Dr. James T. Covert Gallery


James Covert

Thanks to a generous donation from the Covert family, the Clark Library has dedicated a gallery space in honor of Dr. James T. Covert. Dr. Covert had a long and influential career on the Bluff starting as an undergraduate from 1955 to 1959, then a history professor from 1961 to 1997, and as the founder and first director of the University Museum. Documenting and preserving the University's history was one of Dr. Covert's passions. He authored A Point of Pride: The University of Portland Story and was further inspired to collect and preserve University-related artifacts including mascot heads, student nurse uniforms, and letterman sweaters.


Exhibits showcase the history of the University and the scholarship and creativity of University of Portland students, faculty, and staff. There are four to five exhibits per year and proposals are welcome (see Exhibits Information and Criteria).

2022 Exhibits

January - March: Running with scissors...while laughing all the way to the Banksy (Kinetic sculptures by Mark Pitzer)

Running with Scissors…while laughing all the way to the Banksy is a series of kinetic sculptures inspired by the questions and ideas that trickle down from life with kids, death of parents, struggles with work, preposterous news, and adapting to life with COVID-19.

2021 Exhibits

January - June: Digital Museum

The University of Portland Museum collects, curates, and makes available historical artifacts that tell the story of our campus, and the people and activities that have made this a special place. This exhibit presents photographs of Museum items that represent academics, student life, and Catholic history on The Bluff. 

August - October: El Otro Lado - The Other Side (Photographs by Blair Woodard)

About the Exhibit: The terminus of the U.S. border wall extends over three hundred meters into the Pacific Ocean in Tijuana. Although the presence of the wall is oppressive, the Playas of Tijuana has become a place of resistance, celebration, and fortitude. The citizens of Tijuana have turned the wall and the boardwalk into a living art exhibit. Murals painted on the Mexican side of the barrier express joy and hope as well as pain and sorrow. The beach itself is alive with families, quinceañeras, music, and laughter. No wall can dampen this spirit or keep butterflies from flying home. 

October - December: UP Student Newspapers

2020 Exhibits

January - March: Running Through Time: Track and Field at the University of Portland
March - December: Gallery exhibits on hiatus

2019 Exhibits

January - March: UP Women’s Basketball: A Look Back
March - August: Clark Library Juried Photo Contest
August - October: Through Kaleidoscope Eyes
October - December: Down Around the Corner

2018 Exhibits

January - February: The Early Years of UP Nursing
March - April: From Page to Production
May - August: Perspectives
September - October: Celebrating the Clark Library
October - December: Dr. James T. Covert 

2017 Exhibits

August - September: Remembering Howard Hall
October - December: Searching for Homunculus