Art Libraries Society of North America | Mountain West Chapter Newsletter




Vol.6, No.1

Chair's Column
West Region Representative Report
New Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer
Chapter Meeting in Atlanta
Atlanta Conference Reports
Winberta Travel Award Winner
Events and News
Denver Art Museum

Chair's Column

I’m pleased to report that this year’s Winberta Yao Travel Award was presented to Meredith Friedman, a graduate student in the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona. Meredith used the award to attend the recent ARLIS/NA conference in Atlanta. Thanks to Allison Colborne and Ree Mobley for reviewing the applications.

The Mountain West chapter was well represented in Atlanta. Jeanne Brown, Jennifer Parker, and Eumie Imm-Stroukoff were among the presenters, Nancy Pistorius coordinated the creation of a wonderful “spa experience” gift basket as our chapter’s contribution to the fundraising raffle, and Tom Riedel gave a presentation at the membership meeting about Denver as the site of the 2008 ARLIS/NA conference. Many of us had the opportunity to attend the meeting of the Conference Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC), where we were able to discuss some of our preliminary plans for the Denver conference. Our chapter members did a great PR job, and by the end of the conference had handed out so many small plastic “Denver” pins that it was hard to find an attendee without one affixed to his or her name tag!

In a more typical year for the Mountain West chapter, I might be writing to encourage your participation in our usual fall regional conference. This year, we’re taking a break from that tradition so that we can concentrate our efforts on plans to welcome ARLIS/NA to Colorado next year.

Although there’s still a great deal left to do before then, things are beginning to fall into place. The dates are set (May 1-5, 2008), a hotel has been selected (Grand Hyatt Denver), and the Conference Co-Chairs (Peggy Keeran and Tom Riedel for Local Arrangements, and Jeanne Brown and Mary Graham for Programs) have been hard at work. Many other chapter members have already volunteered as chairs for various committees, and there’s still room for you if you’d like to help.

The ARLIS/NA CPAC members will be coming to Denver in late July, and many decisions will be finalized during two days of meetings with them. Watch for further updates throughout the year, and feel free to contact me or any of the Conference Co-Chairs if you would like to be involved in the planning of the Denver 2008 conference.

Lisa Blankenship
University of Northern Colorado Libraries


West Region Representative Report

West Region Representative Report
Notes to the Mountain West Chapter

I hope that you are all starting the summer off in great style!

As Deborah Ultan noted in her President’s message sent on the ARLIS/NA listserv, Tuesday, June 12, 2007, the Executive Board has been busy. During the Post-conference Board meeting and through our weekly meetings, we have been reviewing feedback from the Assessment Task Force survey and will begin to implement changes on the Board. I will continue to be your West Regional Representative for the rest of my term, which ends in May 2008 at the Denver conference. I will also serve as the Communications person and continue to liaise with the Publications Committee. And since the Mountain West Chapter is organizing our 2008 conference in Denver, Amy Trendler, currently on the board as the Midwest Regional Representative, will also work as the liaison between CPAC and the Conference Manager.

Please let me know what I can do to help the chapter.  I just finished attending the Special Librarians Association conference, held this year in Denver, June 3-6 at the Colorado Convention Center.  It was fun to be in Denver – I know our ARLIS/NA 2008 conference is going to be really good!

Sue Koskinen
ARLIS/NA West Region Representative


Election of Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer

Contributed by Tom Riedel, 2006 ARLIS/MW Secretary/Treasurer

Twenty-three ballots were cast, and the candidates for Vice-Chair / Chair Elect and Secretary-Treasurer for 2007 were unanimously elected.  Congratulations to Paula Wolfe and Jennifer Parker! 


