Photo: Patrick Montero
The Haverford Libraries exhibit program provides exciting opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to curate exhibits.
The program provides opportunities for curators to present and explore work in ways which they may not otherwise have the opportunity to do; to bring their viewpoints, curiosity, and interests to the Libraries; and to engage in dialogue with a public audience. Curation can be undertaken as either a curricular or co-curricular project by classes, student groups, faculty-student partnerships, or individual students, faculty, or staff.
There are many potential models for exhibits. We welcome nominations or self-nominations of student curators and around topics that would provide valuable opportunities for the exhibit curator(s). There is often funding available for a student interested in curating an exhibit. Exhibitions have also been developed by classes, with the selection of items and writing of exhibit text incorporated into class assignments. We welcome inquiries from faculty about incorporating exhibits into their classes. Exhibits can also be done as thesis projects with prior approval of the appropriate faculty member or department. Staff and faculty are also welcome to propose curatorial projects based on their interests.
Exhibitions can feature a wide variety of materials, including items from the library’s collections, such as rare books, manuscripts, and artwork; creative projects such as painting, photography, or poetry; and materials from personal collections or other institutions.
There are several exhibit spaces throughout Lutnick Library, each of which accommodates different amounts and types of materials and which require different time commitments. These include the White Gallery on Level 1, the Entrance Gallery on Level 2, cases in the Magill Wing on Level 2, and hanging walls throughout Level 2. You can find more information about each space via our proposal document; each exhibit space also has a timeline and curator responsibilities attached.
Those interested in curating an exhibit should contact Sarah Horowitz, Terry Snyder, or their subject librarian, all of whom will be delighted to discuss possibilities, or fill out the modest proposal form. The conceptualization of exhibitions is really fun, and we are happy to meet with you to discuss ideas and assist you with shaping your proposal.