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Current Exhibits

Hacking pic

Hacking the Library

Downtown Library     August 2023

This exhibit will present artwork that highlights the intersecting values that shape our libraries through an artistic lens, reflecting on challenges and definitions of libraries past and as we move into the future.

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Banjo and art prints

Instruments and Calendars: A Collection of Bob Smakula 

Evansdale Library | Spring 2024

The exhibit will feature a selection of the calendars, the custom printer blocks, and the actual instruments featured on the calendars. 
Banned Books

Banned Books: A History of Censorship  

 Downtown Library  |   Dec 2023 - Jul 2024

The exhibit explores the pervasive practice of literary censorship, emphasizing its attempts to silence voices, perspectives, and records of historic events. Blumish's showcase delves into the evolution of censorship, from early suppression efforts to contemporary challenges, urging viewers to contemplate the delicate balance between societal values and the fundamental principles of free speech.

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AI art of books

Rectifying New Digital Record

Downtown Library    Fall 2023

This exhibit will be a digital art that showcases how real-world inequalities transpire in the world of web. It highlights an issue of substantial social impact – the extent of influence of language & print texts on the digital domain

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Hands holding wooden block that says healthcare is human

Healthcare is Human

Health Science Library |    Aug 2023 - May 2024

Healthcare is Human not only paints a compelling picture of the pandemic experience in a small-town medical center, but also pushes back on prevailing, negative stereotypes of Appalachia.

basecamp printing artwork of PRT

Base Camp Printing

Evansdale Library | Fall 2023

The show includes prints from Base Camp’s 7 years of business. All work is made with hand-set type and carved linoleum, then, handprinted on old-fashioned printing presses.

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white dots on black background

WVU Press Exhibition Space

Downtown Campus Library

The WVU Libraries has invited the WVU Press to present rotating exhibits of their newly released book covers around the 2nd floor of the Downtown Campus Library

paint buckets

Murals by WVU Art Movement Students

Downtown Campus Library  | South Stairway

WVU undergraduate students in the WVU Art Movement group created acrylic paintings inspired by the seasons in West Virginia.

Wildflowers and trees book cover

Contemporary Literary Appalachia: Reimagining Classic Appalachian Book Covers

Downtown Campus Library | ongoing
College of Creative Arts Professor of Graphic Design Joseph Galbreath's advanced design students worked with the West Virginia & Regional History Center Appalachian and Rare Book Collections to reimagine classic Appalachian book covers.

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abstract painting

Paintings by Max Hayslette

Downtown Campus Library (6th floor)

An installation of two-dimensional abstract paintings that are divided into foreground, middleground and background planes.

Hill landscape

Photography by Betty Rivard

Downtown Campus Library

An exhibit of West Virginia Landscape Photographs.

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Microscopic image

Life: Magnified

Health Sciences Library

An installation of thirteen back-lit images showing cells and other scenes of life magnified by as much as 50,000 times from the National Institutes of Health.

Microscopic art

Photography by Allan Jones

Health Sciences Library

An exhibit of various medical microscopic photographs using an Olympus polarizing microscope at a 10X objective.

Pills on a yellow background

The Need for Interprofessional Education is Chronic: An asynchronous telemedicine simulation

Health Science Library |  Aug - Dec 2024

The exhibit presents the winning work by Angela Goodhart and Jennifer Momen outlining a virtual longitudinal interprofessional chronic care management simulation between pharmacy students and physician assistant students.

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Laptop art exhibit

Laptop Art Exhibit

WVU Downtown Library  2023

We posted a call to campus and community to share and explain their laptop stickers. These 13 individuals offer insight into their lives and interests, showing their passions and ways of self expression through their unique collections of stickers.

Oragami Grasshopper

Insect Origami: Creative Arts Meet Biological and Physical Sciences

Downtown Library |  Sept. 2023 -  May 2024

Curated by 2023 Art in the Libraries Faculty Exhibit Awardee Long-Lak Park, Professor of Entomology, Davis College, this upcoming exhibit displays over 20 origami models and demonstrate the art of insect origami through hands-on activities.

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born on rebellion logo

Born of Rebellion: WV statehood traveling exhibit 

Downtown Library | Nov 2023

As the nation looks ahead to its 250th birthday in 2026, a traveling exhibit about the  state’s origins is already making the rounds.  Born of Rebellion: West Virginia Statehood and the Civil War is the new flagship history exhibit from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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boyd carr drawing

Seeing Through Lines, an exhibition of drawings by Boyd Carr

Downtown Library, Floor 4

This exhibition includes a curated selection of line drawings by the artist, poet and philosopher Boyd Carr, notably known for his iconic line drawing of a sardonic hillbilly named O Hector Lee in The West Virginia Hillybilly, a weekly paper published in Richwood, West Virginia, throughout the 1970s and 80s. There will be a selection of his other creative work on view as well.

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Renaissance painting

After the Plague Years: A Public History Students Exhibit

Downtown Library   |    Sept 2023 - May 2024

Students in WVU History Professor Jennifer Thornton's history classes 2022-23 researched, developed, and designed this exhibit featuring plagues throughout history

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Drawing of doctor

Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn!

Health Science Library |   Spring 2024

Graphic medicine shows the creator’s experiences of illness and health through a medium that is approachable and relatable. Artists and authors have drawn and written about cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s Disease, sexual assault, and more.

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