Current Exhibits

Tapestries of Hope: The Arpillera Movement in Chile.
Chilean arpilleras, small tapestries made from leftover cloth, tell the stories of human rights abuses at the hands of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile.  This art form emerged out of the widespread practice of “disappearing” human rights activists during the period of military rule, 1973 – 1990. Mothers and other loved ones of the missing created these small works, which expressed the pain of loss, as well as hope for a democratic and peaceful future. This exhibition emerges from the collection of Marjorie Agosin, a prominent Chilean poet and human rights activist. (September 21-December 10, 2016)

Liberty Denied: Immigration, Detention, Deportation. Recent art work explores the challenges experienced by immigrants, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. (September 21-December 10, 2016)

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Read curator Susan Noyes Platt's post on the exhibition


(Part of the CWU year long social justice dialogue on immigration and migration)

October 10-14. "Faces of Shady Acres," Photographs by Rob Fraser. SURC 137a/b

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Continuing through October 2016

Pluto and New Horizons.

Data from the New Horizons spacecraft has revolutionized our understanding of Pluto. Join the debate about what makes a planet a "planet" and how our knowledge about the Kuiper belt is changing. (Consultant: Dr. Bruce Palmquist)

Touring the Solar System.

A new campus wide model of the solar system. Our "sun" is the size of a baseball, hanging in the Museum's lobby. Pluto is located in the Art Department in Randall Hall! The planets and the asteroid belt are in between, in various campus buildings. (Co-curated by Museum Studies students Liz Seelye '16 and Drew Johnson '16, advised by Professors. Bruce Palmquist and Mark Auslander.)

The Wenas Creek Mammoth

Ongoing - Dean Hall Lobby
Thousands of years ago, a mProfessor Pat Lubinski Stands next to a life sized mammoth imageammoth was buried in the hillside near the Wenas Creek in Selah, WA. In 2005, its remains were discovered and a team from Central Washington University, headed by Pat Lubinski, began the careful process of removing the bones from the hillside. The Wenas Creek Mammoth exhibit in the MCE lobby and Window On Central display exhibit explores what the team found and what they have found out about the mammoth. The exhibit features real mammoth bones in the display case.