ARLIS/NA-MW Chapter Meeting at the Atlanta Conference

APRIL 30, 2007 | 10:17 AM | Meeting Minutes

1.  Reports (in print)

  • Secretary/Treasurer Report – Jennifer Parker
    As of April 2007 the ARLIS/NA-Mountain West chapter account balance was $1300.47. We only have 24 paid members or renewals for 2007.  A reminder was sent to the list on 4/19/07. This year’s expenses have included $700.00 for the Winberta Yao Travel Award, $250.00 for the Atlanta party, and $50.00 for ad placed in the Atlanta conference program
  • Winberta Yao Travel Award Report — Allison Colborne
    (Please see article later in the newsletter)
  • Newsletter
    Ellie Vaughter, the Mountain Ledger editor, reports that as always, she welcomes suggestions from members about ways to improve the newsletter. She would like input about a reasonable deadline for conference reports for the next issue, and would also like to know what she should publish regarding the 2008 Denver conference.

Atlanta conference sessions for which reports will be written include:

    • Session VI:  Architecture of the Old South – Nancy Pistorius
    • Session IX:  Ten Years After – Lisa Blankenship
    • Session X:  Power to the People – Lisa Blankenship

Meredith Friedman will also contribute a conference report as the travel award recipient. Ellie would like a few more session or tour reports, if possible.

If there are new members, please let Ellie know so that she can include brief biographies in an upcoming issue.

2.  Winberta Yao Travel Award Application

Meredith Friedman was present at the conference and at the meeting.  Discussion will be held via email regarding the issue of whether or not the applicant must have a MLS or be enrolled in a MLS program.
3.  Vacant Committee Positions – Membership, Travel Award, State Coordinators
The majority of this discussion will be done over email due to the abbreviated meeting.  Issues discussed are summarized:
  • Allison Colborne will be taking a sabbatical and will no longer be available to participate on the Travel Award Committee
  • Volunteers will be solicited by email
  • Membership chair and state coordinators will be left vacant until after the 2008 annual conference in Denver
4.  Chapter Member Survey
Will now be archived.
5.  Western Regional Representative Report (Susan Koskinen)
  • This is a year of transition for ARLIS/NA
  • The assessment report is currently being reviewed by the board, there are no instant decisions, the members will vote on any permanent changes
  • The handbook will probably be moved to the ‘Members Only’ section and be available through Member Clicks
  • Email Susan if you have any questions
6.  Denver 2008 Conference Website (Chris Ramsey)
Chris will add volunteer opportunities for members and link to the conference site.
7.  Affiliation Issues
  • Our chapter doesn't need to worry about liability insurance for our next event since it will be the Denver 2008 ARLIS/NA conference rather than a chapter conference, and the ARLIS/NA insurance will be sufficient. We will need to consider the issue of liability insurance at a later time, however.
  • Issues regarding membership categories will be discussed by email at a later date.

Meeting adjourned at 10:25 AM
Submitted by Jennifer Parker,


Atlanta Conference Reports
Power to the People: Social Tagging and Controlled Vocabularies, Session X
Contributed by Lisa Blankenship

Moderator Sherman Clarke, Head of Original Cataloging for New York University Libraries, opened this session by noting that our controlled vocabularies such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings have traditionally helped users find materials in predictable ways. Now our library patrons are able to get a wide variety of resources from far outside our library walls, and we need to help them find these things.

With the arrival of social computing, not only can we all become writers through the use of blogging software, we can also all become catalogers through the use of tagging. There is an appropriate role for both controlled vocabulary and social tagging in libraries.


The first presenter was Lauren Cornell, the director of Rhizome (, a nonprofit organization focused on digital technology, which started as a mailing list for artists 10 years ago. Rhizome has integrated social tagging into ArtBase, their online archive of new media art.

Rhizome maintains a list of subject terms (formulated when ArtBase was founded in 1999), and makes these terms available for artists upon submission of their works to ArtBase. Artists are also allowed to add their own terms (tagging). In addition to the fact that controlled vocabularies are expensive to create, maintain, and enforce, it seemed relevant to Rhizome’s goals to allow artists to describe their own work. It also allows users to provide vocabulary for new media. When new terms become popular, they may become part of Rhizome’s controlled vocabulary. Tag clouds, a visual representation of the popularity of various keyword terms through the use of font-size to indicate popularity of a particular tag, can be seen on the Rhizome web site.

