Decorative Arts SIG meeting, Wednesday, March 27 in Salt Lake City

The Decorative Arts SIG will be meeting at the ARLIS/NA conference in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 27 from 12:30 to 1:20.  Please mark your calendars and join us for our annual meeting where we will share events and accomplishments by members, discuss topics of interest and revisit the progress of ongoing projects.  Some of the matters planned for discussion include:

  • Decorative Arts bibliography as a shared and growing document
  • Updates on the proposed digitization of Crockery and Glass
  • Information sharing within the SIG (blog, Slack, Google Drive, what is the best platform or platforms?)
  • Blog posts—who is interested in contributing?
  • Interest in creating a resource list of libraries with significant holdings in the area of the Decorative Arts
  • Brainstorming ideas for session proposals for 2020 in St. Louis

If you have other topics that you would like to add to the discussion, please let us know.

Also, check out the rest of the Decorative Arts SIG website to see the latest blog post from Elizabeth Broman of Cooper Hewitt, or to access the minutes from last year’s SIG meeting.

Questions?  Contact co-cordinators Beth Hylen, or Beth Goodrich,  We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City!

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.