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The Course Exhibit Initiative (CEI) is part of an effort to take class projects beyond the classroom and engage the community in shared learning experiences.

Exhibits can:

  • Showcase projects created in your course
  • Share your pedagogical method
  • Create a starting point for a publication, presentation, or grant
  • Get people interested in your course
  • Provide exposure for you and your students

Talk to Scott Fralin to learn more and start planning your exhibit or submit a proposal!

Featured Course Exhibit

Redlining Virginia: The Home Owners' Loan Corporation and Racial Segregation

Dates: December 7, 2016 - March 3, 2017

Congress created the Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC) in 1933 to rescue the real estate industry and restructure the home mortgage market. The HOLC promoted racial covenants in deeds to prevent mixed-race neighborhoods and created color-coded maps of American cities that made race a key factor in assessing financial risk. This exhibit explores the actions of HOLC in Virginia and its impact on Virginia cities.

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Upcoming Exhibits

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Previous Course Exhibits

Painting for Non-Majors

Dates: November 28, 2016 - March 3, 2017

Painting for non-majors is an introductory course in painting available to all students at the university. Emphasis is placed on creative process, problem solving, and an introduction to relationships between content and form.

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Postwar: Global Shadows of the Second World War

Dates: December 6, 2016 - February 10, 2017

WW2 cut short the lives of tens of millions of civilians and soldiers. A great many of the fathers, siblings, children, and mothers left to pick up the shards of these shattered lives had been themselves displaced by the conflict. This exhibit highlights a few of the myriad challenges of restoration and rehabilitation in the immediate aftermath of a war that continues to underwrite our global order, some seven decades later.

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VT Camino Study Abroad

Dates: October 10 - November 18, 2016

Description: Walking to school takes on a whole new meaning for students in the VT Camino study abroad program. Participating students lace up their boots and follow a 300km path that medieval pilgrims took more than a thousand years ago as part of a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. Explore this interactive exhibit to begin your pilgrimage.

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Native Voices

Dates: September 15 - October 26, 2016

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Exploring Local History: The Christiansburg Institute and the CI-Spy Application

Local History: Christiansburg Institute Exhibit Dates: August 22 - September 30, 2016

Founded in 1866 with 200 students, the Christiansburg Institute (CI) was a school that educated newly emancipated African Americans. As schools desegregated, fewer students attended the CI, and in the spring of 1966, its final senior class of 22 students graduated.

This exhibit offers an opportunity to explore and celebrate the often-overlooked history of the Christiansburg Institute and our rich, local African American heritage. The exhibit features work from Virginia Tech’s public history program and an app developed around the history of the CI called CI-Spy

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We Thought the Future Would be Cooler

Future Would be Cooler Exhibit Dates: April 26 - June 6 2016

In this installation, students from a transdisciplinary collaboration commandeer the challenge of Virginia Tech’s university-wide Beyond Boundaries initiative. We explore Virginia Tech’s possible futures, but we also question who has a say in imagining them, and to what ends. The project results from STS 6614: Origins of Innovation, a seminar that challenges our beliefs about, and our participation in, innovation.

Matthew Wisnioski

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Innovation In & Out of the Classroom

Innovation in and out of the Classroom Exhibit Dates: March 25 - April 18 2016

An interactive exhibit showcasing exercises used in Virginia Tech courses that explore innovation: Innovation in Context, CREATE!, and Startup: Managing Technology Commercialization.

Liesl Baum-Walker
Lisa McNair
Marc Junkunc

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Survey of the History of Art: Exhibition

Dates: December 3 2015 - February 26 2016

ART 2385, Survey of the History of Art I (Paleolithic to Medieval), encourages students to connect art, architecture, and material culture from early cultures and civilizations as well as with the modern world. Working in groups, students created virtual thematic art exhibits to be featured in this exhibition. Students identified and researched a theme and then discovered and chose diverse historical works of art and architecture related to that theme. These curated digital exhibitions showcase the varied and unexpected ways that cultures — through their visual culture — can connect across time and space.

Ann-Marie Knoblauch

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ART 1004: Painting for Non-Majors

Art 1004 Exhibit Dates: December 8 2015 - March 25 2016

ART 1004, Painting for Non-Majors, is an introductory course that allows students to gain familiarity with a range of formal and conceptual facets of painting. Emphasis is placed on creative process, problem solving, and an introduction to the relationship between content and form. The pieces in this exhibit showcase the two focuses of the class as a general education course: critique and practice in design and the arts, and intercultural and global awareness.

