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Creative Cartography

Cartographic exhibits featuring artworks by Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Art students and hosted by the ASU Library.

Behind the Collaboration

Part of the life cycle of a library is the withdrawal of worn out or excess materials. In 2013 the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub decided to withdraw surplus copies of topographic maps. The result was stacks of maps which were offered to other institutions. A few were claimed but the majority were not.

In 2014 the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub offered the remaining maps to the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Art. Fine arts professor Ellen Meissinger jumped at the offer. She brought a cart and loaded it up. She took this as an opportunity to design a project for the students in her Art on Paper class. At the end of the Fall semester, the Map and Geospatial Hub hosted the student exhibition, Memories & Movement.

New groups of students in Professor Meissinger's Art on Paper classes further this collaboration with exhibits each fall.

Exhibit Series

Fall 2023: Time and Change

Time and Change Panel


Fall 2022: Seek and Find

Fall 2022 Seek and Find exhibit

Fall 2021: Search and Discover

Search a

Order and Chaos 2020

Order and Chaos 2020 Exhibition

Fall 2019: Old and New

Old and New Exhibit

Fall 2018: Place and Space

Place and Space Creative Cartography Exhibit, 2018


Fall 2017: Point of View

Point of View Art Exhibit, 2017.


Fall 2016: Through Space and Time

Through Space and Time Art Exhibit, 2016.


Fall 2015: Order & Chaos

Order and Chaos Exhibit


Fall 2014: Memories & Movement

Memories and Movement Art Exhibit, 2014.

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