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MSU Meyer Library, Art and Design Department Collaborate on Exhibit Space

(Photo courtesy Missouri State University Meyer Library)

Duane G. Meyer Library on the campus of Missouri State University has a number of art-related exhibits and events in the next month or so, in collaboration with the MSU Art and Design Department.

Art and Design Chair Carolyn Cardenas calls the partnership with Meyer Library "a wonderful opportunity for our students to get their work out, and especially to get their work on the main campus since we've moved (off-campus) to Brick City" on Mill Street in downtown Springfield.  Meyer Library offers Art and Design students a prominent display space right in the middle of campus. "Certainly we have a lot of things happening at Brick City that are worth going over to see.  But what makes this really exciting for our students is that the library is becoming a place where students are congregating more, not so much to read books but the get information and participate in (various) programs."

Likewise, Lindsey Seevers, Community Engagement and External Support Coordinator for Meyer Library, considers the collaboration "a very exciting opportunity for the Meyer Library.  We have three quarters of a million people coming in through our doors every year, so that it's great exposure for the (Art and Design) students, and also helps create a really great space.  More and more students are using the library as a place to collaborate on projects, to have quiet study time, and we're seeing the library become a place where things can be created--not just consumed."

One of the fruits of this collaboration is prominently visible before you even get to the library's front door: a sculpture by MSU grad and per-course art faculty member Jacob Burmood has been loaned to the library by the artist for part of the fall semester and is currently on display directly in front of the library. It was designed, implemented and installed by Burmood; it's made of fiberglass and finished in cold-cast aluminum.

Architecture poster art by MSU Art History students is set to go on display Friday Aug.21st and continue through Sept.25 on the second level of Meyer Library, on the west end of the second floor near room 209. Art History students will be available to talk about their posters Saturday Sept.12 from 11:00am to noon during Family Weekend at MSU. And between September 9th and 12th the Art and Design Department intends to put up a Master of Fines Arts exhibit in the library.

An exhibit of enlarged prints from graphic novels by Polish artist and illustrator Miroslaw Urbaniak will be on display Sept. 1st through 30th in Meyer Library room 107.  Urbaniak will speak in Meyer Library Auditorium (Room 101) at 3:00pm on Friday Sept.25, with a reception in room 107 at 5:00pm.

And there will be a "Study Away" show featuring national and international images by students in MSU's Study Away program, scheduled to go on display around October 9th in Meyer Library.

Finally, don't forget the College of Arts and Letters operates the MSU Student Exhibition Center a few blocks north of Meyer Library, on Walnut Street at Hammons Parkway.  It's open to the public exhibiting student artwork daily Tuesday through Saturday, and once a month after hours during the First Friday Art Walk.

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