The Arizona State University College of Art Library celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new student exhibition

The Arizona State University College of Art Library celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new student exhibition

November 13, 2023

Back in 2013, when it was the Arizona State University Library Map and geospatial center I decided to withdraw surplus copies of the topographic maps, and allowed other units to use them in new creative endeavours. That’s when the collaboration with the Herberger Institute of Design and Arts took place School of Arts seem.

This year’s annual Creative student cartography exhibition Celebrates a special anniversary.
Illustrated paintings and drawing on cartographic material displayed on a table
A selection of artworks from the Art on Paper Gallery at Arizona State University. Image courtesy of Arizona State University Library
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“Time and change” It is the title of a new art exhibition on display from November 11-27 The Noble Library on the Tempe campus showcases creative solutions to problems by students using mapping materials. The exhibition includes original 2D and 3D artwork on topographical and geological maps. An online virtual version of the themed exhibition is available Arizona State University Creative Mapping Library Directory.

“Every year, I am surprised by the originality and diversity of students’ answers and solutions to map assignments,” he said. Ellen Messingerprofessor at School of Arts. “This year, the students were particularly innovative and intentional in their ideas and solutions for the 3D portion of the assignment. They incorporated a variety of working methods, from paper cutting to sculpting and molding techniques.

“Maps are a way to see parts of our world in two dimensions whether it’s a paper map or on our phones,” he said. Karina Wilhelmarchivist at School of human evolution and social change Who helped find the collaboration. “However, in 2021, one student, James Guthrie, took a geological map and used it to build a globe. In a way, he reversed the mapping process by taking two dimensions and making it three-dimensional.

Many of the students participating in the class this year were challenged by the process, but were inspired by how it pushed them to create.

Mia Frierson, a senior majoring in drawing and photography next spring, enjoyed how the challenge gave her a chance to unleash her creativity. “I loved studying why maps were created and how each map depicted its information,” Frierson said. “The way the map is designed creates very interesting patterns or colors to show the viewer information about the area. I have enjoyed using these patterns to create works of art.”

Group photo of the class

2023 Art on Paper Class

Nicole Ponsart, an MFA candidate in ceramics, shared how this experience and conducting research in the Map and Geospatial Hub led to additional exploration and direction for her senior thesis research.

“I was introduced to the Center for Maps and Geospatial Science at ASU’s Hayden Library, where I was fortunate to meet Matthew Turow, who runs the department,” Ponsart said. “He was generous enough to take his time to entertain me and answer my map-related questions, which ultimately helped.” In directing my graduate thesis research in the direction it is currently heading.”

“Some of the things that sparked my curiosity and interest were map collections and map resources on speculative cartography topics, alternative methods of map presentation and software currently used to create geospatial maps and configurations. By utilizing some of the software that was provided to me through the Geospatial Center, I was able Now creating work in a new way that blends seamlessly with my current artistic practice in the field of sculpture.

After collaborating for 10 years, Meisinger and Wilhelm developed a special bond over this project.

“When we started, the ASU Library gave the maps to the art class and then hosted the exhibit,” Wilhelm said. “Over the past 10 years, this collaboration has evolved to include class visits to the ASU Library Map and the Geospatial Center and Industry Space. Not only are students using the maps in their artwork, but they are also learning about library resources that many were not aware of.”

As the creative mapping draws to a close, they are both happy to see how much of an impact the project has had on the students creating works of art.

“The sheer diversity of artworks created over the past decade shows me that there is no single way of looking at our world,” Wilhelm said. “Everyone has their own perception of the world, and this can also change over time.”

“It’s been an amazing 10 years of making art and reusing maps and paper,” Meisinger said. “In the future, we want to continue the collaboration while expanding and shifting our attention to new interdisciplinary projects dealing with art and science.”

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