Art Libraries Society of North America | Mountain West Chapter Newsletter


Vol.5, No.2


September 2006

Chair's Column

Hello ARLIS/ Mountain West Chapter members,

I hope all of you are planning to attend the ARLIS/MtnWest Chapter Annual Conference in Tucson, Arizona, October 12-15.  It should be an exciting conference and hats off to the Conference Co-Chairs Mary Graham and Lisa Blankenship for all their hard work.  And thanks to those who assisted them, Peggy Keeran and Tom Greives with the Program, Marly Helm and Nancy Chilton with Local Arrangements, Tom Riedel with Registration, and Chris Ramsey for the Conference Website.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

 It will be an action packed conference with lots to consider at the Mountain West Chapter Meeting on Saturday, October 14.  Two priority items on the agenda will be the discussion and voting on the ARLIS/NA Chapter Affiliation Agreement as well as plans for the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Denver 2008. 

In order to quality for the pre-registration conference fee of $60, the deadline is September 22.  After that date, the registration conference fee is $75 for members.  I look forward to seeing you in Tucson in October. 

Mari Russell, ARLIS/MW Chapter Chair

Marilyn Russell, Library Director, Institute of American Indian Arts
505.424.2397 -

Upcoming Chapter Conference in Tucson, 2006

The registration deadline for the ARLIS/Mountain West Conference is September 22, 2006. The conference will be held October 12-15 in Tucson, Arizona.

For information about the program, the hotel, registration, and more, please see the conference web site at

Lodging reservations may be made at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, the location of most of the conference activities. The hotel has agreed to extend the availability of the conference rates until the end of September.


Thanks to the work of my co-chair for the conference planning committee, Mary Graham, and our committee members (Peggy Keeran and
Tom Greives working on the program, and Marly Helm and Nancy Chilton working on local arrangements), plans are in place for a wonderful chapter conference in Tucson on October 12-15, 2006.

Dr. Stacie Widdifield, Professor or Art History at University of Arizona, will offer a keynote address about her research. This presentation, titled "New Research on Monuments in Mexico: Location and Meaning" will be held at the Center for Creative Photography and will be followed by a reception and an opportunity to view some prints from the collection.

Some of the conference programs will focus on issues of interest to us in our daily work as art librarians such as collection development
and instruction, and others will give us an opportunity to learn about local issues and resources, both historical and current.

We’ll have a wonderful opportunity to experience Tucson first-hand on Saturday afternoon and evening, when we have scheduled a walking tour of historic architecture, time to shop or visit a museum, and dinner at what I hear is a great restaurant.

Our chapter business meeting, to be held before lunch on Saturday, is an especially important one. We’ll discuss issues surrounding chapter affiliation with ARLIS/NA, and we’ll also begin making plans for hosting the 2008 ARLIS/NA conference in Denver.

More information about the conference is available at the conference web site ( ), courtesy of Chris Ramsey. The registration deadline is approaching soon, so make your travel plans! We hope to see you there.

Lisa Blankenship
Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair

New Member Bios

(written December 2005)

Though I already feel like an “old hand” in the ARLIS/MW chapter, in reality I joined the chapter just a few months ago.  The Santa Fe Conference was extraordinary!  I met so many great, creative, artistic people and oh, those museums!  My husband and I will be visiting Santa Fe again soon to see some of the museums I didn’t have time for last month!  I am already thinking about Banff/Lake Louise and hoping my husband and I will be able to attend.  I am the Arts & Architecture Bibliographer and a Senior Instructor at the Auraria Library in Denver, serving three institutions of higher education.  Some of you may know Bob Wick, who is the first and only other person to hold this job.  He retired last year and I was appointed earlier this year.  I’ve been a reference and instruction librarian at Auraria since Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 1987.  Before that, I was the librarian and records administrator for Seracuse, Lawler and Partners, a large (over 100 people at one time) architectural firm in Denver. My BA is in History.  I started at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1960s and finished my bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State College of Denver.  My MA in librarianship and information management is from the University of Denver, before it lost (and ultimately regained) its ALA accreditation. 

Though my current job, as I can sense is true for a number of ARLIS members, has a steep learning curve, I am thrilled to be the collection development person for art, architecture, music, photography, and library science at the Auraria Library.  In addition to my professional interests, I have done volunteer work with Colorado Greyhound Adoption (CGA) helping find loving homes for the beautiful “gentle giants” after they retire from their racing careers. 


