Pollak Library Exhibits Schedule

Current Exhibits and Displays 

The following exhibits and displays are currently showing in the Pollak Library.  

Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton's America

In partnership with the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Exhibitions Connect program supports a strategic goal to "reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement", this exhibit tells the story of how Philadelphia's residents responded to yellow fever using an uneasy blend of science and politics.

This exhibition was produced by the US National Library of Medicine.

Co-Curators: Trish Campbell and Robert Tomaszewski

Scheduled for March 2, 2020 - April 11, 2020
1st Floor North


Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust

In commemorating Women's History Month, this traveling exhibition focuses on women and their roles as mothers, caregivers, friends, artists and as members of the resistance during World War II in Nazi-occupied Europe. This exhibition is an adaptation of the “Spots of Light” exhibition, curated by Yehudit Inbar and originally exhibited at Yad Vashem.

Co-Curators: Trish Campbell and Rob Sage

Scheduled for March 2, 2020 - April 11, 2020
Second Floor North (near the elevators)


Coretta Scott King Book Award

This exhibit showcases books that have won the Coretta Scott King Book Award; an award given to authors and illustrators of children's books  who demonstrate an appreciation for African American culture and history.  The award was created in 1969 to honor the work of Coretta Scott King.

Student Curator: Andrea Jackson (Anthropology)

Scheduled for February 6, 2020 - March 30, 2020
Fourth Floor North 


The 19th Amendment: 100 Years of Suffrage

The nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the right to vote for women, and women's suffrage. This exhibit aligns with Women's History Month during the month of March and includes biographical sketches for early women suffragists across racial and ethnic lines.

Student Curator: Emma O'Halloran (Anthropology)

Scheduled for February 6, 2020 - March 30, 2020
First Floor North (near Academic Senate Office)


"A Race Becomes History": A Brief Historical Overview of the 1962 Intercollegiate Elephant Races

Using selections from the library's photograph archive, this exhibit highlights the activities of the former Elephant Racing Club, who developed intercollegiate elephant races in the early 1960s. As this became increasingly unpopular over the years with respects to captive elephants, a more creative and humane approach was adopted for CSUF's 50th Anniversary activities.

Student-Curator: Klamath Henry (Anthropology)

Scheduled for February 6, 2020 - March 30, 2020
First Floor North (near Academic Senate Office)


CSUF School of Music: A Retrospective, 1960-2020

This exhibit highlights the distinguised history of the CSUF School of Music over its entire 60-year history, emphasizing first and foremost CSUF's students, present and past, as well as the excellent faculty, staff, and facilities. The artful display of promotional and musical materials demonstrates the important role the CSUF School of Music has played in the development of the university and in the advancement of music education, performance, and music scholarship, on the local, regional, state, national, and international levels over these 60 years.

Curator: Dr. John Koegel

Scheduled for January 29, 2020 - March 24, 2020
Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery


Ports, Pirates, Panache

Through the use of CSUF's Archival Sailing Maps and seventeenth century French primary sources, this exhibit explores how French Buccaneers ensured the survival of the French identity.

Student Curator: Kelsey Pierce (History)
Scheduled for January  24, 2020 - March 24, 2020
West Terrace, 2nd Floor


Remote Cultures, Advaita and Ancient Wisdom

Photographer Sej Saraiya uses ten images to build awareness and understanding of world cultures with the hopes of facilitating social inclusiveness and international cooperation. According to Saraiya, the United Nations has labeled indigenous wisdom as that which will save our planet. The exhibit provides a glimpse of unique systems of knowledge and understanding of the world.

Curator: Sej Saraiya

Scheduled for October 8, 2019 - February 29, 2020
East Terrace, 2nd Floor


Faculty Author Awards

This book display celebrates faculty publications beginning 2007/8 who have received the Faculty Author Award sponsored by CSUF's Faculty Development Center (FDC).  The display is dedicated to the multiple disciplines across campus.

Curators: Dr. Emily Bonney, Library Dean and Kristin Stang, Interim Assistant Vice President, Faculty Support Services

Beginning July 25, 2018   (ongoing)
Promenade, 1st Floor South


 Upcoming Exhibits and Displays

 The following exhibits and displays are scheduled to show in Pollak Library.   

Spain Ablaze: Americans Fighting For Freedom in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39

Using the materials of the Cameron Stewart Collection at Pollak Library, HIST 435C Spring 2019 students have created 5 posters/panels about different features of the experience of Americans fighting during the Spanish Civil War.

Curator: Dr. Aitana Guia

Scheduled for April 16, 2020 - June 29, 2020
East and West Terraces, 2nd Floor


The Science of Internal Fertilization

This exhibit is an educational display of the internal fertilization of animals including: how animals reproduce, anatomy of reproductive systems, and how egg and sperm unite.

Curator: Dr. Kristy Forsgren

Scheduled for April 2020 - June 2020
Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery 


Art in the Holocaust

This traveling exhibition is a joint venture of the Art Department and the Traveling Exhibitions Department, Museums Division, Yad Vashem. The exhibition provides a glimpse into Holocaust art through a selection of art works from the Yad Vashem collection.

