OREM, Utah, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking the culmination of its 75 th anniversary, Utah Valley University (UVU) will unveil for the first time Friday a massive stained glass window project now 12 years in the making called " Roots of Knowledge." The 10-foot high, 200-foot wide 80-pane panorama pays tribute to the finest human achievements in art, architecture, music, law, literature, philosophy, medicine, science and technology. The Roots of Knowledge unveiling bookends a year-long celebration for UVU as its 75 th anniversary year draws to an end. Home to more than 35,000 students, UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university.
Conceived by artist Tom Holdman and UVU President Matthew Holland, Roots of Knowledge combines the work and guidance of 40+ professional artists, 26 UVU scholars and 350+ UVU students. Each window depicts humanity's quest for knowledge since the dawn of time and illustrates major world events and inventions from the Mayan Calendar to the Japanese Noh play to the American Civil Rights Movement. "Roots of Knowledge has been a university-wide project that hundreds of staff and students have contributed to with great enthusiasm and anticipation," said President Holland. "It is not just a beautiful work of art, but also the result of a truly collaborative effort that exemplifies our engaged learning philosophy and that we hope will inspire generations of students to come. We believe the exploration of the evolution of knowledge through this historic medium will provide rich and boundless educational opportunities for students and our entire community for the foreseeable future and well beyond the next 75 years."