The Faculty Exhibits Program highlights the interests and talents of faculty, and creates an alternative to the traditional modes of presenting academic scholarship and research. Aspiring to be inclusive and collaborative, the faculty-driven exhibits embolden the exchange of ideas that embody a variety of curatorial and conceptual approaches. The faculty-driven exhibits, typically displayed on the library’s second floor, are available for students, faculty and the community for an academic quarter.

Kennedy Library’s exhibit program has partnered with faculty to highlight their research interests by unique and tangible means since 2006. The program aims to foster collaboration, student engagement and discovery through partnerships with faculty, students and members of the Cal Poly community; highlighting the scholarly and creative work of faculty and students from across the colleges at Cal Poly. The program also provides work for student curators and student designers to assist with the art direction, installation and graphic design.

Faculty Exhibits Program produces a major exhibit in the spring on the second floor.This open gallery space of 880 square feet is partially illuminated by natural light, where student study spaces are adjacent to and sometimes integrated within exhibits. This space also hosts traveling exhibits that support the campus curriculum.

Past exhibits have featured work by students and faculty from architecture to fine arts and biology to planetary science. Event openings and related events have featured demonstrations, guest talks, and hands-on workshops.