The Reta E. King Library and Residence Life Association partnered to host Painting in the Library, last Thursday.
The event channeled student creativity to bring student artwork to the basement walls of the library.
About 35 students came to participate in the event and complete artwork for the library.
Sadie Sheppard, 19, Junior of Fargo, North Dakota, and the RA in charge of the event, said the goal was to beautify the library’s dreary basement walls.
About 13 students pre-registered for the event, but the coordinators planned for 20 to 40 participants.
A variety of artwork was created as students from various departments and majors gathered together in room 110 to paint.
Some students drew their inspiration from artwork on Pinterest, and others created totally original pieces.
The event lasted from 2-5 p.m. Sandwiches and drinks were served by Dining Services.
The library provided 22 canvases in three different sizes for students to choose from, and as more students showed up wishing to paint, RLA supplied additional smaller canvases.
Makayla Brown, 19, sophomore of Hershey, said she enjoyed having the opportunity to paint because she used to paint in high school and doesn’t get many chances to do it without signing up for an art class.
The idea for the event was the result of a brainstorm between Christine Fullerton, Public Services Librarian, and Kristol Cummings, Project Coordinator for Teaching and Learning Technologies.
Fullerton said the event served a two-fold purpose, providing artwork for the basement walls and getting students into the library.
Fullerton said they had expected a variety of work ranging in skill but were very impressed with creativity and talent of all the students’ paintings.
The artwork is on display on the library’s basement, and the library staff encourages all students, faculty and staff to visit the library and view it.