Archie Collectibles, selections from Nancy Silberkleit’s private Archie Comics memorabilia collection on display at Bird Library

The SU Libraries Learning Commons is is thrilled to be able to showcase an amazing variety of Archie comic memorabilia from the private collection of the Co-CEO of Archie Comics, Nancy Silberkleit.

Thanks for this collaborative effort go to Stephen Singer, Kate Deibel, Natalie LoRusso, and Diane Wiener. Additional thanks to Colleen Theisen of SCRC.

This exhibit is in partnership with the Center on Human Policy, the Burton Blatt Institute’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, the Disability Cultural Center, and the Disability Student Union.

For those interested in comics, Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) <> holds over 200 collections of comic art, including the Bob Montana Cartoons from the newspaper comic strip version of Archie.

The collection will be on display from April 5 – May 15 on the first floor of Bird Library.



In the Biblio Gallery: Afghanistan by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew DeVirgilio

An exhibit by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew DeVirgilio will be on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library.

U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew DeVirgilio is currently a student in the Military Photojournalism program at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. He deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2017, in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel, where he spent five months documenting the defense of an observation post in Pekha Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

U.S. Armed Forces aided Afghan Special Security Forces in protecting the Afghan people against the Militant Islamist group ISIS-Khorosan — also known as ISIS-K — which is the Khorosan province branch of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. While conducting special operations raids, the ASSF removed more than 15 anti-government fighters, destroyed an anti-aircraft weapon, IED-making materials, and enemy propaganda.

The exhibit will be on display from April 11 – May 15, 2019.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website

Exhibit on Haitian writer and artist, Frankétienne in Bird Library, March 25-31

Syracuse University Libraries is pleased to help welcome the Haitian writer and artist,
Frankétienne, to campus. An exhibition of manuscripts and typewriting, first editions, pictures, and posters by or on this important artist and writer will be on display near the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (PGSC) on the first floor of Bird Library from Monday, March 25th through Sunday, March 31st. This display is part of a larger set of campus events, including a talk by the artist on Monday, March 25th beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the PGSC. There will also be an exhibit of his paintings in the Community Folk Art Gallery. See:

Before coming to Syracuse, Frankétienne will be in New York City on March 22nd and 23rd, to launch the English translation of his iconic Haitian Creole novel, Dézafi (1975), just published by the University of Virginia Press ( His visit to Syracuse is from March 24th to 27th along with his translator, Dr. Asselin Charles, a retired professor of Comparative literature and writing.  Charles is best known for his English translation of De l’égalité des races humaines (The Equality of the Human Races).

To learn more about Frankétienne, please see the 2011 New York Times article at


In the Biblio Gallery: Land Art Generator Initiative

This project was part of a landscape architecture design studio at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). Led by Professor Anne Godfrey, a mix of undergraduate and graduate students collaborated to create submissions to the Land Art Generator Initiative Biennial Competition.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) works with the goal of transitioning to a post-carbon economy by providing models of renewable energy infrastructure that add value to public space, inspire, and educate – all while providing power to thousands of homes around the world.

Every two years, LAGI hosts an international design competition seeking a site-specific design that will reflect the nature of energy infrastructures and what they can aspire to be in their built form. The designs are meant to enhance the public space while educating and inspiring the people who interact with them. Thousands of participants from over 60 countries submit projects to LAGI during each competition.

The baseline requirements for the competition are to create a large-scale public art installation that will capture clean energy from nature and convert it to electricity to be transmitted to the grid. For this competition, the site was the St. Kilda Triangle in Melbourne, Australia.

Each project centered around a public art installation that was interactive, exciting, and captured clean energy from the natural systems of the site. By combining multiple technologies to maximize productivity and drawing inspiration from the site itself, the projects showcased systems-thinking, creativity, and innovation.

Among thousands of submissions from all over the world, Solar Orbs and Soundscape were shortlisted in the Top 25 of the competition. All four of these projects can be seen published in Energy Overlays (Hirmer 2018).

