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Libraries accepting submissions for Graduate Student Exhibit Award

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
February 8th, 2023

The West Virginia University Libraries’ Art in the Libraries committee is seeking submissions for the 2023 Graduate Student Exhibit Award.

As part of its mission, the Art in the Libraries Committee wants to highlight the art and scholarship of WVU graduate students. The Committee invites current graduate students to submit ideas for consideration for an exhibit to visually showcase their scholarship in new and experimental ways.

These can present a visual evolution of their work, visualize their research and influences, or answer a research question. Proposals should be based on their academic or creative research and lend themselves to visual interpretation with Library consultation.

“The goals of these awards are to provide a multidisciplinary platform for deeper learning, foster intellectual discourse and discussion and demonstrate the breadth of WVU’s creative and innovative activity,” Libraries Exhibit Coordinator Sally Brown said.

The exhibit should present an evolution of one’s work by visualizing research, influences, and findings. The goals of these awards are to provide a multidisciplinary platform for deeper learning, while fostering intellectual discourse, in order to demonstrate the breadth of WVU’s creative and innovative activities.

The winner of the Graduate Student Award will receive a $500 professional development fund award and an exhibition in the Downtown Library’s Graduate Research Commons. The winner has the option of giving a public lecture, program, or demonstration. Awards also include help with design, installation, promotion, and coordination of a public program, offering an opportunity for exposure.

All WVU graduate students who will be enrolled while the exhibit is on display are eligible.

Deadline for submission is June 30. Visit to download an application. Complete the form, add an abbreviated CV, save as a PDF (Lastname_Firstname_Graduateexhibitproposal.pdf) and email to Type “Graduate Student exhibit award proposal” in the subject line.

Winners will be selected by the Art in the Libraries Committee. Selection will be based on applications that best meet the award’s goals listed above. Applicants may contact Brown at for a tour and/or consultation before applying.

The first Graduate Exhibit Award Winner was Chansotheary Dang, Unboxing the Black Box: The Evolution of Microbial Ecology, in 2022.

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