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Current Exhibits

Miracles of Mexican Folk Art: Retablos and Ex Votos

April 7-June 11, 2016

Miracles of Mexican Folk Art: Retablos and Ex-votos celebrates Mexico’s vibrant artistic and religious patrimony. This exhibition features 36 religious votive paintings, “retablos” and “ex votos” made during the late colonial and independence eras in Mexico, from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. Each painting depicts Christian personages venerated by Mexican communities for their aid in securing good health, hope, and eternal salvation. Votive paintings in these and related genres are found throughout the Americas. The exhibition also features “Milagros” (miracles), small objects believed to intensify the power of prayer. 

This important collection of Mexican religious folk art was assembled over a fifteen year period by the Americas Institute of Art, Culture and History, under the direction of anthropologist Dr. Antonio Sanchez, with curatorial assistance from Mariana Carolina Lucero and Dr. Isidro Gallegos.


Continuing: 2015-16

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.