Monthly Archives: March 2008

Open Life Drawing Sessions


Don Harvey, Adjunct Drawing Professor, reminds us that Life Drawing open sessions will start back up this Sunday, April 6th. The session is open for any student who would like to practice their drawing skills from 7:00-10:00 PM in the North Dome. Cost is only $3/session. The models will probably be better looking than these guys.

The time was picked by students last year, but Prof. Harvey encourages people to email him if they have an idea for a better alternate time.

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Posted by on March 31, 2008 in Allen Museum


Pema Rinzin Tuesday

Pema Rinzin, an Ellen Johnson visiting artist, will be speaking in Classroom I at 4:40 this Tuesday. He is a NYC based artist who specializes in Tibetan Tangka painting, which he studied and then taught in Dharamsala, India. He has shown work internationally in India, Japan, and Germany, among other places. More recently, he was an artist-in-residence at the Rubin Museum of Art. His talk at Oberlin will focus on what being an artist in a cross-cultural context is like. Hope to see you there.

Read up on Tangka art here.

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Posted by on March 31, 2008 in Visiting Artist


Call for Small Works by Manifest Gallery

Manifest, a gallery located in Cincinnati, is looking for work for its annual “Magnitude SEVEN” exhibition, which it has described as “An International Competitive Exhibit of Small Works.” Works may be in any medium, but must be 7″ or less in all dimensions (not including any frame or matting).  The jury for this exhibition is 5-7 advisors who will look at the work and then recommend it to the exhibition curators. You may submit an unlimited amount of original work; each entry is $10. Entries are due by APRIL 25.

Visit for full details.

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Posted by on March 30, 2008 in call for work


Community Day at the Art Museum

Every semester the Allen Memorial Art Museum features Community Day, a day of activities geared toward families and elementary school students. As usual Director of Education Jason Trimmer and student docents will be organizing the events. The press release on the museum’s website reads as follows:

This semester’s Community Day will feature an artist from Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio leading an arts workshop geared especially towards primary school students. Parents, mark your calendars! Community Day is taking place on a day when Oberlin City Schools are off, providing a fun and educational activity for your children.

The featured artist for Community Day, Augusto Bordelois, will be familiar to area residents from his participation in the annual Oberlin Chalk Walk. His workshop, titled ‘Dinosaur Fables,’ is an interactive combination of storytelling and real-time illustration that will keep students laughing and learning from the beginning to end. ‘Dinosaur Fables’ will help to explain the “big picture”; the relationship between human behavior and nature. The stories are an amusing “hook” to reflect on real issues, such as the water cycle, the depletion of natural resources and alternative energy sources.

This semester’s event will also include storytelling times conducted by Oberlin College student docents. Docents will read from a variety of thematic and art-related children’s books, including favorites such as ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon,’ by Crockett Johnson, ‘From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,’ by E.L. Konigsburg, and ‘The Dot,’ by Peter H. Reynolds, among others. The Oberlin College ‘America Reads’ program will also be on hand to distribute free books to all interested participants.

The event begins tomorrow Friday Marchy 21st at 12:00pm and goes until 3:00pm.

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Posted by on March 20, 2008 in Allen Museum


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Need Images? Use ARTstor.

All of us have been in the position of needing images for a paper or presentation and not knowing where to get them. Of course the Art Library is overflowing with books featuring beautiful color images, but at the last minute who has time to pour through shelves of books? Ultimately, some of us result to using Google, but an easier, better solution exists: ARTstor.

According to the website, “ARTstor is a digital library of approximately 750,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.” It is a conglomeration of image collections from museums, individuals, scholars, libraries, and photo archives. The images in these collections are relevant to researchers in any field, even outside of the arts.

The Oberlin Art Library subscribes to ARTstor, so you simply need to type “ARTstor” into OBIS and click “Connect.” Once in ARTstor you can browse by collection, classification, or geography, or search by keyword. Your results will bring you high quality digital images suitable for any academic pursuit.

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Posted by on March 19, 2008 in Uncategorized


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Stressed About Midterms? We Can Help.

As the end of the module nears, we all have midterm exams, papers, or presentations looming ahead of us. However, do not fret! The lovely reference assistants in the Art Library can help guide you in thorough and efficient research. They are available in person in the art library Sunday through Thursday nights between 7:00 and 10:00 pm. They can also be reached through instant messenger (meebo, aim, yahoo, and gchat) at those same times. If you need assistance at any other time, email

If you don’t have specific questions but need a place to start, try Ask Clarence. It is a collection of over 300 web sites, indexes, dictionaries, and other reference tools identified by Oberlin College Art Library staff as the best places to start art research. Just click on the period/culture, medium, and tool type you’re looking for and go.

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Posted by on March 18, 2008 in Uncategorized


Student Research Award in Gender and Women’s Studies

The Phyllis Jones Memorial Award is given in order to recognize and honor completed student work in areas related to women writers, minority women, women in the community, and the integration of personal and professional goals for women.
Entry categories include:
-Written work such as a research paper, a portfolio of creative writing, or an honors thesis.
-A service project that can be described and documented in writing.
-Work in the performing or visual arts which can be documented through writing or performance.

Applications are available at and should be returned to the Gender and Women’s Studies office, Rice 116 and online at:

The application deadline is 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 11th, 2008.

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Posted by on March 18, 2008 in Uncategorized


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Good sites for Nature images from our friends in the science library

Since librarians like to share with one another, Oberlin Science Librarian Alison Ricker recently made the Art Library aware of two great resources for digital images of insects and plants.
Aluka is a resource for international scholarly research about Africa, and one of the research areas is plants. The Pretoria African Plan Slide Gallery, available online at Aluka, has over 3300 images to view.

Odonata Central is another OC but is a great resource for photographs of Odonata, which are damselflies and dragonflies. It has over 280,000 images of these insects available.

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Posted by on March 17, 2008 in Uncategorized


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Can’t find that book for class? It might be in reserve… How course reserve works at the Art Library


At the Art Library, books that are set aside by professors for certain classes may be on “Closed” or “Open” reserve. Open reserve is open for your browsing pleasure next to the circulation desk, and is organized by professor and class. Many of the texts on Open Reserve make up the “recommended reading” lists of courses, and are not specific reading assignments. The Closed Reserve section is behind the circ desk and you need to request for someone who works at the desk to get the book for you (if no one’s there, ring the bell!). Books on Closed Reserve are often for specific reading assignments (ex: a class textbook may be put on Closed Reserve).

Regardless of if a book is on Closed or Open Reserve, you may only check out 2 at a time, for 3 hours at a time. If you check it out past 9 pm, it will be due by 10 am the next day.

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Posted by on March 16, 2008 in library info


Su Friedrich visits Oberlin

This Monday, March 17, award-winning, highly-acclaimed Oberlin alumna Su Friedrich will be introducing and screening three films. The films, all made by Friedrich, are Rules of the Road, Head of a Pin, and Seeing Red. Friedrich graduated from Oberlin majoring in both Art and Art History, and now teaches at Princeton. She is coming to campus as part of the Cinema Studies short course “Su Friedrich: American Indy Filmmaker,” which began last week and finishes up this week. It is very exciting to have her on campus, and if you can make it, you shouldn’t miss this event.

Come see Su and her films 7:30 PM Monday in Hallock Auditorium.

For more info on Su Friedrich, visit her website.

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Posted by on March 16, 2008 in Obie Sighting