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Current Exhibits

The Things We Carry   (A community-curated exhibition)

Objects hold memories. Physical things carry traces of people we have loved, times of joy and terror, and places we may have heard of, but never visited. They connect us to distant homelands and important moments in personal and family memory. Through our objects, we carry with us complex emotions and histories. Sometimes, in contemplating these material things, we discover new insights about where we have come from and whom we might become.

All the items in this exhibit have been loaned by community members who are sharing their stories and memories with us. Some are fun and funny. Others are sad and poignant. All are united by common threads of remembrance, reflection, and resilience.

January-June 2017

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Welcome to Mars

Humanity may be able to establish a permanent, self-sustaining colony on Mars within the next 50 to 100 years. What would it take to create and maintain a long term habit for people on the red planet?

January 2017-December 2017

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)


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.





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