Art in the Libraries

About The Program

Vision:

Libraries offer a distinct learning environment for engaging exhibits as an incubator for ideas that stimulate conversation, inquiry, discovery, and reflection. The Art in the Libraries program enriches the connection between WVU Libraries' collections, library services and new ways of seeing, learning, and understanding.

Mission:

Art in the Libraries develops exhibits and related programs in the Downtown Campus Library, Evansdale Library, and Health Sciences Library, highlighting the creative endeavors and scholarship of WVU faculty, staff, and students, reaching across the University, the region, and the broader academic community. This program demonstrates how art, libraries and scholars encourage the community to explore, reflect, and discuss what they encounter in the WVU Libraries which seeks to embody the mission of West Virginia University by excelling in discovery and innovation, modeling cultural diversity and inclusion, promoting vitality and building pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity.

Types of Exhibits

Downtown Campus Library:

  • Showcase Exhibits: temporary, flexible and responsive exhibits in Downtown Campus Library's several open spaces (main floor, Atrium, 2nd floor, 4th floor, 6th floor) curated by AiL committee, librarians, and affiliated WVU constituencies or accepted submissions.
  • Single art placement: temporary, singular art placed throughout spaces on loan by artists, invited by AiL committee, librarians or affiliated constituencies.

 

Evansdale Library: This library is on the Evansdale Campus, home to Engineering, Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Creative Arts, Education and Human Services, Agriculture and Natural Resources, International Programs and more. Exhibits may be based around these areas of scholarship and encompass limited wall space or cases. Space is also available for single art placement.

Health Sciences Library: The Health Sciences Library is located in the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, and supports the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Public Health. Exhibits may be based around these areas of scholarship and encompass limited wall space or cases. Space is also available for single art placement.

Cases: There are several display cases that are available for exhibits promoting cross campus events, scholarship, and programs at all three Libraries' locations. To inquire about possibilities with cases, email Sally Deskins, sbdeskins@mail.wvu.edu.

Dean of the Libraries Student Art Prize Award: Awards are selected by the Art in the Libraries Committee from the WVU School of Art & Design's annual Juried Student Exhibitions. Selected students are invited to display their work in the Libraries.

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Contact The Committee

The Art in the Libraries goal is to inspire the community to explore, reflect, and discuss the art that they encounter in the Libraries. If you are interested in learning more about the Art in the Library exhibits and programs, please contact the committee.