From Allison ColborneI am excited to share with you that the American Library Association has chosen me as a special guest librariain to attend the 20th Guadalajara International Book Fair the most important publishing event in the Spanish-speaking world which is part of the University of Guadalajara.  The book fair has 26,000 sq meters of exhibition space divided into thematic islands. Its clearly marked walkways allow a natural and comfortable flow for the almost 50,000 daily visitors that come every year, as well as providing a comfortable work environment for the more than 1,500 participating publishing houses.  The fair takes place over the Thanksgiving break in November.  It is an important venue for directly acquiring specialized materials for the Chase Art History Library from banks and other specialized publishers who attend this fair.Information on FIL can be found at:

Allison J. Colborne
Art Librarian & Archives Manager,
Beaumont & Nancy Newhall Library
Chase Art History Library

Events & Interesting Information

From the Bibliographic Center for ResearchCongratulations to Monica Martens and David Selden of the National Indian Law Library (NILL), located in Boulder, Colorado, for receiving the Public Access to Government Information Award from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The NILL, a part of the Native American Rights Fund, has focused on collecting hundreds of tribal codes and constitutions and offering a variety of user-friendly tools to access this difficult-to-findinformation. They do an outstanding job of focusing on the laws of sovereign Indian nations and Alaska Native villages, which number over 560 and are rarely found in libraries across the United States. More information on the NILL can be found at

Rosario Garza,
Assistant Director for Member Services
BCR / 14394 E. Evans Ave. / Aurora CO 80014-1478
303-751-6277 x 113 or 800-397-1552 x113


"There is no other exhibit of this kind in the country. This is a very rare opportunity to see the very best Hungarian artists from the early 20th century” comments guest curator Shanna Shelby. Mrs. Shelby is a curator for private collections and former Registrar of the Museo de las Americas. Accompanying this exhibition will be a full color catalogue with an introduction written by Steven Mansbach, Professor of the History of Twentieth-Century Art and author of “Standing in the Tempest: Painters of the Hungarian Avant-Garde, 1908-1930.”

Treasures Revealed: The Art of Hungary, 1890-1955 - October 6-November 2, 2006Emmanuel Gallery presents "Treasures Revealed: The Art of Hungary, 1890-1955," featuring the work by Hungary’s most famous artists from the late Impressionist to early Modernist period. This rare and exciting exhibition will include over 60 paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and furniture most of which have never been on view in the United States. A free public reception will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 1-5pm. The artists included in the exhibit were part of the foremost intellectual and cultural groups of the time. The selection of works is a fascinating exploration of the most important movements in art history. For example, a group of progressive artists known as The Eight, founded in 1909, introduced the European avant-garde trends of the beginning of the century to the Hungarian art scene including Fauvism, Expressionism, Post-Impressionism and Cubism. Members of this group featured in the show include Dezs? Czigány, Károly Kernstok, Ödön Márffy, and Bertalan Pór.

Thematically, one will see landscape and cityscape scenes of recognizable locations including the Danube River, Paris and famous Budapest parks. These scenic pieces show the great talent of plein air painters Béla Ivanyi Grünwald and Vilmos Perlrott-Csaba, who
was a student of Matisse. There are strong and powerful portraits from the early 1900s that reflect the strict artistic norms of the time while elegant nude drawings reflect a freer style. Other themes investigated include the café, nightlife, and still life in varying stylistic trends of early 20th century. “Treasures Revealed” reflects the foundations of Hungary’s visual culture prior to a devastating revolt. In 1956, Hungary revolted against the Soviet communist regime. Inspired by Poland’s successful uprising, the Hungarian revolt began peacefully with a student march that soon grew to include thousands. After a bitter struggle, Hungary was successful in ousting the Soviets only for a short period after which the people of Hungary were crushed in a surprise invasion. 2006 marks the 50-year anniversary of this historical Hungarian uprising. The gallery will be open on Sunday, October 22 from 1-4 in honor of this anniversary.


The Ninth Annual Great Salt Lake Book FestivalThe Utah Humanities Council presents the 9th annual Great Salt Lake Book Festival, a free event with readings, talks, poetry slams, book signings, a "rare book road show," a silent auction of rare books, storytelling, bookmaking workshops for children, papermaking, letterpress printing, and other activities for the whole family.

Phone: 801-359-9670
Contact: Rebecca Batt

Ellie Vaughter, Platt College, Aurora, Colorado

Online Editor:
Chris Ramsey, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

25 September 2006