Coloring Between the Walls: Using Art to Expand Patron Consciousness, Create Connections, and Provide Beauty

  • Thursday, February 09, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar

Title: Coloring Between the Walls: Using Art to Expand Patron Consciousness, Create Connections, and Provide Beauty

Date: February 9, 2023

Time: 1 pm

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Program Description:

Libraries are filled with physical materials. But what do you do when the materials are worn out or if you have an excess? How can we use them to build relationships in the community?

Karina Wilhelm, manager of the ASU Design and the Arts Library, and Ellen Meissinger, ASU art professor, have collaborated on nine annual student art exhibits at the library. With an emphasis on sustainability, students in Meissinger’s Art on Paper class are given maps withdrawn from the library and then assigned to repurpose the maps using an exhibit theme chosen by the class. The Creative Cartography partnership incorporates visits to the ASU Library’s Map and Geospatial Hub and Makerspace and culminates in an annual exhibit in the library. This partnership provides exhibition opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds, introduces library patrons to new artists, and makes connections between the library and the ASU community. Chele Pacheco, a student in the 2022 Art on Paper class, will join to reflect on her experience utilizing library resources to create art. 


Karina Wilhelm is the manager of user services at the Arizona State University Design and the Arts Library. Previously she worked for twelve years in the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub. Karina earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Geography from ASU and a Master of Information Resources and Library Science degree from the University of Arizona. She recently presented her work on the Creative Cartography collaboration at the IFLA World Library Congress in Dublin, Ireland. Karina is a lifelong learner and is currently pursuing an anthropology degree. 

Ellen Murray Meissinger is a Professor of Drawing and Painting at Arizona State University in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Art. Meissinger is a Barrett Honors Faculty member, Global Futures Laboratory Senior Scholar, and a member of the Applied Environmental Humanities Faculty. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate drawing and painting courses, including the Art on Paper course. Her art combines a meticulous treatment of colorful, reflective, and dynamic forms with complex narratives. Professor Meissinger’s creative works have been exhibited in more than 150 international and national art exhibitions including the Santa Croce Museum, Florence, Italy; and the National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.

Chele Pacheco is an Arizona artist, currently finishing the bachelor’s in fine arts program at Arizona State University. She had the privilege of participating in the fall 2022 Art on Paper course and exhibition. Chele uses her art as a way of unraveling, exploring, and conveying her layered experiences as an artist and human being.

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