University of Southern Indiana

Public Displays

February 2nd - March 2nd, Themes Inspired by the Big Read Selection The Grapes of Wrath, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Central Branch -- Display Cases in the lobby; the individual cases will display:

Soil Conservation: Prompted by the Dust Bowl (Photos of soil erosion, reclamation efforts)

The Great Flood of 1937: (After effects in Posey County, IN)

Making Do: Quilts from the 1930s: (Examples of "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without")

Toy Loan Library: Jobs creation by the Works Progress Administration

Post Modernism Artwork by Ivy Tech Community College Students, inspired by The Grapes of Wrath

Contact: Helen Azarian, Reference Librarian, (812) 428-8200


February 3rd - May 30th, The Grapes of Wrath: The Indiana Experience, The McCutchan Exhibition Space, Wright Administration Building and Forum I, University of Southern Indiana:

The exhibit examines the Indiana experience of living through the time period depicted in The Big Read book selection, The Grapes of Wrath.  Based on the book Back Home Again: Indiana in the Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1935 - 1943 edited by Dr. Robert L. Reid, Academic Vice President Emeritus, USI, this grouping of photographs and artifacts briefly surveys the topics of flood and erosion issues, farm auction events, and resettlement programs.  Also profiled are the photographers hired by the FSA to visit Indiana and document these moments in history.

Contact: Susan Colaricci, Art Collection Registrar, (812) 686-8628


University of Southern Indiana Rice Library

Two display cases flank the entrance to the 2nd floor Grand Reading Room in the Rice Library.  Each display case has a backdrop image from the Library of Congress photo collection.  One case includes color images of book covers for The Grapes of Wrath and other Steinbeck works; information on Steinbeck himself; and information on Big Read Events.

The second case features color images of book covers having to do with the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and the Dust Bowl Documentary by Ken Burns.  The Big Read will be featured in this case as well, along with the events related to it.

A permanent display of the January 1937 Ohio River Flood is on the 3rd floor of the Rice Library, in the hallway outside the University Archives and Special Collections will be available to view.

Contact: Marna Hostetler, (812) 464-1824


Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Visual Communications Program Chair, Joe Hostetler engaged his VISC 113: Typography students in the Big Read project.  Students in his fall 2013 and spring 2014 courses, were instructed to create a poster based on their visual interpretation of the themes in The Grapes of Wrath. The intent of this project was to apply the concepts/thought process of postmodernism (adding meaning, thought, uniqueness, personal perspective) and not simply applying the style (deconstructed, grunge, layered, etc.)  Student displays can be found on the first floor near the Bower Suhrheinrich Art Gallery at Ivy Tech Community College.

Contact: Maureen Barton, Director of Libraries and Online Technologies





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