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Rev. Waldschmidt unveiling the National Historic Building plaque on West Hall, 1977Celebrating Waldschmidt Hall

Clark Library Covert Gallery Exhibit, August - October 2022

Check out the Covert Gallery on the main level for an exhibit about the history of Waldschmidt Hall. Built in 1891, this stalwart building started life on The Bluff as West Hall. After an extensive remodel in 1992, it was renamed Waldschmidt Hall in honor of the University’s 15th president, Bishop Paul Waldschmidt, C.S.C. 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. Happy 30th birthday, Waldschmidt Hall!

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view of downtown Portland from Pittock Mansion

Student Perspectives on Sustainability

Clark Library Covert Gallery Exhibit, April - August 2022

UP students aim to generate conversation on the intersecting themes of economic, social, and environmental justice through photography. Their photos and accompanying reflections serve as prompts for further dialogue as we work together to build a sustainable future. Featuring work by Camille Alik, Kate Andersen, Ellee Becker, Beth Chvilicek, Tatum Hafford, Vy-An Nguyen, and Lexi Turner, and facilitated by Lizz Schallert, UP Social Work, as part of the “Organizing for Environmental Justice” class, Spring 2022.

Can't make it to the library? Check out the digital exhibit


Marc Covert with his son, Ollie, wearing UP white and purpleRemembering Marc Covert 

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. Join us on Thursday, March 31 at 4pm for a reception in the Covert Gallery on the main floor of the Clark Library. The exhibit will be on display through mid-April.


Enduring Norepinephrine kinetic sculpture by Mark Pitzer

Running with Scissors... while laughing all the way to the Banksy  

Running with scissors… while laughing all the way to the Bansky is a series of kinetic sculptures created by Mark Pitzer, psychological sciences. He was 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. Missed it? You can experience the exhibit digitally on Pilot Scholars.


Beacon 1940UP Student Newspapers

The Covert Gallery, on the main floor of the Clark Library, has an exhibit featuring highlights from the UP Student Newspapers collection. Peruse a selection of newspaper stories through the years, including pages from special issues of The Bacon (April Fool’s Day) and The Boocon (Halloween). Stories include the aftermath of the Columbus Day Storm, the admission of women to all UP programs, the football team (before soccer!), and more.

Painting titled "The Great I Am" by artist Gerald Roulette

A Conversation with Artist Gerald Roulette  

Classically trained artist Gerald Roulette gave a talk on Oct. 6 about his artistic process and his painting, “The Great I Am,” now installed in the University of Portland’s Clark Library. Through his creative process, Roulette wanted to express Christ’s love and sacrifice for all humanity. The Great I Am, a work of abstract realism, depicts Christ as a person of color, speaking to the need for all of us to see representations of ourselves in the deity of Christ.

The talk was recorded (see video).

The event was sponsored by the Clark Library, Office of the Provost, Garaventa Center, and Performing & Fine Arts.


El Otro LadoEl Otro Lado - The Other Side  

The Covert Gallery, on the main floor of the Clark Library, has a new exhibit up through October. El  Otro  Lado – The Other Side features photographs of the U.S.-Mexico border wall taken by Dr. Blair Woodard (UP History Dept). These striking photographs document the murals painted on the Mexican side of the wall at Playas de Tijuana.

From the Exhibit Card:

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.