Whether a child’s artwork proudly hung on a refrigerator, beloved posters hung in a freshman’s dorm room, or a family photograph passed down through generations and given pride of a place in one’s home, what we display on our walls- what we choose to surround ourselves with- says something about us, about what and who we value, and about what we believe is worth preserving. In the past few decades, discussions about public art (portraits, busts, photographs, and of course statues) have increasingly become the subject of local and national conversations in the United States.
With the Rios art collection on its way to Texas, bound for a new home and a retrospective of the artist’s life works, the Health Sciences Library is bringing that conversation to bear about its own walls, asking:
What does our community value?
What is worthy of remembrance?
How will the art on our walls affect the people who use the Library to learn, study, and relax?
We realize that this isn’t a conversation only for the Library’s employees; this is a conversation in which our larger community must participate. The retrieval of the Rios paintings has provided us with the opportunity to choose artworks and artists to be included in the Library’s collection and we want it to be reflective of the diverse communities who use the Library; we’d really like for you to be a part of these conversations.
Please watch this blog and our homepage and social media channels for more information in the coming weeks.
If want to share your thoughts, or if you know for sure that you want to be part of this conversation, please email Kimberley Barker, MLIS, the Health Sciences Library’s Librarian for Belonging & Community Engagement: email@example.com.
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