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“art+science: Collaborative research at the University of Kansas” exhibition opens Sept. 17

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The University of Kansas Libraries will host an exhibition highlighting the creative practices of art, design and architecture and the contributory role they play in interdisciplinary research, as seen through the Arts-Research-Collaboration (ARC) initiative led by the Spencer Museum of Art.

“art+science: Collaborative research at the University of Kansas” opens Sept. 17 with a reception held in the Watson Library Gallery, featuring a panel discussion, “Collaborative Research with the Art Museum,” by Celka Straughn and Stephen Goddard from the Spencer Museum of Art.

The exhibition showcases the ARC initiative and its current investigation into practice-led research at KU. The exhibition will reveal how the creative practices of art, design and architecture have long played, and continue to play, an instrumental role in interdisciplinary research.

Selected faculty and graduate student research projects will represent the broad scope of interdisciplinary research that can be found at KU and will introduce visitors to the natural area for inquiry—setting the stage for the upcoming international conference on practice-led research at the Spencer Museum of Art in spring of 2015.

The opening of “art+science: Collaborative research at the University of Kansas” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Watson Library Gallery with a cocktail reception, followed by the panel discussion at 6:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; those who plan to attend should RSVP to Rachel Karwas at 785-864-8961 or

“The goal of the KU Libraries Exhibits Program is to promote the creative scholarship of our campus community, to highlight the strength of the libraries’ collections and to work in partnership with cultural venues internal and external to KU,” says Sarah Goodwin Thiel, KU Libraries exhibition program coordinator and head of the libraries’ Center for Community/Affiliate Initiatives and Engagement.

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