The Valley Library Reading Room:

The Joy Collection

Application Deadline: April 21, 2023

Call for Art

The Valley Library Reading Room is hosting a Call to Artists for arts about joy alongside the Joy Book Collection. Some books in this collection are about joy, but there are also many books that were submitted by OSU community members as ones that spark joy for them.

The Reading Room invites you to submit a work of your original art that thematically fits what joy means to you. This Call for Art is open to all OSU former or current students, faculty, staff, and all unaffiliated community members. 

View the previous theme: The Healing Collection.

How to Submit

Check the Registration Page for details to submit art.

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email to drop off your art on:

Friday, April 21, 4:30 – 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 22, 4:30 – 7:30 pm in the Valley Library interior front lobby.

Acceptance Criterion

To be accepted art must be:

  • Able to hang/2D
  • Less than 10 lbs
  • Less than/around 18” x 18”
  • Abide by OSU’s Code of Conduct

*Email questions to: Ella Stout at 

More Information

The Reading Room is a rotating collection of materials located on the main floor of the Valley Library, themes, and books within the collection have been chosen in partnership with students. 

Some books from the Joy Collection include:

  • “The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing In The Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, And Generally Have More Fun” by Gretchen Ruben
  • “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson
  • “All Creatures Great and Small” by James Herriot

There are many more books in this collection, stop by the library during the spring term to view them. 

Feeling intrigued? Check out more calls to artists at The Arts Center.

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