Lilly Library Reading Room Bicentennial Murals - CODAworx

Lilly Library Reading Room Bicentennial Murals

Submitted by Diane Dallis

Client: Indiana University

Location: BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $400,000

Project Team


Diane Dallis-Comentale

Indiana University


IU Libraries

IU Libraries


In conjunction with its Bicentennial, Indiana University has been awarded a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to commission and complete a large cycle of aesthetically significant and conceptually cogent murals in the Reading Room of the Lilly Library, located in Bloomington, Indiana. A major and arresting cycle of murals that projects a sense of place where powerful ideas are conveyed through the study of original books and documents will proclaim the Reading Room the heart of the Lilly Library. Indiana University seeks to commission a masterwork worthy of the Lilly Library’s world-class collections.


The Bicentennial cycle of murals will long stand as testament to the artistic and intellectual traditions reflected in the Lilly Library and will be in the custody of a university committed to conservation and with a fierce regard for the educational impact art brings to learning. Thousands of hours each year are spent in this Reading Room by scholars, students, and intellectually curious visitors exploring the millions of literary artifacts held in one of the world's great rare books libraries. Once complete, the murals will boldly declare the Lilly Library Reading Room as a treasured destination for all who study and work here.


A juried submission process led by the Wilma E. Kelley Director of the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art, David Brenneman, will seek the most creative and inspirational concept for the mural cycle inspired by the magnificent collections and collectors of the Lilly Library.

Additional Information

Eligibility: Individuals, non-profit organizations, collectives and practicing professional artists with experience in creating large-scale visual art are eligible to submit Expressions of Interest. To be considered the following must be included in the application: • Cover letter of no longer than two pages. Include general information on the artists’ background, experience, and history. Appendices should include links to the artist's website and brief details of any comparable projects completed. • A professional CV. Expressions of interest received via email ( by 11:59 pm on February 21, 2020 will receive full consideration. See: for full description