Universities are committed to creating and sharing knowledge in different ways, says William Crow. To that point, a university museum has a significant role to play—as do the artistic endeavors of faculty members, which, he argues, are a form of research in their own right.
“The museum is really a platform for thinking about how knowledge gets created in many different ways,” says Crow, a professor of practice in Lehigh’s department of art, architecture and design (AAD), and director of Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG). “It’s really important for Lehigh and the broader community to see these working artists, art historians, designers [and] architects as researchers. They are practitioners, but the process of making and creating and designing and constructing—that’s another way of knowing about the world. Sometimes when we use the word ‘research,’ it doesn’t automatically evoke that.”