Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Link on Libraries’ Webpage Highlights Artwork Featured in Bracken Library

The University Libraries proudly exhibit original artwork, particularly pieces created by students and faculty. We receive artwork by purchase, through donors' gifts, by long-term loan from the University’s College of Fine Arts and the Ball State Museum of Art, or by loan directly from the artist.

Artistic works include paintings, watercolors, sculpture, drawings and sketches, photography, posters, mixed media, prints, 3-D models, and other creative output. Creators include Ball State students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In addition, we have works from local Muncie and regional artists, and from artists who have national and international recognition.

Several of our artworks are Libraries’ Purchase Awards directly from student artists who have entered their artwork in the juried Annual Student Art Show. This Show is held at the Ball State University Museum of Art. Similarly, the Dean’s Purchase Awards are acquisitions that have been made by the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Dr. Robert A. Kvam, who has generously loaned these works to the University Libraries.

Dr. Arthur W. Hafner, Dean of University Libraries, said, “Our purpose in displaying artworks is to beautify the physical environment of the Libraries and to add color and interest to the study spaces. We also seek to expand the liberal arts education of our students, faculty, and visitors by exposing them to the artistic creativity of others.”

A link which categorizes artwork by floor is The link provides the name of the piece, the artist’s name, medium, and a digital image of the work.

Students have commented to personnel at the Libraries how much they appreciate seeing the variety of artwork on Bracken’s walls. We are delighted to have the opportunity to share the work and creativity of many artists with a wide audience.


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