Show Up, Stand Out, Empower!

A juried exhibition of student art showcasing creative expressions of the culture we aspire to have

Art can be a powerful force for empowerment and change. Sponsored by UO Libraries and the Division of Equity and Inclusion, this exhibition showcases original artwork created by UO students to express an inclusive and respectful culture.

The show includes works by Deanna Chappell Belcher, Elexus Greene, Geordi Helmick, Rebecca P. Mattingly, and Benj Zeller.

A "People's Choice" Award will be given to the artist who created the work that receives the most votes via an online survey.

Read more about the winner's of the exhibition here.

Why this exhibit? Why now? In 1937, the building now known as Knight Library opened. The historic library has been recognized as a distinctive example of the creative efforts of artists and artisans employed by Depression Era public works programs. Times have changed since the building and its artifacts were created. In important ways, progress has been made in enabling equality and justice for all. But the legacy of another era remains: many have noted that the murals in the historic library’s stairwells reflect the racism and misogyny commonplace at the time the art was created. This exhibit is part of the continuing dialogue of how we can strive for an inclusive environment while preserving evidence of a past which speaks to the contrary.


Opening Reception:

Thursday, October 25, 3:30-5:00 p.m., 2018

Knight Library Browsing Room

  • Opening remarks by Adriene Lim, Dean of Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair
  • Recognition of the artists
  • Announcement of juried awards
  • Jennifer O'Neal (University Historian and Archivist) and Kevin Hatfield (Director of Academic Residential and Research Initiatives) will disuss "Untold Stories: The Hidden History of the University of Oregon," a new digital scholarship project
  • Refreshments will be served

This event is free and open to the public. Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided if requested in advance by calling 541-346-3056, or email