Past Exhibits

2020 Exhibits

Wetland to Woodland

Art piece by Mary Waltham

Art piece by Susan HoenigLocation: Second Floor – Quiet Reading Room, Second Floor – Hallway, Second Floor – Tech Center

Date: Mar. 1, 2020 – Jan 5, 2021

Wetland to Woodland is an exhibition by two Princeton-based eco-artists, Mary Waltham and Susan Hoenig. The works on display ask viewers to consider afresh these two distinctly different but interrelated ecosystems, each of which combats climate change.

The artists have worked together to present works reflecting a connection to and inspiration from wetland and woodland respectively, using a range of visual media and methods.

Materials collected from selected sites, such as wetlands muds and ink derived from tree nuts, are incorporated in some of these works to express and enhance the portraits of site or species.

The artists share an urgent concern with the numerous ways in which the climate emergency is affecting our wetlands, our woodlands and inevitably, all of our lives.

Mary Waltham

Online catalog of Wet~lands work




Susan Hoenig




Princeton and Women’s Suffrage: “The Greatest Question of the Day”

One hundred years ago, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution officially made it constitutional for women in the U.S. to vote. In practice, this right did not initially extend to all women, but the victory in 1920 remains a major milestone, a long and hard-fought win in an ongoing struggle for women’s rights, voting rights, and civil rights.

Its passage was never certain, especially in Princeton, a town that embodied the difficulties in bringing communities, and families, to consensus on the issue of a woman’s right to vote. Though many towns experienced this division, the nation closely watched Princeton, then home to the sitting President and a former First Lady.

Explore how the debate on women’s suffrage played out in Princeton from 1910 to 1920 in our new digital exhibition.

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library and Historical Society of Princeton with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities

In Stitches: Joyful & Tactile Meditation

Location: Second Floor Tech Center

Date: Dec. 2 – Feb. 28

Lifelong maker Kyle Burkhardt has sewn her own clothing and bags by machine for years. Intrigued by the charming appeal and convenient portability of embroidery, she started stitching pre-printed kits by hand five years ago. Kyle discovered that embroidery is a joyful, tactile form of meditation: rhythmic, relaxing, and stress-relieving. This work ranges from traditional sashiko (Japanese embroidery) to updated stitching with a delightful twist, and in styles ranging from chunky threads to detailed pieces.

A New Jersey native, Kyle has worked at Princeton University for over 12 years. Follow her on Instagram at @vacuumingthelawn.

Sinking In: Pursuing Facets of Depth

Location: Second Floor – Quiet Reading Room, Second Floor – Hallway

Date: Dec. 2 – Feb. 28

Susan DeConcini is an artist living in Lambertville, New Jersey. She primarily works as a Scenic Artist, painting theatrical sets at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. As someone who can be called on to paint anything at any time, she spends hours outside of work, studying the world around her. Often, when traveling, she likes to do quick little watercolors in a sketchbook. About her waterscape series she says: “I like to paint everywhere I go. It captures the mood and energy of the place. In these sketches, I’ve always felt water has eluded me. I was never able to capture it well. I started this series in an effort to improve on my waterscapes. The best way to improve is to practice.” She starts in small scale – sometimes as small as 3”x3” – and works up. She has done similar series with clouds and leaves.

Susan has had several individual shows in the area. Earlier this year, she displayed her cloudscapes and waterscapes at Small World Coffee in Princeton. She has participated in Garden State Watercolor Society’s 2018 and 2019 Juried show, as well as this year’s Member Show. She has displayed a show of her Autumn Leaf Portraits at the Boro Bean in Hopewell. Her waterscapes and cloudscapes were most recently displayed at the Cobblestone Creek Country Club.

You can follow her, or see more of her artwork on her website at, or follow her on Instagram @SusanDeConcini

World War II on the Princeton Home Front

Location: Second Floor Princeton Room

Date: Oct. 15 – Feb. 6

Although the main action took place across oceans, World War II also permeated civilian life at home. Princeton residents engaged in civilian defense, rationed their purchases, and contributed to foreign relief efforts. This exhibition explores how World War II affected Princeton and its neighbors on a local level through historic documents and objects.

This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton

Fall 2019 Exhibits

The Power Of Faces – Theresa Menders and Daniel Farber Huang

Location: Second Floor Quiet Reading Room, Second Floor Hallway, Second Floor Tech Center

Date: Sept. 10 – Nov. 30

Images from the global photojournalism project by Theresa Menders and Daniel Farber Huang will be on display on the second floor of the library through November 30. Realizing that most of the nearly 69 million people displaced to refugee camps lost treasured family photos when they fled their homes, Menders and Huang bring photo printers into refugee camps around the globe, where they distribute portraits for individuals to keep. The context of refugee camps is intentionally cropped out of the images to focus on individuals, and not merely their label as “refugees”. This photojournalism project humanizes the plight of refugees and illuminates their experiences.

