Artwork Contributed by Bird Library Staff & Faculty
Creative expression is a form of communication, therapy, play, and documentation. Creativity is also an equalizer, blind to differences in position, age, gender, race, and religious affiliation. In Bird Library’s newest exhibit, Common Ground, library staff and faculty collaborated to pull together an impressive display of their own and their family members’ artwork in a variety of mediums. The exhibit includes photography, chalk drawings, oil paintings, collages, poetry, and dioramas which portray an array of themes such as family, landscape, fantasy, and history. We hope you enjoy our individual talents and shared, collective story in Common Ground!
--- Kristi Kohl, Director of Serials Services
Come see this intriguing collection on the third floor, near the Service Desk of the Library.
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.