Possibilities for Social Tagging in a VR Collection

The second presenter was Jenn Riley, Metadata Librarian in the Digital Library Program at Indiana University, speaking about social tagging in a visual resources collection. Experiments with user subject term contributions to the DIDO VR collection began in 2006. They are currently in a decision-making process for an anticipated major overhaul to the system that will include methods for user participation.

The purposes of tags, as described by a study of tags (Golder and Huberman) include identifying what or who an item is about, what it is, who owns it, refining categories, identifying qualities or characteristics, self reference, and task organizing. Beyond just adding tags, users can contribute in such ways as identification, adding factual or subjective information, and contributing ratings and review. Decisions to make for implementing user-contributed tags include questions of who, what, incentive, and control.

  • Who: Libraries have already expanded in this area by using copy cataloging and vendor records. In some cases, our users may know more about some resources than we do. Options include letting anyone contribute, requiring registration to contribute, or only allowing specific designated users to contribute.
  • What: Options include allowing unstructured tags kept separate from cataloger metadata, allowing the correction of errors, and allowing contributions for certain metadata elements.
  • Incentive: Tagging is work, and users must have a reason to perform it. If we want them to contribute, we must move into their space rather than expecting them to use our existing workflows. Options include money, the chance to manage personal resources, recognition, and a chance to contribute to the greater good.
  • Control: Even library-created metadata is not consistent and error-free. We need to question whether it is more important for metadata creators to know more about structural rules than about content. Options include allowing user contributions to appear immediately (either with no editorial mechanism or with editorial oversight after the fact), a simple approval mechanism, or accepting user contributions as suggestions to be verified by experts. Some control can be placed on contributions through offering pick lists, providing spell check, or using behind-the-scenes authority files.

Good interfaces are important, and ultimately we should use the best ideas for user participation and adapt them for our library environments.


The final presenter was Ross Singer, an application developer at Georgia Tech, speaking about a project to create a redefined catalog that uses a social software approach. He noted that a typical catalog is an inventory of acquired resources that were selected within the constraints of collection development policies, budget, and subject librarian preferences. The public interface doesn’t have to be solely this type of 1:1 inventory.

The Communicat was created through the desire to capture individual interests and associations between objects, and to provide access to scholarly content aggregated into clusters or groups (by project, class, etc.) The greatest value is in the relationships and contexts between the objects, rather than the object metadata.

GaTher is the tool they built to compile items such as catalog records, web pages, citations, ILL items, EAD finding aids, and more, and to create associations between them. The idea is to allow users to gather resources from a variety of sources and aggregate them however they want, using a social bookmaking interface. Items are assigned as “core” (juried resources deemed important to research), “community” (items added by Georgia Tech groups), and “world’ (items added by people outside of Georgia Tech).

Their idea of a redefined catalog is an aggregation of resources useful to a community, including resources and relationships tailored to the individual. Inventory is still important, but for a different purpose.

(Note: the program originally called for a presentation about Steve, the art museum social tagging project at Although the presentation wasn’t given, we had a quick look at this collaborative project for user-generated descriptions of works of art to improve access to museum collections.)

Achitecture of the Old South: Low Country, Back Country and the Vernacular. Session VI.
Contributed by Nancy Pistorius

Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos, moderator & first speaker, opened the session with introductory remarks about diversity and resurgence of the Old South and researching the history of its architecture and artifacts. Part of the research includes studying the cultural focus of the area and its impact on the decorative arts and architecture. Much of the area was settled by those of Scottish or Irish heritage rather than by the British whose impact was largely in coastal areas of the North East. Part of “civilizing” the area was the introduction of slavery which enabled the construction of schools, churches, roads, and other improvements for the future of the area.

The speaker’s presentation entitled “A Bed, a Chest, and a Chair: Researching Material Culture in the North Carolina Back Country” resulted from researching personal artifacts from the Back Country. One must approach researching of the North Carolina Back Country through a non-traditional means. Research includes examining the diverse ethnic groups and cultures, which settled the area and the commercial and economic growth in the 18th Century.

The North Carolina Back Country is also known as the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Within this diverse legacy are two major resources for research on the region.

