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Call for Creative Work

An Exhibit by WVU Art in the Libraries
Exhibition Dates: Online and Print: August 2023 - June 2024

Submissions have closed for this call for work.

About: The hacker ethos in the positive sense is about the ability to deconstruct and reconstruct information systems. We invite you to highlight the intersecting values that shape our libraries through your own lens reflecting on how YOU library. 

Who can submit? We invite community members, artists, practitioners, students, classes and scholars to submit art, photography, collage, book art, poetry, painting, drawing, or other creative projects. Students: Get iServe hours for submitting!          

How to submit? Download first, then fill out and Submit this form as PDF, DOCX or DOC, saved as LastName_FirstName_Hacking, along with a signed PDF, DOCX or DOC of the Exhibition Artist Memorandum of Understanding, saved as LastName_FirstName_MOU, to

Consider addressing any of the following definitions:

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Exhibit designs

The panels will include reproduced artworks and creative thematic design with the content accepted to visualize ideas and encourage visitors to pause and contemplate the messages of each section. Photographs, drawings, and quotes about each focus, as well as philosophical questions, and minimal technological resources when available, will give visitors a fuller understanding of the large concept, underscoring the commonalities and cultural distinctions within the broad theme of Hacking the Library. 

Programming and publishing opportunities 

We will coordinate virtual and in-person presentations, panels, tours and  talks related to  the exhibit.  

Submissions have closed. 


Deadline: January 31, 2023
Response: February 28, 2023
All content is due: (if finished work not in submission): April 1, 2023
Exhibition dates: Online and print: August 2023-June 2024

The exhibit will also become a digital exhibit living on the WVU Libraries’ website and archived on The Research Repository at WVU*.  The Research Repository provides a permanent online home for exhibition materials, and allows them to be viewed worldwide and cited as valuable contributions to the scholarly record.


Contact Sally Brown (WVU Libraries’ Exhibits Coordinator by phone or email

Scholarly Consultants: Karen Diaz, Dean, WVU Libraries; Christine Hoffman, Associate Professor, English WVU; Sarah Palfrey, Dir., Morgantown Public Library; Art in the Libraries Committee

Information on Art in the Libraries

You, the Artist/Designer, retain copyright to your work. You grant to the West Virginia University Board of Governors on behalf of the West Virginia University Libraries a royalty free, non-exclusive, irrevocable, world-wide license to reproduce, distribute, and create derivative works of your submission (as defined below) in any medium and format whether now know or later developed.     

You agree that the WVU Libraries may make derivative works, such as, editorial revisions, annotations, and elaborations (for example, changes to the item's metadata or descriptive information) as deemed necessary by WVU Libraries staff to make the item accessible. WVU Libraries may also cut your submission for exhibition integration; contributors will be contacted for cohesion if this is the case.   

You also represent that your submission does not, to the best of your knowledge, infringe upon anyone's copyright and agree to indemnify and hold WVU Libraries harmless from any claims of copyright infringement based on your submissions.  

If the submission contains material for which you do not hold copyright, you represent that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant the WVU Libraries the rights required by this license, and that such third-party owned material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text or content of the submission.  

*If you are accepted, by submitting your entry you give WVU Libraries the right to publish your images for publicity purposes for the exhibition (All credits will be included). We may ask select artists to provide higher resolution jpegs suitable for publishing.