Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Metaphoric Still Life, Art, and Books Exhibit - Alkek Library - 1st Floor

Still Life with a Gilt Cup or Still Life with a Broken Cup, Heda Willem 
Claesz, 1635, courtesy of the Rijksmuseum- Amsterdam
Metaphoric Still Life, Art, and Books Exhibit

May 6 - June 15, 2015
1st Floor Alkek Library
Texas State University

Curated by Studio Art Professor Kathleen McShane-Bolton and
Art & Design Librarian
Tara Spies Smith

A selection of 2-D Design students’ handmade accordion books inspired by their photographs exploring the metaphors of still lifes, nature morte, vanitas, momento mori, and mortality.

And featuring books about art on these various
themes, books about making books, and
accordion style books from
the library’s collection. Come check it out!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

See New Art & Design or Graphic Novel Titles

http://catalog.library.txstate.edu/record=b2749480~S1*enga
Would you like to see what new art & design or graphic novel titles have been added to the library's collection recently? Want to check all new titles added? You can, by viewing the new titles list for these areas!
You can subscribe to these lists as RSS feeds and get them through your favorite feed reader. Choose which one from the New Titles page.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Crushed Ivory Design Challenge - Call for Entries - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/crushed-ivory-design-poster.pdf
The U.S Fish & Wildlife Service is hosting the Crushed Ivory Design Challenge. Please read more about it, see examples, and read application instructions and deadlines on their site. This is an amazing design challenge with opportunities to bring your creative vision and proposal to fruition while also bringing more attention to the plight of elephants.

The Challenge:
We’re asking for your help to transform this crushed ivory to memorialize the elephants that have died, educate the world about the dangers of buying ivory, and crush illegal ivory trade. Through this pro-bono design challenge, you have the opportunity to create a compelling, thought provoking, informative and impactful display to increase awareness about our fight against illegal wildlife trade.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

San Antonio-based Artist and Photographer Mark Menjivar - Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 5pm in the Gallery Flex Space in JCM, the Art & Design Building at Texas State University.

Mark's work explores diverse subjects through photography, stories, and found objects while emphasizing dialogue and collaboration. Mark recently received his MFA in Art & Social Practice from Portland State University. His work has been shown at venues across the country including The Houston Center for Photography, The San Antonio Museum of Art, The Wignall Museum of Art, The University of Wisconsin-­Milwaukee, Baylor University, The Southwest School of Art and Central Michigan University. Mark's work has also been featured by TED, NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Gastronomica, Orion Magazine, GUP Magazine and dozens more. In addition, his series, You Are What You Eat, won Director's Choice from CENTER and was a Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 project in 2009. In 2011 Mark received an artist grant from The Breckenridge Foundation. More information about Mark's work can be found at http://www.markmenjivar.com/.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Finding Images Workshop 9/26/14 @ 2PM

The Merry Family, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1668
The Merry Family, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1668, oil on canvas, h 110.5cm × w 141cm. From the Rijksmuseum.

Need to find good quality images for your presentations or papers? Come to the Finding Images workshop to learn how use the library’s image databases, books, and public domain/open access image websites to find high quality images in all different subject areas including art, advertising, journalism, popular culture and more. Presentation tips, copyright, and tech tools will be also briefly be covered. 9/26/14 @ 2PM in Alkek 101. Register here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Read A Banned Comic!! Exhibit and Watchmen Movie Screening

Come see the Read a Banned Comic!! exhibit on the 2nd floor of the library. It is to your right on the way to the elevators. There are goodies for the taking as long as I have some to give. They go fast!

We will be showing the Watchmen movie on Monday, September 22nd @ 6PM in the Alkek Teaching Theater (Alkek 250). It is across the breezeway from the library's main entrance.






Monday, September 1, 2014

Alkek Book Covers Exhibit - last day Sept 12th!


Designs and styles from the Texas State University Library collections. Now on display on the 1st floor of Alkek Library until September 12th. 

"Over the years, we have heard complaints about the age of the Alkek Library book collection.   We have grown from a teaching college to an emerging research institution.  To that end, we are working on making sure there is and will always be room for the most current and relevant information available in all disciplines, in print or online.  However, without maintaining some of these older parts of the collection, the history of the collection and of the institution would be lost.  We have original examples of artistic book cover styles and designs because we have retained some these unique titles. 

Interestingly, some of the best examples we have of these classic book cover designs come from the American and German Literature sections of the Alkek collection.  That would not be surprising, considering the area of Texas we are in.  We suspect that from our very beginnings, faculty and perhaps some of the local community, contributed their love, knowledge, and even some of the books themselves, to our collections.  These books date from the 1890s to the 1920s." - Selene Hinojosa, Head Collection Development Librarian at Alkek Library, curated this show and wrote this description.

The exhibit is beautiful! Go check it out!