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WVU Libraries receives West Virginia Humanities Council grant to support “Retrospective” exhibit

West Virginia University Libraries received a mini-grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to support an exhibition titled “Art in the Libraries Retrospective, 2015-24” and an accompanying brochure.

The retrospective will illustrate and celebrate eight years of exhibitions and programming across the three Morgantown campus libraries, highlighting their scope and impact on the campus and community.

“The West Virginia Humanities Council has been a great supporter of many activities of the WVU Art in the Libraries program over the years,” WVU Dean of the Libraries Karen Diaz said.  “It is as fitting that their name will be included on this retrospective as it is appreciated that they are supporting it. They have been such an important part of this work.”

WVU Libraries, in collaboration with the WVU Humanities Center, is excited to present this first Art in the Libraries Retrospective exhibit. The exhibit will expose and engage students, faculty, staff and community members in the work of the program, which is to enrich the connection between WVU Libraries’ collections, its services, and new ways of seeing, learning and understanding.

The programming and display will present an opportunity for both campus and community involvement and will reflect Art in the Libraries’ ongoing connections and recent collaborations with the WVU Humanities Center.

Art in the Libraries’ work spans across disciplines, fostering interactivity and generating heightened interest and awareness regarding the pivotal role of the humanities in meaning-making, inquiry, and social justice. From addressing environmental concerns to exploring food justice, ethics, voting, healthcare, contemporary art, literature and beyond, this exhibit promises to explore a broad spectrum of pertinent subjects.

“Art in the Libraries Retrospective, 2015-24” represents the best of the Art in the Libraries initiative and celebrates the impact on the campus, community, and beyond. 

A multi-disciplinary panel discussion will celebrate the exhibition including panelists: Renee Nicholson (WVU Humanities Center), Joshua Lohnes (WVU Food Justice Network), Nicole Fuller (WVU Office of Accessibility Services), Jason Lee (WVU Sculpture), Danielle Emerling (WVRHC Government Archives), Lara Farina (WVU English), and Beth Royall (WVU Libraries’ Arts Librarian).

Did you participate or enjoy Art in the Libraries programming? We’d love to include your experiences and feedback in the exhibit! Email Exhibits Coordinator Sally Brown, or fill out the form on the exhibit page,