Dec Arts SIG Presents Session on Contemporary Glass in Seattle

The Dec Arts SIG, in collaboration with the ARLIS/NA Reference & Information Services Section (RISS), is excited to sponsor the following session at the forthcoming ARLIS/NA + VRA 2016 joint conference in Seattle:

Contemporary Glass: Seattle and Beyond
This panel brings together an archivist, a librarian, a curator, an educator and an artist, each working with some aspect of contemporary glass and glassmaking. Perry Price, Director of Education at the American Craft Council, will discuss the history of studio glass, recounting how glassmaking moved out of a factory setting and into the artist’s studio. Price will also talk about the current state of art criticism for glass and other crafts. Ken Clark, archivist for artist Dale Chihuly, will speak on his experience working for a living artist. Clark will also discuss how he uses information in unique ways as part of Chihuly’s team. Beth Hylen, Reference Librarian at the Corning Museum of Glass’ Rakow Research Library will discuss resources available for glass and decorative arts researchers. Jim Baker, Executive Director of the Pilchuck Glass School will address the challenges of glass art and craft education, and how a school like Pilchuck differs from a university or design school. Walter Lieberman, a glass artist and longtime lecturer at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, will discuss “Growing up Seattle: A brief history of the Northwest glass scene.”

Following the presentations, the audience will be invited to participate in a moderated Q&A. Attendees will leave with a broader understanding of the field of glass and a list of insights and resources to share with their own users.

For more information, check out the event page on the ARLIS/NA Conference SCHED.


Welcome & Thank You

Welcome to the ARLIS/NA Decorative Arts Special Interest Group (SIG) Website/Blog! This is a long overdue effort to share information and resources from members of our group, as well as continue the enthusiasm ARLIS/NA members like you have for this special area of arts librarianship.

After a brief hiatus, the Dec Arts SIG was revitalized at the 2013 ARLIS/NA Pasadena conference to address the unique challenges of working within this subset of the arts.  The group is primarily composed of members from academic, museum and special libraries concerned with cultivating shared resources for managing decorative arts collections, as well as developing professional skills to best serve students, faculty, researchers and curators.

As coordinator of this group, it is my goal to use this site to publicize resources, news and events happening in the field of decorative arts, craft and design. Of course, I can’t do this alone. I need your help in doing the following:

1) Sharing news from your own institution or from the field at large on the Dec Arts SIG Blog. This could be as simple as sharing a link to an article, exhibition, or workshop online.

2) Identifying links to post on our resources page

3) Attending the Dec Arts SIG meeting at the upcoming ARLIS/NA conference in Seattle to discuss group initiatives and potential session topics for future conferences.

I appreciate the support many of you have shown for the Dec Arts SIG over the past few years, and look forward to connecting with you in 2016!

Jessica Shaykett
Dec Arts SIG Coordinator