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Events and Exhibits

Events and exhibits are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated.


Piecing It All Together:  Quilts of the Eastern Shore quilt-3.jpg

August 28 – December 22

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Thompson Gallery

Mon. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Featuring quilts from the Nabb Research Center collection, the exhibit highlight technical information about the quilts, including pattern names, the number of stitches per inch, and types of fabric, as well as the history behind the quilt.  These quilts come to life when we know who made them, where they lived, and what they may have been doing when they made these quilts.  The quilts come from several families on the Eastern Shore, including the Lankford, Hargis, White, and Adkins families.   See related lecture on November 4.


Our Transdisciplinary World:  Technology, Science, & the Humanities

August 28 – December 22

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 1st Floor Lobby

Building’s operating hours

CamdenSome of the ways technology is being developed and utilized on the Salisbury University campus are featured, including the 3D printer MakerLab, a software program that analyzes the emotional content of Shakespearean plays and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Interactive digital displays and information about how to get hands-on experience with these technological developments are also included.  This SU Libraries exhibit is co-curated by Randy Cone, Angeline Prichard, Michael Scott and Chris Woodall.


Delmarva:  People, Place and Time

July 25 - December 22

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Niemann Gallery Delmarva exhibit

Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This self-guided exhibit highlights various aspects of Delmarva history, including Native Americans and early settlers, agriculture and water, family influences, and an early 19th century home. Also features documents and artifacts from the University Archives.


The Way We Worked

September 15 – November 3

SU Art Galleries Downtown, Gallery Building, Salisbury Plaza

Tues. - Fri. 12 p.m. - 7 p.m, Sat. 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Busy Telephone ExchangeSU Art Galleries Exhibit:  Visit the new gallery space and explore how work has become a central element in American culture with a traveling Smithsonian exhibition developed by the National Archives. Part of Museum on Main Street – a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities – this exhibition traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years, including the growth of manufacturing and increasing use of technology.  The exhibition draws from the National Archives’ and the Nabb Center’s rich collections.  Supported in part by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and in collaboration with the City of Salisbury, the Nabb Center, Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum, the Julia A. Purnell Museum and other community partners.

RECEPTION: The Way We Worked

3rd Friday, Sept. 15, 5 – 7 p.m.

SU Art Galleries Downtown


Maryland Quilts in the MESDA Collection MESDA quilt

Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Academic Commons, Assembly Hall

Jenny Garwood from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, discusses the Maryland quilts in the MESDA collection.  A quilt turning featuring quilts from Nabb’s collection and a second presentation “Maryland Samplers in the Chesapeake Tradition” are also included.  See related exhibit.


Chesapeake Oysters:  The Bay’s Foundation and Future Chesapeake Oysters book

Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m.

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall

Kate Livie, associate curator at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, discusses the history and future of oysters in the Chesapeake.  Based on her book Chesapeake Oysters:  The Bay’s Foundation and Future, winner of the Maryland Historical Society’s 2016 Brewington Book Prize. Co-sponsored with the Environmental Studies Department and Fulton School.

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