Monthly Archives: April 2009

Ames Library Art Purchase Award Winner

(from the IWU News Blog)

Laura Murray, a senior Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) art major, has been chosen to receive the fourteenth annual Ames Library Art Purchase Award.

Murray’s winning artwork, titled “Design & Music,” is a graphic design poster. Her other pieces in the Senior BA/BFA Art Show included a branding identity, a package design, logo designs, magazine spreads, poster and book layouts and charcoal drawings.

“I feel very privileged to have a piece of work that reflects my college experience at Illinois Wesleyan hanging in a beautiful building where future students can appreciate it,” Murray said.

Since 1996, The Ames Library has purchased a piece of artwork every year from a collection of work done by a senior BFA art student. The chosen piece is displayed on the entry level of The Ames Library for one academic year, after which it is moved to the permanent collection of student artwork on the second floor.

For additional information, contact Robert Delvin, fine arts librarian for The Ames Library, at (309) 556-3003.

To view images of past Art Purchase Award winners, please visit our online collection.

Ames Library Research Strategies Award Announced

Rachael Miller ’09, who will be graduating in May with a double major in Hispanic Studies and Greek and Roman Studies, has won The Ames Library Artistic and Scholarly Research Strategies Award. The award was established to recognize outstanding information access strategies used by students in the development of their scholarly and artistic/creative projects while at Illinois Wesleyan.

Miller’s research, “Las bibliotecas públicas y la comunidad Latina (Public libraries and the Latino community)” was completed for her Spanish for Social Justice class with Professor of Hispanic Studies Carolyn Nadeau. Miller’s research analyzed the library resources needs of the growing Hispanic population in our community. In her winning essay, Miller chronicled her research journey that took her from library databases and research discussions with Ames librarians to interviews with librarians in both the Bloomington and Normal public libraries. Professor Nadeau’s letter of support for the application cites Miller’s work as “…an extraordinary example of the well-researched paper that Illinois Wesleyan students are capable of producing.” In addition to a $500 award, her essay is online in Digital Commons, the online archive that houses IWU student journals, vetted student artistic and scholarly research, and faculty scholarship. (As reported IWU’s Campus Weekly)