  • The first provided over two centuries of scholarship, the collections of the College of William and Mary. These collections contained insights on migration into the Back Country, the life and material culture of the Back Country, and women artisans in the 18th century.
  • The second resource was the Museum of Early South Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Old Salem, NC. Salem was a commercial center in the 18th century and a crossroads for influences from the Northern states. Research identified that migration and change were major factors in the culture of the back country. The impact on local craftsmanship was that the results were copies of sophisticated furniture in larger cities to the north.

Elizabeth M. Gushee’s presentation was “Travels through Old South: Frances Benjamin Johnston and Vernacular of Architecture of Virginia.”

Frances Benjamin Johnston (FBJ), born 1864, died 1954, conducted photographic surveys on the vernacular architecture of the South and was often funded by the Carnegie Foundation.  Johnston received her first camera in the 1890’s and quickly developed a presence in the age of photographic journalism. With the opportunities for women to become independent from the home, her assignments and adventures afforded options to travel extensively throughout the Southeastern United States. A brief chronology of her achievements:

  • 1913-26: Architecture and garden photographs in America— these were lantern slides which she used in lectures.
  • 1927-52: Chose visually documenting the architecture of America’s Old South as a major goal.
  • 1930: Architectural photographs from a study during this year were donated to the Library of Congress and provided the core of its Print and Photography Division.
  • 1932: Friends of FBJ (Frances Benjamin Johnston)  encouraged the Carnegie Foundation to fund her project  of documenting historic architecture.
  • 1933-35: FBJ received her 3rd Carnegie funding to conduct a photo survey of the architecture of Virginia. These photographs documented the everyday architecture of Virginia’s colonial era and included houses, taverns, inns, farms, etc. The result of the survey was over 3000 images, which were ultimately donated to the University of Virginia and are currently being digitized.
  • 1936: Began photo survey work in North Carolina.

Prior to Johnston’s surveys, no prior record existed on most of the structures she photographed. She researched her works by reading all available material on the structures she had photographed. Additionally, she studied land grants, survey reports and old maps. She traveled numerous unknown roads in all kinds of weather. Ultimately, she provided extensive documentation regarding locations of structures and occasionally to guides in a region.

Through the 1940’s, Johnston was funded through Carnegie grants for the purpose of photographing the “Old South.” She was documenting rapidly vanishing architecture of the old dominion. Results of her work provided visual documentation of buildings as well as interior and exterior details of colonial woodworking. This documentation proved useful to individuals and companies wanting to craft reproductions. Over 8000 negatives of eight southern states were the end result and today they reside in the Library of Congress. Johnston left valuable annotations on her images with multiple notes of conditions & family information on the structures.

The focus of Louis P. Nelson’s presentation, “Anglican Church Architecture and the Social Order in the Early South” was the way vernacular architecture shapes human experience. Supporting research involved studying regional identity, human experiences, and activities of the everyday life in Charleston, South Carolina. The Anglican political authority was heavily influenced by previous British settlers. This resulted in the reserving of “great pews” within a church to be reserved for the parish elite, i.e., governor, mayor, church leaders, etc. In the 18th century this elevation of one person over another was eliminated. However, there was still a desire by some to have special pews. The result was a “subscription” or ownership of pews achieved through bids. Early subscribers were plantation owners, public figures, and wealthy businessmen who sat in pews near government officials in “the heart” of the church or adjacent to the center, cross-section aisle. The result is a way of viewing social politics as revealed in church records. Three hundred-fifty pounds was the typical price for the best pews that were at the center or the “crossing” of the church aisles.

The next level of bids was for pews further away from the center and often along the walls and under the galleries. These were typically highly skilled laborers, i.e., tailors, carpenters, mid-wives, and others who worked with their hands. There was a distinct difference in economics between the professional and the working classes. The galleries on the second floor were chosen by artisans although often paying the same as the highly skilled laborers in the floor pews.

In most cases, ownership of the pews became a family network established by passing pews down through the family. Prominent names of city officials and others were passed along through the centuries and became a part of each family’s heritage.

