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New Art for the WRAC Library

Dr. Laura Julier and Dr. Nancy DeJoy discuss how to arrange the artwork. Photo by Kristel Klank

Faculty and students working, studying, or just hanging out in the WRAC library located in Bessey Hall are fortunate enough to enjoy a space that’s now home to the work of a local artist.

When first asked by Professor Nancy DeJoy if she’d be interested in creating something for the space, MSU alumna and Lansing-based artist Kate Cosgrove didn’t hesitate. “As a working artist and graduated Spartan, of course I was interested.  I’m really excited to have some of my work hanging in the school that taught me to be an artist,” Cosgrove said.

Last week, the department installed four original pieces created by Cosgrove, who describes herself as someone who will continue creating art — and messes — until the day she dies. Cosgrove’s pieces entitled The Means, The Focus, The Collaboration, and The Awareness were all inspired by the mission of the department, and by the words, ideas, and culture that help define WRAC.

Photo by Kate Cosgrove

“The results were well worth the wait,” said Kathleen Geissler, chair of WRAC. “The department has been looking to enhance the space for some time. It’s the last step in the library’s renovation, and it’s fantastic that a local artist and alumna was able to create it.”

Cosgrove was named a 2011 Individual Artist Grant Recipient by Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and has exhibited in galleries and online. She has collectors across the United States, Canada, Australia, Colombia, France, England, and Switzerland.

For more information regarding her work, visit www.katecosgrove.com or follow her on Twitter.