Monday, May 19, 2008

Student Artwork Adds Sense of Place, Enjoyment to Others at Bracken Library

Artwork enhances the physical environment and adds color and interest to the study spaces at Bracken Library. Each summer we look forward to meeting students from the Department of Art who agree to lend artwork to the University Libraries for the enjoyment of others. Recently, senior Joshua J. Chatwin decided to donate three oil paintings to Bracken Library.

Artist Study of Robert Delunay’s Champs de Mars, oil on canvas, measuring 24” x 36” shown at right, will find a new home in the New Books and Bestsellers corner of Bracken Library. Delunay was a French cubist painter and an inspiration to Josh.

“I think it is cool to know I have work hanging in Bracken Library and that it will be in the possession of the Ball State Libraries now that I have graduated,” he said.

Laura M. Hruska, a junior from Munster, Indiana, agreed to lend three paintings this summer. Laura plans to major in photography. My Factory, oil and mixed media, measuring 64” x 48” is a geometric design with shades of yellow, purple, and red and will hang in the Learning Center area on the west side of Bracken’s first floor.

“Students whose work is accepted in Ball State’s annual juried art exhibit are our main contacts. We welcome artwork from our students and faculty,” said Susan Akers, University Libraries’ Marketing Communications Manager.

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