Poor white people competed with slaves for seating in aisles or on the floor. Since the pews were property and required “subscription”.  Eventually, slaves were moved to benches in the belfry and poor whites where allowed to bring chairs for seating in the aisles. Seating in churches for political and economic reasons provides insights on the social experience in early South Carolina.

Robert Leath presented “One Hundred and Fifty Years of Southern Architectural History in Forty-Five Minutes: MESDA’s Period Rooms.”

MESDA, the Museum of Early South Decorative Arts, documents the decorative arts and objects of every day life made and used in the Old South, Back Country, and Low Country. The collections include furniture, ceramics, silver, textiles, etc., of daily life in the early South.  Images of early structures, which were falling down or endangered in early 20th century, are also a part of the collection.

While MESDA is a collection of period rooms that include both original ornamental elements as well as reconstructed elements, it is also a research facility, a collection center, and a site for the study of early material culture.  Its intent is to provide a remarkable documentary collection dedicated to the history and preservation of the related cultures of the early Southern architectural and decorative arts history.

ARLIS/NA MENTORING PROGRAM WORKSHOP: A  Workshop for Mentors & Mentees
Contributed by Meredith Friedman

Prior to my attendance at the ARLIS/NA Atlanta Conference, I registered to participate in the Year-Long Mentoring Program.  The program is in its second year, and was organized by V. Heidi Hass of the Morgan Library & Museum and Tony White of Pratt Institute.  Before the conference, I was asked to fill out an application that would match my goals and interests, available time commitment, and geographic location with a potential mentor.  All participants were also asked to read the Mentorship Task Force report, published in Art Documentation, Fall 2005
(link: ) The report gave information on the dos and don’ts of mentor/mentee relationships, and background on the project.

The 4-hour session on Thursday, April 26, was a mix of lecture and presentation, 15-20 minute group sessions, and partner time with our mentors. Each of us was given a packet of guidelines about the role of a mentor and the role of a mentored and potential situations and topics one might discuss with a mentor (ethical dilemmas, career management, professional development, etc.).  We also discussed reasons for the breakdown of mentor relationships (in the history of this program the most prominent issue seems to have been a tapering off and eventual cessation of contact between the mentor and the mentored).

We were asked to establish goals for the mentor relationship and a consistent method and time of contact (in my case, education, professional development, and career advice as I am still in school, and regular emails on the 15th of every month with more frequent contact as the occasion might warrant).  The program is still in a development phase, but this year I believe there were about 15 people involved in the program, which already shows growth from the first year.

I would encourage Mountain West Members to become involved in this program if they are able.  The Denver conference will likely attract a number of local students from schools in the west, who would benefit greatly from the collective wisdom of our Mountain West members.  I realize everyone has other responsibilities within ARLIS/NA, other organizations, and their personal lives, but depending on the needs of your “mentee”** the commitment could be as little as one 15 minute email every month.

If anyone would like more details about the mentor program, you may contact me at, or feel free to contact the program co-chairs: Heidi ( and Tony (

**Wordsmiths fear that “mentee” will become the word people use, but they prefer other words to describe one who is mentored, such as protégé.  (editor)


Winberta Yao Travel Award Winner
Contributed by Allison Colborne

The ARLIS/NA-MW Chapter is pleased to announce that Meredith Friedman is the recipient of the 2007 Winberta Yao Travel Award, which will help support her travel to and attendance at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference.  Since enrolling in the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) program at the University of Arizona, she attended the Summer Institute in Florence, Italy through the Pratt Institute and has been awarded the Ansel Adams Internship at the Center For Creative Photography of U. of A. 

The Winberta Yao Award is providing Meredith her first opportunity to attend an ARLIS/NA national conference.

Winberta Yao was a co-founder and the first president of ARLIS/AZ (Arizona), established in 1975. She worked at Arizona State University from 1975-1997.

