Golgonooza at MassArt

Intersection by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari

This academic year’s opening exhibit In the Morton R. Godine Library at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is The Whole Art of Language, Julia Ferrari’s & Dan Carr’s Presses at Golgonooza. 

Ferrari and late partner Carr, began making books 34 years ago. Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press designs, composes, prints and with Enitharmon Bindery binds fine handmade books for their publishing wing Trois Fontaines and for the public.

The exhibit which includes books, broadsides, and ephemera is a retrospective look at the work of Ferrari and Carr.

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LCAD Library celebrates centennial of artist Rex Brandt

# 5074 Evening Rendezvous _ Rex BrandtBrandt seated at easel

For the first time, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is exhibiting sketchbooks, correspondence, photos, business records and more from The Rex Brandt Archives in celebration of the acclaimed watercolorist’s 100th birthday. Rex Brandt: Awash With Color opened June 18 and will run through the end of September 2014 in LCAD’s Dennis and Leslie Power Library.

Renown for his watercolor paintings of the Southern California coast, Rexford Elson Brandt (1914-2000) was born in San Diego, grew up in Riverside, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley prior to establishing his home and studio, “Blue Sky,” in Corona del Mar, California. The publication of his paintings of the California aqueduct in Fortune magazine in 1937 launched him to national fame early in his career. For decades, Brant was the quintessential teacher, operating classes out of his studio home, leading painting excursions and writing numerous books on watercolor technique. Brandt served as president of the California Water Color Society in the late 1940s, and along with his contemporaries Phil Dike, Emil Kosa Jr., Barse Miller, Phil Paradise, George Post, Millard Sheets, Robert E. Wood and Milford Zornes, Brandt was known as part of what has been variously called the California School, the White Paper Painters and the California Regionalists.

The exhibition also showcases art and drawings by Brandt’s wife and fellow artist, Joan Irving, as well as artifacts never before displayed to the public, including Brandt’s brushes, portable easel and an unfinished watercolor painting on board. Materials loaned to the exhibition are from the collections of Shelley and Sam Walker, Mimi Hansen, and Mark and Jan Hilbert of The Hilbert Collection. The Rex Brandt Archives were donated to LCAD in 2011 by Joan Scarboro and Shelley Walker, daughters of Brandt and his wife, Joan Irving Brandt.

Known for his landscapes and murals, Brandt was involved in designing the first two studios built for LCAD, then known as the Laguna Beach School of Art. Brandt taught for the College in the early 1960′s and, in 1978, served on its advisory board and its endowment fund campaign.

“The Rex Brandt Archives have not only expanded the range of offerings available through LCAD’s Library for inspiration and research, but also demonstrate the dynamic ways in which the artist’s personal records and correspondence can inspire students when they are incorporated into a class discussion,” Burke said. “Brandt’s legacy and contributions to 20th century art will be studied and preserved for generations to come.”

On Friday, September 12, a special program will take place at the college from 4-6pm to celebrate Rex Brandt¹s actual 100th birth date.

Library tours – how do you do them at your school?

It’s that time of year again. Time for library tours and new student orientation events.
At RISD Library tours take place on a Sunday afternoon as part of the Orientation Office’s campus walking tour. 40 groups of 15 students each are led by orientation leaders through the library’s two floors. Signs posted on easels give highligts of each area.
In total we see about 450 students that day. A sneak peek is available here on our library virtual tour.

Ellen Petraits, Fleet Library at RISD

Columbus College of Art and Design Announces New President

Retired CCAD president Dennison W. Griffith (left) and newly-appointed CCAD president Thomas White (right)

Retired CCAD president Dennison W. Griffith (left) and newly-appointed CCAD president Thomas White (right)

The Columbus College of Art & Design has named Thomas White, an industrial designer and branding expert, as its fourth president, succeeding Denny Griffith who retired on June 30.

White most recently was vice-president of corporate development for Los Angeles-based Co-Optimum Connect, an advertising co-operative that ensures manufacturer’s brand standards are followed in retail advertising. He taught college-level drawing at UCLA and industrial design at Cal State – Northridge before his design firm took off. He also held design and executive roles at Citicorp, Lockheed Martin Corp. and RKS Design.

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Major Work from MECA’s first Textile and Fashion Design Graduate!


Major Work from MECA's first Textile and Fashion Design Graduate!

Rosie Allard, our first graduate from the new Textile and Fashion Design program, made these fabulous coats as part of her thesis project. All fabrics were made by her and are inspired by her Finnish grandmother’s home. During the Senior exhibition her work was given a plum location in the front window of MECA’s Porteous Building. Rosie is the first of many future grads from this progam and we couldn’t be prouder!

“Let’s Have Lunch”… an exhibition of artists’ books

Greetings ADSL Division Members,
Posting about our current exhibition of artists’ books on view through July 11th.
If you are in the Atlanta metro area please stop by.
-Teresa Burk, Head Librarian ACA Library SCAD Atlanta

‘Let’s Have Lunch:’ Selections from the ACA Library Artist’s Book Collection at SCAD Atlanta
This exhibition focuses on the striking re-occurrence of food as subject matter featured in artists’ books throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Now through July 11
Gallery 1600, Atlanta, Georgia



Greetings fellow Art and Design School Division members! We’d like to introduce ourselves, Christine Mannix- Vice Moderator and Kimberly Lesley- Moderator.


I’ve been the Public Services Librarian at the Columbus College of Art & Design for four years now. Since we’re a small library, I do a little bit of everything, like library instruction, circulation, reference, and ILL, but my favorite work involves being the Grand Poobah of Special Collections. My B.A. is in history of art from The Ohio State University where I wrote my honors thesis on self-taught artist, William L. Hawkins. When I’m not at work I’m often at my kitchen table making collages, prints, narrative quilts, and artists’ books.  Basically, if I don’t make art, I start to gnaw off my arm.


Signorina Maria Spelterina in her high rope performance. 1876-1920. From the Boston Public Library Stereographs Collection. Accessed via Flickr.


I am the Access Services Librarian at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where I offer research instruction, provide reference services, supervise circulation as well as organize and participate in outreach. I’ve been in this position going on two years, and I particularly enjoy working with the students here. I earned my B.F.A. in photography (film, anyone?) from Herron School of Art & Design, Indiana University. When I’m not digging around in my garden with my helper cat, or hanging upside down at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, I’m headed somewhere on my bike.

Thanks for reading!