Exhibiting at the Library

2017 Call for Exhibition Proposals

The call for 2018 -2019 Exhibition Proposals is now closed.

Library Exhibit Venues

The primary exhibit venue in the Library is the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery located in Pollak Library North, Room 101.

There are additional spaces that can be made available to display smaller exhibits.

Building Renovation Impacts

Current and upcoming building renovations could impact some venues within the library, and we may have to reschedule awarded exhibits at the curator's convenience. At this point, we do not anticipate any immediate impacts to display areas; however, we wanted everyone to be aware of the possibility.

Applying for Gallery Use

Interested parties may contact the Exhibit Program Coordinator for further information at (657) 278-8254 or libexhibits@fullerton.edu. See the current call for proposals and guidelines below.

Call for Library Exhibit Proposals

The annual call for exhibit proposals is an open submission process for artists and curators to present and produce curated exhibitions in collaboration with Pollak Library. Two proposals will be selected for summer/fall and two proposals for winter/spring in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery on the first floor. Additional proposals will be selected for exhibition in other venues throughout the library, and considered for summer/fall and winter/spring. Participation is open to campus and community artists, curators, faculty, staff, and students. A link to the current application and guidelines can be found below.

Submitted proposals are reviewed by the Pollak Library Exhibit Program Committee, composed of faculty and staff from Cal State Fullerton. Proposals are evaluated on feasibility, relevance, educational component, and merit. The program prioritizes collaborative proposals (for example, with students, the library and its collections, other CSUF departments/colleges/units/divisions, community members/groups). Completed proposals should be sent to: libexhibits@fullerton.edu.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for Submission: November 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Selected Curator/Artist Notified: December 15, 2017

Curator Documents

Successful exhibit proposals will include the following:

  • ApplicationPDF File (Adobe Fillable PDF)
  • Attachment A - List of Contacts (included in application)
  • Attachment B - Proposed Exhibition Budget (provided by applicant)
  • Attachment C - Exhibit layout/floorplan (see below for gallery layout)

The following are provided to each applicant for additional guidance:


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


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