Picture Exhibition on Loan to Schools/Libraries

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Focus on the Universe: Astrophotographers of Southern California is a picture exhibition composed of 17 stunning images of the night sky designed by the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside.

The exhibition is the result of a public call for images from astrophotographers residing in southern California, 17 images were selected. The exhibition shows a wide variety of cosmic phenomena: galaxies, nebulae, sunspots, meteors, clusters of stars, supernovae remnants, among others. It was originally displayed from May 26 until June 29, 2016 in the Orbach Science Library at UC Riverside, and has since toured public schools and libraries. I has been admired by over 16,000 people.


The exhibition is being offered to public schools and libraries on loan for free. Here is what you need to know:

  • The exhibition is composed of 17 images
  • All images are printed on aluminum
    • They are light and easy to clean
  • Exhibition details:
    • All images (17) have float hangers, they can be set-up on a wall (see images)
    • 16 images can be displayed on acrylic stands over any surface (see images)
    • 15 of the images are 12″ x 12″
    • 2 images are 12″ x 24″ (one portrait, one landscape)
  • Every image has a caption printed, explaining the depicted cosmic phenomena
    • The information level of the captions is appropriate for late-elementary school students and above
  • Pictures are picked-up and dropped-off at UC Riverside by the requesting school/library


Considerations that will be made when selecting a school:

  • Relationship with the school’s/library’s curricula, internal activities or extracurricular activities
  • Estimated number of visitors
  • Venue inside the school/library


If you are interested in having the exhibition displayed in your public school or library,
please fill the request form after considering the following information:

  • Loan periods are 3 weeks long
    • January 22 to February 12, 2018
    • February 26 to March 19, 2018
    • April 9 to April 30, 2018
    • May 14 to June 4, 2018
  • Request deadline is December 1, 2017
  • Exhibition venue in school/library
  • School/library contact
  • Target audience
  • Estimated number of visitors
  • Contact email and telephone
  • Type of exhibition method:
    • float hanger
    • acrylic stand
  • Relationship of the exhibition to the school’s/library’s curricula, internal activities, or extra-curricular activities

Image carrousel (if you don’t see it, please pause your ad-blocker)


The exhibition was made possible by a National Science Foundation grant led by Prof. Gillian Wilson (UC Riverside), by the FIELDS Program led by Prof. Bahram Mobasher (UC Riverside), and curated/designed by Dr. Mario De Leo-Winkler (UC Riverside). Please see all images in the carrousel below.

The exhibition features the work of Anne Sullivan, Alex McConahay, Bruce Herwig, Bruce Waddington, Bruce White, Cassiano Carromeu, Dave Holland, Dustin A. Smith, John Fisanotti, John Castillo, John L. Martin, Kevin Morefield, Samuel Pitts and Nancy Hajjar.