Allison Colborne
Chair, Winberta Yao Travel Award Committee
ARLIS/NA-MW (Mountain West) Chapter

Ree Mobley
Member, Winberta Yao Travel Award Committee

ARLIS/NA-MW (Mountain West) Chapter


Meet Meredith Friedman

Meredith Friedman is currently a student at the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources & Library Science (SIRLS).  She holds a BA in Photography from Loyola College in Maryland and will graduate from SIRLS with her MA degree in August of 2007. Meredith was the Ansel Adams Intern for the 2006-2007 school year for the Center for Creative Photography’s— an award that placed her as an archives assistant at the Center in addition to a full-tuition scholarship.  In September of 2007 she will begin a 2-year MA program in Photographic Preservation & Collections Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, offered in conjunction with the George Eastman House.

Meredith has been a member of ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/NA-MW since 2005.

Contributed by Meredith Friedman

As a graduate student interested in art librarianship, it had been difficult to find professional development opportunities or even coursework that applies to visual resource librarianship.  Paula Wolfe, Art & Architecture Librarian at the University of Arizona, has been a great mentor during my time at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the U of A; on one of our first meetings she introduced me to ARLIS/NA, explaining it was the best organization for me to join, based on my interests and career goals.  I soon joined ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/NA-MW, but was not able to actively participate in either group due to geographic and financial restraints.  I found both listservs give informative insights into the working world of art librarians and visual resource professionals.  I also hoped future conferences and workshops would be held in a closer location.

In the fall of 2006 ARLIS/NA-MW held their chapter meeting in Tucson, which was quite lucky for local students like me, who were able to attend most of the events and meet other professionals in the southwest.  Attending the chapter meeting was such a successful experience for me; I knew I desperately wanted to attend the national conference in Atlanta.  I was fortunate to be chosen for the Winberta Yao Travel Award, and was able to work with the U of A financial aid office to secure additional funding to cover the remaining expenses of the conference.

I was not disappointed.  The theme of the ARLIS/NA conference, At the Crossroads, was appropriate for students beginning new careers in art librarianship, and many conference sessions were applicable for an audience that is not actively employed in the field yet.  I attended a number of informative sessions, as well as enrolling in the year-long mentor program (which I have written about in a separate article).  I had a conference mentor in addition to my new year-long mentor, and met a number of fellow students and Mountain West Chapter members at the First-Time Attendees Orientation.  It was a great opportunity to informally meet with fellow newbies and seasoned veterans to chat about education and careers over plates of fried green tomatoes (an Atlanta specialty!)

After that first evening, the weekend was packed with sessions (Backpack to Briefcase: Life After Library School; Expanding Horizons: Developing and Accessing Diverse Collections; Going Outside, Coming In: Outsourcing, Moonlighting and Consulting; Finding a New Way: Art Museum Libraries of the Future; Not What You Imagined? Challenges, Choices & Realities for the Art Librarian) and group events like the anniversary celebration and reception at the High Museum.  Over the course of the weekend I networked with a number of people in the field and came home with a stack of business cards from people who offered guidance and even information on a few job vacancies! I left Atlanta assured that I had chosen the right focus for my career and inspired by the countless librarians who congratulated me on choosing (what they feel) is the most rewarding job they’ve ever had.

Thank you, again, to the award committee for the opportunity to attend the 35th Annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Atlanta.

Events and News
Contributed by Allison Colborne

Throughout its history, photography has been pressed into service as an invaluable tool supporting science and technology. Many contemporary photographers utilize new technologies such as fiber optics in the creation of their aesthetic imagery or draw on science and technology as the topic of their art-making.

As Associate Professor and Special Collections Librarian, I prepared a presentation on this subject, drawing on materials in the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Library collections as my springboard for exploring this fascinating relationship.

I gave a first-hand look at and commentary on the extensive photographic and print resources housed in the Newhall Library which is housed in the acclaimed Ricardo Legorreta designed Marion Center for the Photographic Arts.  The Library is a special collection of non-circulating materials ranked as one of the top informational resources in the United States for conducting research in the history and the aesthetics of photography.

The core library collections are comprised of the private research libraries of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall and James Enyeart and Roxanne Malone, the James L. Enyeart Archives, several smaller collections from notable photographers, scholars, collectors and interested individuals, and by the sponsorship of Aperture Foundation, Twin Palms Publishers / Twelve Trees Press, Photo Eye Bookstore and members of the Marion Center Circle.

