Water', by John L. Newman

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | January-March, 2006

Like many of us, U of A associate professor of art John L. Newman watched the events unfolding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with shock and disbelief.


The Artistic Legacy of John Biggers

The Artistic Legacy of John Biggers

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | January-February, 2005

An art exhibit currently on display at Mullins Library celebrates the artistic legacy of a great educator.


Celebrating Native America

Celebrating Native America

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | December, 2004 to January, 2005

Charles Banks Wilson realized his life's obsession as an artist at an early age--to reflect his time and place.


Longley

Longley

Main Lobby Area, Mullins Library | December, 2002 to February, 2003

"My principal goal in all of my work" writes Frances Longley, "is to denote the spirituality of man and his quest for the heights of perfection and limitlessness of creativity."