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Sixth annual LibArt exhibition accepting submissions

Monday, March 14, 2016

LibArt in Anschutz LibraryKU Libraries are now accepting submissions for the sixth annual “LibArt: Student Art in the Libraries.” LibArt is a yearlong exhibition that gives KU students an opportunity to display artwork throughout the libraries. With thousands of patrons visiting KU Libraries yearly, student work will gain vast exposure, providing creative inspiration throughout the libraries.

In its sixth year, LibArt continues to gain popularity, as it allows students of all majors a space to present their creative explorations. Students, faculty and community members alike can enjoy the original and imaginative projects emerging at KU through LibArt.

“KU Libraries are thrilled to be featuring the visual creations of our own students, and their art clearly enriches the creative and intellectual vitality of library spaces,” said Kent Miller, interim co-dean of KU Libraries.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit original works that can be physically or digitally displayed. Two-dimensional art will be considered for physical exhibition and all varieties of work, including three-dimensional and multimedia work, will be considered for digital display. Students can submit up to five pieces for consideration. Artwork must be submitted by midnight on April 1. For submission guidelines or for more information, visit the LibArt webpage.

“The exhibitions provide a wonderful resume-building opportunity for students, as well as a chance to connect their work with thousands of viewers over the course of the year,” said Courtney Foat, LibArt committee chair and assistant director of Communications & Advancement at KU Libraries.

The LibArt committee will evaluate all submissions and select work for exhibition based on artistic merit; the committee’s goal is to select a broad representation of styles, content and media. External judges – established artists and art historians from the campus and local community— will then evaluate the work chosen for exhibition. Artists whose work is selected as being “highly distinctive” will be recognized at the LibArt opening reception early in the fall semester.

Art selected for physical display will be exhibited on the third floors of Watson Library, Anschutz Library and Kenneth Spencer Research Library from August 2016 to May 2017. Digital display selections will be projected in both Watson and Anschutz.

For questions related to the program or submission process, please contact Courtney Foat, LibArt committee chair, at 785-864-0970 or

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