Published: Oct. 22, 2019

This week only, there is a VR screen mimicking the movements of passersby in ATLAS, birds flying out of a cage in the Recreation Center, and a doorway leading onlookers toward a world of infinite possibilities of discovery and knowledge in the Engineering Center. 

In Norlin Library, students elaborate on the idea that “Knowledge Is Power.” Aging books are chained to a wall in Gemmill Library.

"in the beginning, there was ... , and then ..." by Arpi Grigorian.

"in the beginning, there was ... , and then ..." by Arpi Grigorian in Gemmill Library.

On the East Campus, a painting in the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC) building considers the flow of knowledge to be a “dynamic manifestation” of “The Timeless Fellowship of the Human Spirit."

All six of the original installations were created by students and faculty are part of the University Libraries’  “Open Access: Artistic Interpretations” to celebrate International Open Access Week and increase awareness of the issues surrounding open access publishing.

Joelle Wescott's art in the Engineering Center's cafe.

"Stepping Up to Limitless Knowledge," by Joelle Wescott in the Engineering Center. 

Scholarly Communication Librarian Melissa Cantrell said this series of installations is allowing the creators and the campus to engage with ways we can improve scholarly publishing.

“This project is innovative because it deconstructs open access in a way that meets people where they are, whether it be on their way to the coffee shop in the Engineering Center or after a workout in the Rec Center,” Cantrell said. 

"Unlocking New Heights," by Maddie Karr.

"Unlocking New Heights," by Maddie Karr in the Recreation Center. 

The six artists include: Professor George Rivera from the Art and Art History Department, Maddie Karr from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Joelle Wescott from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Alison Weinberger from the College of Arts and Sciences, Armon Naeini from Technology, Arts and Media, and Arpi Grigorian from Visual Arts and Physics. 

George Rivera's art of faces responding to knowledge is power

"Knowledge is Power," by Professor George Rivera in Norlin Library.

Each artist submitted a proposal at the beginning of the semester to participate in sharing their artistic interpretations of the open access movement. 

"The Timeless Fellowship," by Alison Weinberger.

"The Timeless Fellowship," by Alison Weinberger in SEEC.

On Thursday, Oct. 24 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., join us in the Center for British and Irish Studies on the fifth floor of Norlin Library for a reception with food, presentations from our six artists and remarks from Magnolia Landa-Posas, Community Engagement Manager for the Just Transition Collaborative. 

Visit all six installations located across campus on Friday, Oct. 25, with the Libraries! A guided tour will leave from Norlin Library’s west entrance at noon. A few of the exhibits will remain after Open Access, but to see all of them, you need to act this week.

:body," by Armon Naeini.

Student interacting with "::body," by Armon Naeini in ATLAS.

“More broadly, these installations represent how open access is not just a Libraries’ concern, but truly a community issue that touches us all whether we choose to walk right by it or to stop and learn more,” said Cantrell.