Current Exhibits in Fondren Library

While visiting Fondren Library, be sure to check out our rotating exhibits.


Kelley Center, Fondren Library Basement

Exhibits featuring the constitutional voting rights in America. On display through October 17, 2019:

  • Who gets the right to vote and when?
  • What does the U.S. Constitution say about voting?
  • How does a bill become law in U.S.?

'[T]he vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.' -- President Lyndon B. Johnson, at the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Room 156

"Game Plan: Rice Football highlights over the years." Courtesy of Woodson Research Center. 

1st floor Hobby Information Concourse

 "Art of Emotions" Dr. Sandra Parsons' Psychology 353 class has explored various emotions through painting. On exhibit through June 30.

1st floor exhibit cases at front of Fondren Library

"Beer Bike" This exhibit is a history of major Beer Bike events with memorabilia from the collection. On exhibit through June 30.

Inside Woodson Research Center

"One Night in Houston: Selections from Ralph Fales photograph collection"  This exhibit highlights Black musicians documented by photographer Ralph Fales during the mid 1970s. Musicians include Bob Marley, B. B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lightnin' Hopkins, among others.
Flat cases outside WRC

“Fondren’s Green Team wins American Library Association grant, Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change” An exhibit by Julia Kress, which highlights Fondren Library's designation as a Climate Resilience Hub. The exhibit includes brochures about preparing for extreme weather; for more information (including digital copies of the brochures and event recordings), go to: and

Virtually Unwrapping 2,000 Year Old Scrolls” An exhibit by Julia Kress,  features details about three ancient Roman scrolls that were carbonized and buried by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD at the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum. For more information, go to:

3rd floor Lovett Lounge

"Contemporary Arts Museum Houston records" The archives of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston were donated to Rice University in 2017. These institutional records document the history of the museum from its founding in 1948 to present day. This exhibition spotlights the evolution of the museum’s physical space featuring examples of archival materials from the collection.

6th floor exhibit cases

"Vera Prasilova Scott Portraiture" A sampling of Prasilova's moody work in the 1930's photographing the Rice community, local families, and visiting luminaries from the Vera Prasilova Scott portraiture collection . An artist, photographer, and sculptor, Prasilova created photographic prints developed using the bromoil and silver gelatin processes.

Rice Memorial Center trophy case and just outside Woodson Research Center

“Campanile: Documenting Student Memories Since 1916” takes a look back at interesting moments captured during the Campanile’s 100+ years.
Single case by 6th floor elevator  "Honoring the Sugar Land 95" An exhibit of the ongoing research into the history of the site in Sugar Land, TX where the bodies of 95 Black prisoners of the Texas convict leasing program were buried, along with publications by Fort Bend ISD about the site.