Dr. James T. Covert Gallery | University of Portland

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).

2024 Exhibits

January - May: Liberated Archives: Memory Work Partnership with Don't Shoot PDX

About the exhibit: With a goal of sparking consideration of UP's role today when it comes to realizing racial and economic justice in North Portland, this collaborative exhibit features work by students and faculty in UP's Social Justice Capstone course, Public Research Fellows, and local community organization Don't Shoot Portland, with additional support from UP Ethnic Studies. It highlights themes of systemic oppression, displacement, and collective resistance in Portland, with an emphasis on the lived experiences of minoritized communities on UP's campus and North Portland. 

2023 Exhibits

October - December: The Double-Edged Sword of Transformation

Multimedia exhibit by Salvador Orara, UP Director of Innovation: Orara’s art combines creative technology, media design, and sound, using emerging technologies to transform subjects into abstraction and surrealism. His pieces are inspired by the mental health of industry professionals turned educators, and the imposter syndrome and self-doubt that he has experienced in this role.

July - October: Happy Birthday, Clark Library!

About the exhibit: Sixty-five years ago, the first University of Portland library building was dedicated, after years in Christie Hall’s leaky basement. From the days of card catalogs and smoking lounges, to today’s sleek study rooms and shelving that moves with the push of a button, the Clark Library is always evolving to support and inspire academic research and study on our campus.

March - July: Portraits of Everywoman (Soleia Yemaya Quinn)

January - March: School Spirit Through Songs and Music

2022 Exhibits

October - December: Experience of a Student: Artwork by Thayne Covert

August - October: Celebrating Waldschmidt Hall

About the exhibit: Built in 1891, this stalwart building started life on The Bluff as West Hall. As the University’s longest-serving building, Waldschmidt Hall has welcomed all University presidents from the first, Rev. E.P. Murphy who rang the opening bell on September 5, 1901, to the University’s 21st president, Dr. Robert Kelly. 

April - August: Student Perspectives on Sustainability 

March - April: Remembering Marc Covert

About the exhibit: The Clark Library celebrates Marc Covert, UP alumnus and beloved UP colleague for more than 25 years. Marc was a talented writer and cartoonist who dedicated his prodigious gifts to Portland magazine, telling stories and recounting campus history in ways that drew readers in and showed his love for the university. We lost Marc to cancer in 2021 but are proud to honor his memory with this exhibit in the gallery that bears his family’s name.

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

2021 Exhibits

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. Visit the Garaventa Center archives to watch a recording of Blair Woodard's talk about these photographs. 

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 (Brad Franco)
October - December: Down Around the Corner

2018 Exhibits

January - February: The Early Years of UP Nursing
March - April: From Page to Production (Larry Larsen)
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 (Mark Pitzer)