Co-Curators: Trish Campbell and Rob Sage

Scheduled for April 7, 2020 - May 31, 2020
Location TBD, First or Second Floor North


Jazz History Month

We honor and commemorate Jazz History Month during the month of April. Here in Pollak Library we will have displays on both the first and fourth floors, one in Young Adult and Juvenile literature and the other on the first floor.

Student Curator: TBD

Scheduled for April 2020
First and Fourth Floors North


Malta in Light and Shadow (working title)

This exhibition showcases images photographed by the curators as they conducted research in the small Mediterranean country of Malta.  These photos explore art and architecture as it is mirrored through the history and culture of the Maltese people. 

Co-Curators: Trish Campbell and Matthew Gush

Scheduled for July 2020 - September 2020
East and West Terraces, 2nd Floor South


Celebrating Ray Bradbury on the 100th Anniversary of his Birthday

This exhibit features a Special Collections display showcasing Ray Bradbury's manuscripts.

Curator: Patrisia Prestinary, Special Collections

Scheduled for July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Wall Case, 1st Floor North


Revisiting Time & Space/Retomando y Reclamando

Featuring new works from Teresita De La Torre and William Camargo, both CSUF alumni, this exhibit explores issues of time and space within two contexts: the Latinx history of Anaheim, CA and queer identity.

Curator: William Camargo

Scheduled for July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery 


Connecting Everyday

Through the use of visual narratives focusing on the experiences of transnational workers, this exhibit shows how human connections are always related to local and transnational communities.

Curator: Dr. Eric Reyes

Scheduled for October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Wall Case, 1st Floor North


Shouting from the Margins: Black America in Orange County, 1960-1972

This exhibit focuses on the lives of Harlen Lambert, the first African American police officer in Santa Ana, and Daniel Michael Lynem, the head of the Santa Ana chapter of the Black Panther Party, from 1960-1972.

Curator: Sharon Sekhon

Scheduled for October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Terrace, 2nd Floor South


Urban Body Armors

Showcasing jewelry and metal work from former CSUF students, this exhibit explores the meaning of body ornamentation.

Curator: Beatriz Mora-Hussar

Scheduled for October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Terrace, 2nd Floor South


Chance Aesthetics

This exhibition will feature artwork created by chance or through randomized techniques inspired by Marcel Duchamp's 3 Standard Stoppages.

Curator: Valentina Aproda

Scheduled for October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Terrace, 2nd Floor South


Wall of Heroes

In honor of Veteran's month (November 2020), this exhibit features pictures and military equipment from CSUF students, faculty, and staff.

Curator: Cameron Cook, Director of CSUF Veteran's Resource Center 

Scheduled for October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Second Floor North (near elevators)


Zines to the Future!

Featuring Special Collections and zines made collaboratively by CSUF students, this exhibit will showcase both the history of and contemporary zines.

Curator: Dr. David Sandner

Scheduled for October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery


The Art of Nursing

This exhibit presents work from students, faculty, alumni, and staff from CSUF's School of Nursing.  Each selection portrays an aesthetic representation of nursing theory, practice, and experiences.

Curator: Beverly Quaye

Scheduled for January 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021
Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery


Indigenous Motion

Showcasing original acrylic on canvas paintings, this exhibit features images of contemporary Native Americans in both traditional and contemporary attire, exploring Native Americans intimate connection to their history and traditions as well as their contributions to current American society.

Curator: Dr. Eric Tippeconnic

Scheduled for April 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021
Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery



Upcoming Exhibits and Displays

The following exhibits and displays are scheduled to show in Pollak Library.

Memories of Migration: Telling our Stories & Connecting our Journeys

Dates:  July 8 - August 31, 2017
Curators:  David Lopez, Barbara Miller, Irma Morales, Brenda Ramirez, and Saidy Valdez
Location: Second Floor East Terrace
Description:  The project chronicles the migration stories of migrants in the Orange County area. While primarily focusing on Latino history in and around Orange County, the project has collected hundreds of migration stories from individuals from all walks of life to demonstrate that migration is a universal part of the human condition. The exhibit is a collection of various media from artists throughout the country exploring the theme of migration through their own interpretation.


Imagining Our Stories, Narrating Our World

Dates:  September - December 2017
Curator:  Erin Hollis (English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics) and graduate student Frank Alanis
Location:  Second Floor Terrace
Description:  The goal for this exhibit is to highlight the power of stories and images in creating a world through the works or various graphic novelists, bridging the gap between visual and written language. In addition to using examples of written and illustrated stories, this exhibit functions as an interactive space where members of CSUF have the opportunity for creative expression.


Celebrating 60 Years of Community at CSUF (working title)

Dates:  January - March 2018
Curators:  Trish Campbell, Colleen Greene, Dr. Clem Guthro, Patricia Prestinary, and Adolfo Prieto 
Location:  Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery
Description:  Celebrating the 60th anniversary of California State University, Fullerton.


Advances in Human DNA (working title)

Dates:  April - June 2018
Curators:  Trish Campbell, Colleen Greene, and Robert Tomaszewski
Location:  Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery
Description:  Coming Soon