New LSC wall features science-art collaboration

The Research Wall, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research, will make its debut Jan. 22 in the Lory Student Center.

This wall, near the LSC Grand Ballroom entrance, will emphasize Colorado State University researchers, projects, awards, events and funders on a rotating basis in photo slideshows and research videos. Vice President for Research Alan Rudolph said it is a priority for his office to feature university-wide representation in the design of the wall and on the four interactive TV monitors.

“We are excited to unveil the Research Wall at the newly remodeled LSC.  It will serve as a great showcase of the outstanding research and artistry talent and accomplishments of our great faculty and students,” Rudolph said.

Each of the four art panels is inspired by a step in the scientific method and in the creative process. Designer John Gravdahl is a graphic design professor at CSU and co-director of the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition. His work has been recognized in many international exhibitions, presentations and publications.

“The basic tenets of art and science run parallel to each other in many ways. This project was a wonderful challenge in its goal to express and utilize that synergy,” Gravdahl said. “I chose to highlight the scientific method with minimal specific imagery as an invitation for viewers to creatively interpret the content of the work in their own ways. As a universal gathering place, the Lory Student Center is an ideal location for such an effort.”

OVPR will host a LSC Research Wall Reveal Party at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, to unveil the new wall and bring researchers, local artists and community members together. This event is free and open to the public. Remarks by Rudolph and Gravdahl begin at 4:45 p.m.