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Grilled cheese at the center of the newest IUPUI University Library sculpture

installation photo michael helsey

In a playful sculpture of floating cartoon-like images, artist Michael Helsley chooses a favorite comfort food — grilled cheese — to take the edge off his grief, represented by five rocks and a bear. The mobile-style sculpture, installed in the University Library atrium, tells of Helsley’s journey of discovery following a personal time of grief.

Helsley’s sculpture is the newest installation in an annual art competition the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library sponsors for Herron School of Art and Design students. As this year’s winner, Helsley received funding to create the large-scale sculpture. It has been installed in the second-floor atrium in the University Library for display for one year.

Helsley’s art draws in its viewers as the images simultaneously appear and disappear, reflecting the movement of the five stages of grief outlined by Dr. Kubler Ross. Helsley constructed the images from rigid foam sheets, using commercially printed material salvaged from billboards and repainted by hand. The Herron student cast an astronaut as himself, part explorer, part cowboy, among the boulders, a bear and the grilled cheese sandwich as he floats and sometimes falls during his journey of exploration of both the past and the future.

The size and flatness of the images allows them to simultaneously disappear in one location while appearing to a viewer in another location. The act of “revealing” themselves relates directly to the act of discovery, whether it is new or as it relates to memory.

University Library and campus partners jump-start open access publishing at IUPUI

photo david lewis

The University Library and key campus partners have started a fund to support the publication of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis scholarship in peer-reviewed open access journals. A pilot program that encourages diverse participation across schools on the campus will make $47,000 available to IUPUI faculty over the next two years.

The IUPUI Open Access Fund will underwrite reasonable publication charges for articles published in fee-based, peer-reviewed journals that are openly accessible. This fund addresses changes in scholarly communications while increasing the impact of and access to scholarship created by IUPUI faculty. Key campus stakeholders, including the IUPUI University Library, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, IU School of Dentistry and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, are providing the financial backing for the fund.

Administration of the open access fund will be facilitated by University Library on a first-come, first-served basis, provided the proposed journal meets certain requirements. The venue of publication must be an established open access journal, that is, a journal that does not charge readers or their institutions for unfettered access to the peer-reviewed articles that it publishes.

“Open access makes scholarship freely available to everyone in the world rather than restricting it to those with access to libraries with large budgets,” said David Lewis, dean of the University Library and assistant vice president for digital scholarly communications for Indiana University. “For the scholar, it increases the impact of their work, and this in turn increases their standing in the academy.”

As an added service, the IUPUI University Library will place a copy of funded articles in the IUPUIScholarWorks repository. The placement of an article in the repository helps build the collection of IUPUI–authored publications, supports the self-archiving arm of the open access movement, and gives the article an added element of preservation and discoverability.

More information about eligibility and a link to the application process are available on the University Library website.