Libraries on Display: Exploring Our Current Exhibits

With millions of items in our holdings, it’s fair to say we have a lot to work with when it comes to curating Libraries exhibits. This fall, there are more than a dozen exhibits on display across the Libraries system, from Moody and Jones to ABL, The Texas Collection and the Keston Center. This handy guide will put you in the know for what to check out on your next visit!


Central Libraries: Moody and Jones

The Art of the Saint John’s Bible (Jones Lobby)
Acquired by the Baylor Libraries in 2019, the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible features more than 160 fully illuminated pages and thousands of smaller images in the first hand-illuminated, calligraphed version of the Bible commissioned by a monastery since the invention of the printing press.

On the Subject of Transforming Space: Works by Winter Rusiloski (Jones Lobby)
Baylor Art Department faculty member Winter Rusiloski’s work showcases her grand vision of the spaces and people of the open spaces of West Texas.

Borrowed Light: Giclee Prints from Saint John’s Abbey (Moody-Jones Corridor, First Floor)
Take a closer look at six major illuminations from the Saint John’s Bible in this exhibit of giclee prints on loan from Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN.

Illuminating Psalms (Moody Third Floor)
A focused display featuring rare Bibles from the Central Libraries Special Collections.

Finding Harvey (Moody Third Floor)
A look at the life and influential career of eponymous mid-19th century artist HARVEY, a man behind the artwork featured on hundreds of black gospel albums of the 1960s-1970s.

Student Works, Crosshatch304 (Moody Third Floor)
Works on display this semester in Crosshatch304 (part of the Libraries’ collaboration with the Department of Art),

Art in the Carrels (Moody Second Floor)
Spend some time in one of our individual study carrels on the second floor of Moody and you’ll discover art from Baylor student artists, purchased by the Libraries in the early 2000s.

The Art of Harding Black (Prichard Info Commons, Moody Second Floor)
Harding Black, an influential ceramist and glaze-maker, left his collection of pottery and glaze formula notebooks to the Baylor Art Department, and excerpts from his storied career are on display in a series of vibrant, closeup canvases hanging in this 24-hour quiet study space.

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (Moody First Floor, Near Moody 104 Active Learning Lab)
An exhibit of photos of Waco’s African-American population drawn from the photographic archives of The Texas Collection.

The Bevels and the Details: A Closer Look at Architectural Details of Notable Baylor Landmarks (Moody Stairs to Garden Level)
Drawn from a collection of hundreds of blueprints from buildings on the Baylor campus, this exhibit takes small details from each sheet and enlarges them to full poster size, revealing a rarely seen view of just how much work goes into even the smallest detail of a building’s design.

Vintage Panoramic Photos of Baylor and Waco (Moody Garden Level)
We added several very large format prints of vintage panoramic scenes captured by early 20th century Waco photographers to the walls of the Moody Garden Level Study Commons.

Marketing Texas: Promotional Brochures 1917-1930 (Moody Garden Level)
In the early 20th century, railroads, land speculators, and city governments drove migrants West to the Lone Star State by creating pamphlets and brochures extolling the virtues of a new life in Texas. This exhibit reproduces a selection of those covers to poster size, displaying their design aesthetics on a scale their original creators never imagined.


Armstrong Browning Library

“Every common bush afire with God”: Recognition, Prayer and Gratitude in the ABL’s Archive
This exhibition explores the intersection of religious and ecological concerns in nineteenth-century literature and art, from William Wordsworth to Gerard Manley Hopkins. The exhibit was curated by Molly Lewis, a doctoral student of English at Baylor University during a ten-week summer internship through the Armstrong Browning Library.


Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society

Voice of the Voiceless
An exhibit celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Keston Institute, with an emphasis on the role Keston has played in providing a source of hope and information for those who suffered under oppressive, anti-religious regimes.


The Texas Collection

Order Up! Spotlight on Texas Restaurants
Satisfy your craving for all things menu-related with this exhibit of menus, postcards, and ephemera from restaurants across the Lone Star State.

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