Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Glorious to View: The KU Campus Heritage Project
  • 01-Aug-2013 - 31-Dec-2020
  • North College Café, GSP, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Spencer Museum of Art celebrates Mount Oread’s history and traditions by highlighting connections among the many memories that are spread across the KU landscape. Glorious to View—a name culled from the beloved KU Alma Mater song—presents an array of artworks and archival photographs to share the history of the KU campus, focusing on four historic sites: Spooner Hall, Fraser Hall, Old North College, and Potter Lake. The exhibition is installed in the third-floor hallway of the Spencer Museum and objects are drawn from the collections of both the Museum and the Spencer Research Library.

Glorious to View represents an innovative collaboration between Spencer staff and advanced KU graphic design students studying with Professor Patrick Dooley. The project was developed by Spencer Museum curators Susan Earle and Nancy Mahaney, along with graduate student intern Chassica Kirchhoff, who also penned the texts. To design the four panels, 21 students worked with photographs from the University Archives, artworks from the Spencer Museum of Art, and the histories of each of the four sites spotlighted in Glorious to View. The students worked closely with Spencer Museum graphic designer, Tristan Telander.

The Spencer Museum of Art would like to acknowledge and thank the Historic Mount Oread Friends for their generous support of this exhibition. The goal of this important group is “to ensure that KU’s past is always part of its future.”