Past Exhibits

  • White t-shirt on green background with a green and yellow birthday cake on front, with text "Happy Birthday, William & Mary! below

    Reflecting on the university's 331 years

    February 5, 2024 to April 21, 2024

    This project re-considers a 1993 t-shirt, preserved in the University Archives, which celebrates the 300th anniversary of William & Mary’s royal charter by providing an illustrated timeline of the university’s history. We invited a broad, interdisciplinary community of William & Mary individuals, small groups, and organizations to create their own t-shirts which share their telling of institutional history.

  • Cabinet card portrait of Algernon Charles Swinburne standing in front of steps and ivy covered brickwork

    The Sheila and Terry Meyers Collection of Swinburneiana

    April 10, 2023 to January 22, 2024

    English poet Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909) is a figure of fascinating contrast. Diminutive in stature yet larger-than-life in personality, in uncertain health but also highly energetic, in the first half of his career he flouted Victorian social standards with the provocative subject matter of his poetry and his scandalous personal life. Yet in his later years he eschewed much of his former passionate excess and became socially respectable. 

  • Vector style drawing of apples with bright pink lines on a dark background

    Scholarship on Display

    May 11, 2023 to January 7, 2024

    Scholarship on Display: Physics highlights the dynamic and multi-faceted research and scholarship of the William & Mary Physics faculty.

  • Papercut feet of Santa sticking out of a fireplace with papercut cats and dogs looking on

    An Exhibition of Christmas Critters

    November 20, 2023 to January 5, 2024

    This year’s exhibit of the Nancy H. Marshall Collection celebrates of the 200th anniversary of the poem’s first publication in the Troy Sentinel on December 23, 1823. While the original text of the poem only mentions a mouse and a team of reindeer, the many artistic adaptations include an expanded representation of Santa’s animal friends, illuminating the wonderful creatures who make our houses feel like home.

  • Pastel condiment set by ceramics artist Hiroe Hanazono

    Class of 1939 Artist in Residence Exhibition

    November 30, 2023 to December 14, 2023

    An exhibit featuring the works of ceramics artist Hiroe Hanazono, who has been an artist-in-residence in the Art and & Art History department for Fall 2023.

  • Icon with yearbook portraits of the first thre Asian ancestry women at W&M

    The First Three Asian Ancestry Women at W&M

    January 25, 2023 to May 7, 2023

    Charting Diverse Pathways explores the lives of the first three Asian ancestry women to attend William & Mary: Hatsuye Yamasaki Kajiwara ‘37, Margaret Lee Masters ‘45, and Beatrice Fujiwara Sakai ‘53.

  • The Brafferton School story quilt created in 2022 by Nottoway artist Denise Walters
    February 10, 2023 to April 21, 2023

    Recent scholarship offers new insights and interpretations about the Brafferton Indian School’s history and legacy. Interrogating the extant documents from the era demonstrates the role of both the College and its Indian school in a wider narrative about the trans-Atlantic colonial encounter. Remembering includes responses from several Native artists from tribes that sent students to the Brafferton Indian School in the eighteenth century.

  • Graphic with a blue head with interconnected dots in the shape of a brain, with a speech bubble of text written in the International Phonetic Alphabet

    Scholarship on Display

    April 29, 2022 to January 22, 2023

    The William & Mary Linguistics program was founded in 1978 to provide students the opportunity to explore language as both a faculty of mind and a social institution. This exhibit highlights the dynamic and multi-faceted research and scholarship of the Linguistics program’s faculty, some co-authored with students.

  • Detailed photographic image of a winter's night with Santa's sleigh and reindeer in the sky

    featuring the Nancy H. Marshall "A Visit from St. Nicholas" Collection

    November 21, 2022 to January 5, 2023

  • icon image of a hand holding a quill

    Keeping track of the everyday in history

    September 19, 2019 to December 11, 2022

    Almanacs are annual guidebooks, used as a calendar and sometimes as a diary, for looking up astronomical data or astrological signs, and even as a weather forecast.