I also discussed some of the preservation challenges and other special library issues that face the collection of primarily visual materials including working with scholars, researchers, and the public at large onsite and at a distance.




The Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Library
The Anne and John Marion Center
for Photographic Arts, College of Santa Fe,
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Contributed by Mari Russell

I am announcing my acceptance of a new position and my move to Lawrence, Kansas.  I have recently accepted the position of Library Director at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.  I begin my job there on January 16, 2007.  It is with regret that I will be leaving IAIA and my job here on January 10, but, I have been away from the Kansas City area for 16 years and it will be nice to be back home.  I have family and lifelong friends both in Kansas City and in Lawrence.

I will continue as a member of ARLIS/NA-Mountain West Chapter and continue my friendships with all of you.  My professional address will be Mari Russell, Library Director, Haskell Indian Nations University, the Academic Support Center, Tommaney Hall, 155 Indian Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66046.  My phone number will be 785-749-8470.  My email address will be  I hope to stay in touch and my wishes for a Happy New Year to each of you.

Mari Russell

Denver Art Museum

Who is Clyfford Still... And why does he matter? Dean Sobel, Director, Clyfford Still Museum will talk about this.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 6 PM
Walnut Foundry, 3002 Walnut Street, Denver 

Denver Art Museum Announces Summer Exhibitions and Events

The Denver Art Museum announced an ambitious lineup of summer exhibitions and events including a temporary exhibition of vintage baseball photographs, a sneak peek at works by Clyfford Still, 17th century master paintings, and events ranging from video game adventures in the galleries to a weekend-long celebration of international art. Additionally, the Denver Art Museum is offering free admission to Colorado kids all summer long and many daily family activities.

  • Capturing America's Game: Photographs of Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig, June 2–September 30, 2007
  • Clyfford Still Unveiled: Selections from the Estate, July 14–September 30, 2007, Organized by the Clyfford Still Museum; presented at the Denver Art Museum
  • Masterpieces on Loan to the Denver Art Museum: Caravaggio, Poussin, Lorrain, August 18, 2007–ongoing
  • Summer Family Fun — Colorado Kids 18 and Younger Enter Free All Summer, June 1-September 2, 2007
  • What in the World? A Free Denver Art Museum Weekend
    July 14-15, 2007

To mark the closing of RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, works by contemporary international artists, the Museum will host a free weekend-long celebration of art from around the world. From 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 14, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, visitors can enjoy an outdoor collaborative art project, interactive activities, and live entertainment. Saturday late-night will be filled with programming throughout the Museum.

Summer Weekends on the Plaza

Martin Plaza is the place to be during weekends this summer! Every Saturday through September, the DAM will host live entertainers on the plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first Saturday of the month is free for all Colorado residents. On Sunday afternoons, stop by the Sweet Tooth Studio for free art making activities or watch artists from Plein Air Artist Colorado demonstrate their techniques.

Summer Hours

The Museum will be open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday noon–5 p.m.

Free First Saturdays

The first Saturday of every month means free general admission to the DAM for Colorado residents. Don’t miss the chance to see thousands of artworks without spending a penny.

Denver Art Museum


The Denver Art Museum is located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock Streets in downtown Denver.


Open Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m., closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


Colorado residents: $10 adults, $8 seniors 65+ and students, $3 youths 6-18, free for children under 6. Admission for non-Colorado residents: $13 for adults, $10 for seniors 65+ and students, $5 youths 6-18, free for children under 6. From June 1-September 2, kids 18 and younger receive free general admission. General Museum admission is free for Colorado residents the first Saturday of each month, thanks to citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Cultural Complex Garage is open; enter from 12th Avenue just west of Broadway or check the DAM website for up-to-date parking information.

For more information: or call 720-865-5000. Adaptive and interpretive services are available with one week's notice by calling 720-865-4502; TTY 720-865-5003. For information in Spanish, call 720-913-0169.


Ellie Vaughter, Platt College, Aurora, Colorado
Chris Ramsey, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

14 June 2007