An art gallery is located on the 3rd Floor of the Bird Library. The gallery was established for an exhibit that was set to display on the OUHSC campus due to the health related subject matter.
In the fall of 2012 the first exhibit titled Silent Witnesses was installed. The pieces on display commissioned the talent of artists using prosthetic legs as subject matter. Nearly 800 innocent people are either killed or maimed each month as a result of more than 100 million mines lying scattered across more than 60 countries throughout the world. The artists hope viewers will identify with the ever-increasing humanitarian and diplomatic efforts to stop the land mine epidemic from spreading. For more information on this collaboration originally between the United Nations and the Center for International Health and Cooperation, see Previous Exhibits.
At the time the Library had no mechanism for displaying the art work; the Library was able to purchase custom art walls through the generosity of the College of Medicine, headed by Dean DeWayne Andrews.
The art work is changed periodically, 2-4 exhibits are hosted per year. Exhibits are developed from the collections of faculty, students, staff (or their family members) affiliated with the university or are on loan from the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art on the Norman campus.
There is a new photography exhibit in the Ferrati Lounge of the Robert Bird Library called "Anything But Ordinary" which features images captured by Mark Gunter. Mark Gunter is part of the OUHSC community and works in the Office of Institutional Research. The theme of his collection centers around the struggle of self-identity and confidence in the daily chaos of life. "Hiding in this collection are people who face the same struggles of self-identity and confidence as you. These are people who have found a way to see, at least for a moment, the beauty that those who know and love them see each and every day," said Mark.
Come see this intriguing collection on the third floor, near the Service Desk of the Library.