Daniel Farber Huang and Theresa Menders have collaborated successfully on numerous documentary photography projects over the last 20 years. Their collaborative work as documentary photographers is included in the permanent collections of numerous fine art museums and historic institutions across the United States. Daniel and Theresa have collaborated on a broad range of issues, with a long-term focus on women’s and children’s issues and the alleviation of poverty locally and around the world. Theresa is also a Director at Otsuka Pharmaceutical, National Fellow of The Explorers Club and Mentor at Princeton University’s Keller Center for Innovation. Daniel is also founder of The EchoStream Group, a specialized corporate finance advisory firm, a Member of The Explorers Club, and Advisor to Princeton University’s Keller Center for Innovation. The team is based out of Princeton, NJ with assignments around the globe.

Please visit their website for further information.

Summer 2019 Exhibits

Luminous Matter – Fran Eber

Location: Second Floor Quiet Reading Room

Date: June 14 – Sept. 6

Artist Fran Eber describes her work, “Luminous Matter,” as channeling the forces of fluid dynamics. She says she achieves this otherworldly look by combining pigments, fluids and additives to produce a physical reaction. Layering different densities of paint leads to the formation of cellular structures that echo natural processes. Eber describes some of her results as comparable to phenomena that can be observed in astronomy, such as the Rayleigh-Taylor instability seen in The Crab Nebula.

Please visit the website of Fran Eber for further information.

Our Universe – From Here to Infinity – Robert Vanderbei

Location: Tech Center and Second Floor Hallway

Date: June 14 – Sept. 6

A lifelong interest in astronomy led Vanderbei, a professor at Princeton University and the library’s scientist-in-residence this summer, to buy a digital camera designed for taking long-exposure astrophotographs in 2003, he says in his artist’s statement, continuing that “I began imaging the universe. The star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies that I’ve been able to image from my backyard are stunningly beautiful and it’s been extremely interesting to learn about these objects… what they are, how big and how far away they are, and how they came to be. It is all very interesting and truly humbling.”

Woodstock 50: A Look Back – Ilene Levin

Location: 1st Floor Exhibit Space

Date: July 15 – September 1

Our Summer of ’69 retrospective continues in August with events that look back on Woodstock. An exhibit of photographs taken by local resident Ilene Levine at the era-defining music festival is on display near the first floor Welcome Desk through the end of the month. The photos, including images that span the festival’s opening day through its final rain-soaked moments, are being added to the archives of the Bethel Woods Museum. Thanks to the Princeton Record Exchange, library visitors can also experience the sounds of Woodstock on vinyl at our retro Library Listening Station. All four Woodstock albums are available as are other selections from artists who performed at the event. This installation complements a screening of the film Woodstock on Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. and a tribute concert taking place at Community Park North on Aug. 17 at 5 p.m.

Spring 2019 Exhibits

Alex Erickson

Location: Third Floor STEAM Studio

Date: June 24th – July 1st

Alex Erickson is a Princeton student entering her junior year at Rutgers Prep.

Alex describes her work as a collection of portraits, some more realistic, while others are centered around emotions or concepts.

The Glass Room Experience

Glass Room image

Location: First floor near Welcome Desk

Date: Monday, January 7 – Sunday, January 27

The Glass Room Experience is an interactive exhibition on data and privacy that prompts reflection about how our data is generated, harvested, traded, and sold every day. Through objects based on those from the Glass Room installations in New York and other locations, issues around online privacy and data collection are made accessible and tangible. The exhibit demonstrates the scale of the companies behind the platforms visitors use every day, provides an understanding of what data can be gleaned from selfies, and reveals what we’re agreeing to with the privacy policies we rarely read.

The Concussion Diaries – Terri Riendeau

Stained Glass Acrylic on canvas

Location: Second Floor Quiet Reading Room

Date: January 12 – June 8, 2019

In April 2017, artist Terri Riendeau suffered a serious concussion and for months was forbidden from doing any ‘complex thinking.’ In this newfound state of mind, Terri began to notice every detail of the world around her and began painting. Her paintings explore different techniques, color, and form.

Art exhibits on the second floor are curated by the Arts Council of Princeton.

Please visit their site for further information about Terri Riendeau.

The Periodic Table of Elements – Robert Di Matteo

Carbon Acrylic, coal slag, graphite on canvas

Location: Second Floor Technology Center

Date: January 12-June 8

Artist Robert DiMatteo’s art is inspired by his interest and attention to the sciences. This new body of work focuses on the Periodic Table and natural elements. Each piece is an experiment in materials and texture.

Art exhibits on the second floor are curated by the Arts Council of Princeton.

Please visit their site for further information about Robert Di Matteo.