The Artwork of Rohrbach Library

by Sarah Berry

Throughout the year the Rohrbach Library hosts numerous art exhibits. Curated by Rhonda York, the displays often contain work by KU students, faculty, and staff.


A map of the nine exhibits in Rohrbach Library

Main Floor Exhibits

  • “A Beautiful World by Robert Radin”

  • Location: Main Floor behind the Information Desk.
  • “A Beautiful World by Robert Radin” features 89 portraits by photographer Robert Radin. Displayed for a year, the photos document Radin’s journey across the world.
  • Book and Brew Gallery

Book and Brew Gallery

  • Location: Main Floor across from Book and Brew
  • The Book and Brew Gallery is currently displaying Shannon McCarthy’s graphic novel adaptation of “Draußen Vor Der Tür” or “The Man Outside.” The German play focuses on the return of a Russian soldier post-World War II.
  • “Hawk Mountain Sanctuary”


  • Location: Main Floor by the front doors.
  • Provided by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, this exhibit provides information on the non-profit organization’s work in raptor conservation.
  • “Illustration Showcase”


  • Location: Main Floor by the Rohrbach Library’s SeaCow
  • The “Illustration Showcase” displays the work of Communication Design students. Illustrations include depictions of Walter White from “Breaking Bad” and Dana Sculley from “The X-Files.”
  • “Traveling the Camino del Norte”


  • Location: Main Floor by Book and Brew
  • This exhibit highlights the 500-mile journey taken by KU librarian Dan Stafford in 2016.
  • “Zine Library”


  • Location: Main Floor across from Book and Brew
  • The “Zine Display” contains zines from the KU student business Brain Bug Magazine and from KU faculty, like Dr. Kevin McCloskey. As well, the display showcases zines from across the country.

Second Floor Exhibits

  • “KU Presents!”


  • Location: Second Floor on the left-side of the building
  • The “KU Presents!” provides information for upcoming performances at Schaeffer Auditorium.
  • “SteamWorks”


  • Location: Second Floor on the left-side of the building
  • “SteamWorks” demonstrates the various products that can be made through SteamWorks (located on the lower floor of Rohrbach Library) and the different workshops available to students.
  • “The Works of Gladys Lutz”


  • Location: Second Floor across from stairwell
  • Provided by the PA German Cultural Heritage Center, “The Works of Gladys Lutz”features needlework from Gladys Lutz.

For more information about our exhibits, contact Rhonda York at

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