Library Rotunda Exhibitions

Library Rotunda

Located on the first floor of the Library, this central display space is primarily used for display of short-term Special Collections exhibits or extensions of the larger shows in the Library Gallery. UMBC faculty and departments interested in using the space should review and submit the Library Rotunda Exhibition Guidelines and Proposal Form to Special Collections by email at

  • Spring 2020 - Words & Phrases: 40 years of Teaching English as a Second Language at UMBC, March 2020. Curated by Finny Rocca, Nichole Zang Do, and Lindsey Loeper.
  • Fall 2019 - Micromuseum, December 2019. Curated by Elijah Davis and Amelia Voos.
  • Fall 2019 - Native Perspectives in UMBC's Special Collections, November 2019. Curated by Susan Graham.
  • Fall 2019 - Celebrating Faculty Achievements, October 2019. Curated by Beth Saunders, Katy Sullivan, and Semhar Yohannes.
  • Summer 2019 - Cosmic Nancy Drew, May-July 2019. Curated by Leah Michaels.
  • Spring 2019 - Octavia E. Butler: Inspiration for the Ages, April 2019. Curated by Susan Graham and Rebecca Wireman.
  • Fall 2018 - Archives Month 2018: Slife of Life: the form and function of historical scrapbooks, October 1 - November 2, 2018
  • Fall 2016 - Archives Month 2016: Library Views: Looking back on the development of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, 1966-2016, September 9 - October 31, 2016
  • Summer 2016 -Selected Special Collections Acquisitions Supported by the Friends of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, June 8 - September 8, 2016
  • Spring 2016 - Presidents, Past & Present: A Biographical Portrait
  • Fall 2015 - Archives Month 2015: A Share Landscape: UMBC & the Baltimore Manual Labor School, October 1 - November 13, 2015
  • Fall 2014 - Archives Month 2014: Celebrating American Archives Month: Tradition, Folklife, & Scholarship, September 2 - October 31, 2014
  • Summer 2013 - Cavanaugh Cameras, May 21 - August 11, 2013. Cameras donated to Special Collections by William B. Cavanaugh (June 2, 1924-January 19, 2013).
  • Fall 2013 - Archives Month 2013: American Society for Microbiology, "Dr. Cornelis B. van Niel"
  • Fall 2012 - Archives Month 2012: Student Voices in Print: A Selection of Student Publications from the UMBC University Archives, October 1 - November 30, 2012
  • Fall 2011 - Archives Month 2011: In the Archives: UMBC at 45
  • Spring 2009 - Images from the Honors College 2008 Trip to France, April 6-May 12, 2009.
  • Spring 2009 - Bicentennial Celebration of Charles Darwin: Selections from the Special Collections, February 12 - April 1, 2009
  • Spring 2008 - Real City, Dream City, a show curated by Art On Purpose and presented by the Language, Literature, and Culture program
  • Fall 2007 - Vanishing Point, Photographs by David Plowden, on the occasion of the book signing by Plowden in the Library Gallery.
  • Spring 2007 - Selections from 'A Box of Photographs' by Diane Arbus, April 23 - May 13, 2007. An exhibition in conjunction with Silence, Cunning, Exile, a Theatre Department production directed by Xeres Mehta.
  • Spring 2007 - Illustrious Illustrations: Selected Rare Books from the Special Collections of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, June 15 - August 31, 2007.
  • Spring 2007 - The Glory of Ruins, curated by a group of eight students taking part in an Ancient Studies/Honors College internship. This exhibition displays nineteenth and twentieth century photographs depicting classical Athens and Attica, all from the Special Collections of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery.
  • Fall 2006 - The Evolution of a University, Selections from the University Archives on the Occasion of UMBC's 40th Anniversary, Special Collections, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery.
  • Spring 2006 - Speculations on Extraterrestrial Life in the Universe, Selections from the Azriel Rosenfeld Science Fiction Research Collection, Special Collections, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery.
  • Spring 2005 - Albert Einstein Photographed By Lotte Jacobi, May 5, 2005 - September 6, 2005. An exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of Einstein's death.
  • Spring 2004 - Baltimore Images from the Era of Brown v. Board of Education, Photographs by Jack Engeman,April 12 - May 10, 2004. The landmark Brown v. the Board of Education, Topeka decision by the United States Supreme Court on May 17, 1954 that declared unconstitutional racial segregation in public education propelled dramatic and historic changes in the Baltimore City schools. Jack Engeman, who had been photographing in the schools for years, was a witness to the changes, and his photographs reveal much about the decision's impact.
  • Spring 2004 - Alternative Archives, A History of Underground Comics, January 30-March 14, 2004. The exhibition explores the history and effect of underground comics on the mainstream comic world and displays many examples from UMBC's vast collection of comic books dating to the 1930s. The exhibition explores how comics changed after the Comics Code Authority Stamp was implemented in 1954 to censor comics for inappropriate content. Also explored is the way that underground comics, at each period of their history, have provided a rich arena for social and political discourse. Students at the Maryland Institute, College of Art collaborated with students in UMBC's Graphic Novel class to research the thousands of comics in UMBC's special collections and select works for this exhibition.
  • Fall 2003 - UMBC Campus Life: A Tale of Two Histories - 8,000 Years of Prehistory & 37 Years of Archaeology. Displayed are artifacts excavated from the Conservation and Environmental Research Areas of UMBC under the direction of former Assistant Professor of Ancient Studies Karen D. Vitelli in 1971 and 1972. Dr. Vitelli is currently Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Classical Archaeology at Indiana University. The exhibition was curated by Stephen S. Israel, member of the Archeological Society of Maryland, in cooperation with the Department of Ancient Studies and with advice and assistance from Tom Beck, Chief Curator at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery; Carolyn G. Koehler, Associate Professor of Ancient Studies; Marilyn Y. Goldberg, Associate Professor of Ancient Studies; and Esther Read, Director of the Baltimore Center for Urban Archaeology. The artifacts are on loan from the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.
  • Spring 2003 - Atomic Culture: Cold War Civil Defense, co-curated by Joe Tatarewicz and presented on the occasion of a talk by Jane Loader, April 4, 2003.
  • Fall 2002 - The Flag As Symbol - A Remembrance of 9/11, 9/11/02-11/11/02.
  • Fall 2001 - Ray Bradbury: Selected Literary Works from the Holdings of the Azriel Rosenfeld Science Fiction Research Collection, Special Collections, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery.
  • Spring 2000 - Julia Margaret Cameron, Photographer and Great Aunt to Virginia Woolf, June 8-11, 2000.

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