Amelia Salisbury

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New Town: Across the Color Line

New Town: Across the Color Line Dates: October 5 - November 20, 2015

Virginia Tech’s Public History program strives to uncover and highlight the history of lost, forgotten, or marginalized groups or events.New Town, a predominantly African American community, grew along with Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) through the better part of a century. The community eventually dissolved as Virginia Tech grew into the large university it is today. Virginia Tech led redevelopment of the area in the early 2000s,but most traces of New Town are lost.

The New Town community is central to the history of Montgomery County, Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech. This exhibit will emphasize the geography and spatial dynamics of New Town, providing an engaging and experiential exhibit.

LaDale Winling

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Computational Thinking / Digital Sound Manipulation

Computational Thinking / Digital Sound Manipulation Exhibit Dates: August 19 - September 25, 2015

Designed to introduce any student to computational thinking and fulfill the Area 5 requirement of the Curriculum for Liberal Education, this course presents the ideas and methodology central to computing. The course is open to all students and provides basic skills in programming through active group learning and individual big data projects. Explore demonstrations of computational thinking in this exhibit as well as projects based on students’ personal interests.

Dennis Kafura

In Digital Sound Manipulation students learn a variety of techniques for synthesizing, performing, and transforming sounds on their own computer using freely available sound software. The course is designed to unleash your creative potential for working with sound on a computer, whether your focus is on artistic creation or innovative sound processing. Experience creative projects guided by students’ personal interest in this exhibit.

Eric Lyon

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Lincoln in Our Time

Lincoln in our time: Exhibition From letters and diaries, to relics such as fabric from Lincoln’s coffin, to videos produced by students in HIST 2984, “Abraham Lincoln: The Man, the Myth, the Legend,” this exhibit focuses on the reaction to Lincoln’s assassination as well as Lincoln’s enduring legacies in American life.

Lincoln in Our Time

We Are Going places: Travel Poster Exhibition

We are going places: Travel poster exhibition This exhibition showcases students’ work from ART 2575, Introduction to Graphic Design II. The class focused on a refinement of the students’ design skills and a mastery of design technology in creating stylized computer graphics and illustrations for specific visual communication needs. Throughout the semester, students in the class learned advanced techniques and skills with Adobe Creative Cloud’s core programs and used them in combination with their design skills and knowledge in a variety of illustrative designs.

We Are Going Places: Travel Poster Exhibition

Thinking Environmentally

Thinking Environmentally For their final project, students from Matt Eick's course, ENSC 1015: Foundations of Environmental Science, created video public service announcements (PSAs) which will be displayed in Newman Library as part of the the Course Exhibition Initiative.

Thinking Environmentally

Photography in Focus

Photography in focus These photographs are a collection of students' coursework in the online course, ART 1004, Digital Photography (Studio Art for Non-Majors). In the course, students learned how to use and manipulate the basic tools in photography: cameras, editing software, and printing/web-publishing technology. Through exploring these tools, students developed unique approaches to photography and discovered different styles using post-processing and editing techniques.

Photography in Focus

Arts & Crafts: Creative Non-Fiction

Arts & Crafts: Creative nonfiction poster 02 This interactive exhibit explored the work of a graduate creative nonfiction course from the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program. For the final project, students were asked to design and construct physical, interactive exhibits that deployed narratives about the subjects they were investigating. So they brainstormed. They drew up blueprints. They revised. They built things. They tracked down artifacts. They incorporated various physical and digital media into a representational experiment to create—through text and object—exhibits that would, when a visitor interacted with them, come alive with story.

Arts & Crafts: Creative Non-Fiction

Soviet History for the Networked Age

Handout In the fall 2013 section of HIST 3644, undergraduate students studied Soviet history in a networked learning environment that used blogging to construct and present the content of the course. Each student maintained a blog that was syndicated to a main blog called Motherblog Central. Using guidelines provided by the instructor, students chose a topic that interested them, researched it, and posted their findings each week. The instructor and an undergraduate student assistant then curated the submissions into a "weekly edition" of the main blog, tagging the posts by topic and identifying exemplary posts to highlight on the slider at the top of the main blog.

Soviet History for the Networked Age

Hallmarks of Cancer

Hallmarks of Cancer exhibit The Hallmarks of Cancer exhibit displayed selected final projects created by undergraduate student teams for the spring 2013 section of BIOL 4874 Cancer Biology. Students were asked to demonstrate deep understanding of and add value to the hallmarks of cancer. Through collaboration with out-of-class mentors, students connected cancer biology with art, nutrition, child development, socioeconomics, and wildlife ecology.

Hallmarks of Cancer

Connor Grennan's Little Princes

posters on display Posters resulting from Herbert Bruce's UNIV 2984 course based on research on topics in Connor Grennan's Little Princes, 2013-2014's common book.

Connor Grennan's Little Princes


Newman Library second floor Newman Library second floor