THE FACE OF TEXAS: Photographs by MICHAEL O’BRIEN

The Face of Texas Exhibition Catalog CoverThe Wittliff Collections are celebrating the photography exhibition THE FACE OF TEXAS: Photographs by MICHAEL O’BRIEN
2:00 p.m., SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015
Reception | Artist Talk | Book Signing with Michael and Elizabeth O’Brien

ADMISSION IS FREE
Attendees are asked to RSVP to the Wittliff Collections for further information.

Refreshments will be served by the Root Cellar.
The Face of Texas book will be available for purchase at the event.

AT THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS
Alkek Library, Seventh Floor, Texas State University, 512.245.2313

THE FACE OF TEXAS: Photographs by Michael O’Brien will be on view until May 15.

ABOUT THE FACE OF TEXAS
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University present The Face of Texas, their first solo exhibition of work by one of America’s premier portrait photographers, Michael O’Brien. From his latest book by the University of Texas Press, O’Brien’s portraits celebrate the individuality and independent spirit of Texans—from the rich and famous to ordinary folks—who’ve made their mark on the Lone Star State. All 48 photographs are from the Wittliff’s permanent collection, and each is accompanied by a narrative written by former Life reporter Elizabeth O’Brien. This winning combination of portraits and stories about a fascinating, eclectic mix of Texans is a fitting homage to our unique state. The Face of Texas is on view now and runs through May 15, 2015.

New Tool to Manage & Share Your Image Collections!

sharedShelffeatureDo you have a collection of images that you wish were digitized, online, and shareable with others at Texas State University or the world?
We want to hear from you!

The library has invested in Artstor Shared Shelf, an image-hosting platform which enables us to centralize and publish media collections for research, teaching, or for the Web. Images added to Shared Shelf will be discoverable by our university community through searching the Artstor Digital Library. Collections can also be made public and found via Google as well as Shared Shelf Commons.

Faculty from all disciplines are increasingly using Shared Shelf to increase the visibility of image collections that have often remained hidden in faculty and department offices. Examples of collections include biodiversity images, historical maps, ethnographic photographs, drawings of historical costumes, images of posters, paintings, and sculpture, and more.

Want to learn more about Shared Shelf? You can watch The Benefits of Shared Shelf for Faculty video, attend a workshop (RSVP), or check out these other resources below:

If you’d like to discuss a potential project, please email Ray Uzwyshyn, Director of Collections & Digital Services (ruzwyshyn@txstate.edu). 

Finding Images Workshop 9/26/14 @ 2PM – Alkek 101

The Merry Family, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1668

The Merry Family, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1668, oil on canvas, h 110.5cm × w 141cm. From the Rijksmuseum: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en

Need to find good quality images for your presentations or papers? Come to the Finding Images workshop to learn how use the library’s image databases, books, and public domain/open access image websites to find high quality images in all different subject areas including art, advertising, journalism, popular culture and more. Presentation tips, copyright, and tech tools will be also briefly be covered. 9/26/14 @ 2PM in Alkek 101. Register here.

3rd Annual Alkek Library Staff Art Show now on Display!

Art Show Poster 7 double image backgroundThe 3rd Annual Alkek Library Staff Art Show is now on display from June 2nd to July 31st in the 1st floor exhibit cases in the Alkek Library Building. It includes work from Alkek Library staff as well as other IT department staff in the building.

The show includes paintings, photographs, textiles, prints, ceramics, and more. It is curated by Alkek staff Katie Salzmann, Tara Spies Smith, and Hithia Davis.

Please come enjoy our talents!

New!! Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels Database

comx-series-142We now have access to the Alexander Street Press database Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume I

This is the first ever scholarly, primary-source database focused on comic books and graphic novels. Works of artists both celebrated and overlooked, alongside interviews, criticism, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this artform. The aim ofthis collection is to provide a comprehensive view of alternative comics from the 1960s to today, particularly those from North America.

You can make playlists of different themes and save, share, or present them for classes.

Includes online access to The Comics Journal from 1976-2004, which we also have a print subscription to.

This database was funded by an Alkek Library One-Time Online Resource Grant. I am very excited to announce it to you all! Learn more about One-Time Online Resource Grants available for faculty and librarians to apply for.

Last day to see BLAMMO! Graphic Novel Course and Book Exhibit!

BLAMMO!forBLOGBLAMMO! is an exhibit on the 1st floor of Alkek Library featuring a selection of student work from the Graphic Novel Course, ARTS 43080, and books from the Alkek Library Graphic Novel Collection.

The exhibit is curated in collaboration by Matt Rebholz, Lecturer in the School of Art & Design and Tara Spies Smith, Reference & Instruction Librarian and Art & Design Librarian at Alkek Library.

The exhibit is on display now until February 6th 2014!

Alkek Library Staff Art Show on 1st Floor

2nd Annual Alkek Library Staff Art Show PosterThe 2nd Annual Alkek Library Staff Art Show is now on exhibit in the 1st floor exhibit cases. The show features artworks such as costumes, photographs, pottery, paintings, textiles, and much more from many talented library and IT staff.

The exhibit is on view through July 31st.

We hope you enjoy it!