Please save the date – The KSU/SLIS Alumni & Friends Council is planning a reception at the Akron Art Museum on Thursday, June 6th for SLIS students, SLIS alumni and the local library community in conjunction with The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats exhibition. Details to follow soon!
The Toledo Museum of Art has just opened Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art. This is the first exhibition of Aboriginal Australian art to be held in the Midwest in 25 years, it is not to be missed! The show is beautiful.
To make your trip to Toledo even more exciting, starting on May 24, you can also visit the Toledo Zoo to check out Wild Walkabout: Wonders from Down Under including the Zoo’s newest member, a 17 foot saltwater crocodile.
So, start planning your trip to both Toledo and Australia this summer!
Line Color Illusion: Julian Stanczak
April 13, 2013 – November 3, 2013
Line Color Illusion: 40 Years of Julian Stanczak showcases paintings and prints collected by the Akron Art Museum since 1970. The exhibition documents both Julian Stanczak’s impressive career as a master of color and the museum’s longstanding commitment to his work.
A longtime resident of Northeastern Ohio and retired Cleveland Institute of Art professor, Julian Stanczak earned international recognition as a pioneer of “Op Art,” a style based on optical illusion, following his first New York exhibition at Martha Jackson Gallery in 1964. Soon after, Stanczak’s work–which he characterizes as perceptual abstraction—was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark exhibition The Responsive Eye. Stanczak has continued to draw upon his deep understanding of color theory to explore how colors interact and are perceived. While his signature motifs have evolved, his paintings and prints over the years are characterized by lines and colors that set up vibrations and create pulsating patterns.
The Akron Art Museum hosted one of the first public museum exhibitions of Julian Stanczak’s work and acquired the painting Dual Glare in 1970. Since that time the museum has augmented its collection with paintings and screen prints representing the variety of materials, techniques and formal elements that Stanczak continues to explore.
This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by a gift from the Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust, Key Bank, Trustee.
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats
March 16, 2013 – June 30, 2013
“The Snowy Day marks a breakthrough in children’s literature because it features the first African-American protagonist in a full-color children’s picture book. Its importance can hardly be overstated; it inspired generations of readers and paved the way for multiracial representation in American children’s literature.
It also was among the first to bring a touch of realism to children’s books. The gritty urban settings of Keats’ stories revealed a landscape rarely seen in children’s books. It was a landscape Keats filled with mystery and stark beauty, and it has ever since enchanted legions of children.
The show features more than 80 original works, from preliminary sketches to final paintings and collages for the artist’s most popular books. Examples of his lesser-known works are also shown, those inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry, as well as documentary material and photographs.”
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats is the first major exhibition in the U.S. to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983), whose beloved children’s books include Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, and The Snowy Day, published in 1962. The first modern full-color picture book to feature an African-American protagonist, The Snowy Day inspired generations of readers. The exhibition features over 80 original works by the artist, from preliminary sketches to final paintings and collages, including examples of Keats’s most introspective but less-known output inspired by Asian art and poetry. A space in the galleries will be transformed into a reading room inspired by Keats’s art and stories for visitors of all ages/
The Red Wheelbarrow: A Student/Faculty Reading Series
Wednesday, April 17, 6:30pm
Sponsored by Botticelli Magazine, The English and Philosophy Department, and The Liberal Arts Division
Readers: Sophia Kartsonis, Caroll Kern, Tayler Beck, and Alicia Kleman
In mid-February I attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting. The theme of the five-day meeting was The Beauty and Benefits of Science. This theme supports the movement from STEM education to STEAM, adding Art to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Many of the panels focused on the use of visualizations and creative practices in the lab.
I attended the meeting with the Denison University Natural Sciences librarian, Moriana Garcia. At the AAAS science librarians’ session, Moriana and I presented The Library as Bridge Between Science and Art. We introduced the history of the disciplines in relationship to C.P. Snow’s The Two Cultures and addressed the latest news about the STEAM initiative. We also discussed contemporary studies on creativity in the research process. From here we demonstrated examples of interdisciplinary activities at Dension’s library, mentioning collection development and exhibitions. We finished by framing the trend for makerspaces in libraries as part of the STEAM campaign, teaching creativity and inviting serendipitous discovery in the library. Check out our Science and Art subject guide for more information.
The Research Awards Committee of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is currently accepting applications for three research and publication awards given for both finished and in-process work on art librarianship: