RLML Crowdsourced Art Program

sm_table.jpgWe know how hard our med students work -  and we wanted to give our students a study break! The librarians recognize the value of the library’s educational resources – but also wanted to use our space to emphasize the importance of work-life balance. We now offer study break projects. Puzzles and canvases are always available on the second floor of the library, in the space that is accessible 24/7.

Students are provided acrylic paint markers and a canvas – with an image of something to be colored – imagine a crowdsourced paint-by-number. Check out the process below. 





A simple study revealed that students generally spend 10-15 minutes painting/coloring, usually late at night.  Students ask that the project continue, and offer future painting ideas. 

This is some of the art that has been created so far in 2015.

Make & Take a small canvas, and give to a favorite professor or mentor, 3”x3”, acrylic, latex, stamp & ink American flag 5”x7” acrylic & latex Fireworks, 5”x7” acrylic & latex Finished products on tiny easels Cardinal 5”x7”, acrylic & latex Abstract triangles, 30”x40” acrylic Day of the Dead Skull College Crests Vigo County Courthouse

Future slated projects: Human skull, human heart, sailboats, school of fish, abstract pieces, Dia de Los Muertos skulls (Day of the Dead/Sugar Skulls)

The crowdsourced art program is a unique program for any school of medicine.  Finished canvases are framed & donated to appropriate IUSM departments.  Have a painting idea?  Want to see if your department can display a certain piece?  Contact the program coordinator, Kacy Allgood, at

975 W. Walnut Street, IB 100 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 274-7182 | Fax: (317) 278-4506