Urban Ecology & Design Studio, Spring 2018 | Anne C. Godfrey


Jenna Ergort, Sabrina Hegenbarth-Jüdes, Scott Knaak, Jordan Mueller, Sujay Parab


Jennifer Lauer, Patricia McNeil, Rui Fang, Keenan Gardner


Kaitlin Campbell, Chad Grevelding, Bridget Snover, Kyle Stillwell


Patrick Alexander, Eric Bischof, Ryan Mackerer, Jordan Pulling

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website

In the Biblio Gallery: Dorm

The students of Art Photography, Introduction (APH) 261 present their final exhibition, showcasing their interpretation of their own lived-spaces. The semester was spent exploring foundational concepts of image-making and photography through field trips, meetings with prominent contemporary artists, and critical dialogues.

For this group exhibition, the APH 261 students have explored themes of object-hood, identity, and individuality. They were free and encouraged to investigate these themes, while considering the place, space, experience, fantasy and idea of life in a college dorm.

Photographers featured:

  1. Alice Adams
  2. Luke Anaclerio
  3. Catarina Baumgart De Melo
  4. Lauren Bertelson
  5. Samuel Bloom
  6. Eliana Davidoff
  7. Olivia De Chiara
  8. Ruth Furman
  9. Kathryn Flynn
  10. Max Goodin
  11. Coreynne Henry
  12. Raine Joo
  13. Qirui Ma
  14. Paola Manzano
  15. Jillian Mchugh
  16. Victoria Sampson
  17. Marijke Stivers Pieters-Kwiers

Special thanks to our visiting artists: Khalik Allah, Greg Halpern, Patricia Voulgaris and Nydia Blas.

The exhibit will be on display from December 7- Mid January 2019

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website.

In the Biblio Gallery: Staff Sgt. Michael Battles

An exhibit by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles, an aerial combat photographer, with the U.S. Air Force will be on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library.

Sergeant Battles is currently a student in the Military Photojournalism program at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. Sergeant Battles is 1 of 19 photographers representing the U.S. military in the program this year.

During his deployment he documented both, aerial and ground; combat and support missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Syria, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kuwait, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2016, Sergeant Battles won the military-wide photography competition the 1st Combat Camera ShootOff, and in 2017 won the international photography competition the Defense Media Activity D.C. ShootOff Photojournalism Workshop. Furthermore, Sergeant Battles is the 2018 Air Force Public Affairs Agency’s Photojournalism, News and Feature Photographer of the Year.

Sergeant Battles will graduate his ten-month program in May 2019 and return to the U.S. Air Force.

The exhibit will be on display from October 4 – November 1, 2018.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website.

Bird Library to host “A Peace of My Mind” multimedia art exhibit

A Peace of My MindBird Library is hosting part of a multi-location arts project titled “A Peace of My Mind,” founded in 2009 by award-winning photographer John Noltner. The project is built around the concept of “what does peace mean to you?” and features portraits and personal stories of ordinary people that reveal extraordinary insights into how we can work toward common good and a more just world.

The exhibit opens at noon on Tuesday, September 4 in three locations: the Noble Room at Hendricks Chapel, the Life Sciences Atrium, and the Learning Commons on the first floor of Bird Library.

There is an opportunity to meet the artist on Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hendricks Chapel Noble Room. The exhibits close Sunday, September 9.

To find out more about the artist and the exhibit, visit

New 4th floor display on the events of 1918

Signing of the ArmisticeA new display titled 1918 Centennial can now be seen on the fourth floor of Bird Library. The display features Syracuse University Libraries and supplemental materials related to Woodrow Wilson and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), and also includes brief descriptions of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the execution of the Romanovs, and the end of World War I. 1918 Centennial will remain up through the fall semester.

Display your work in the Biblio Gallery

Paiting by Ann SkioldThe Biblio Gallery on the fourth floor of Bird Library offers students a unique venue for exhibiting their creative work to a wider audience.

All two-dimensional, ready-to-hang works of art ranging from architectural drawings, paintings, music scores, photography, poetry, engineering formulas, and more are welcome.

Individual and group/class proposals are reviewed and accepted on a continuous basis and must be submitted through the Biblio Gallery Submission Form.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website.


POSIT presents: Contemporary Bibliography on March 27

Organizers of POSIT, a digital collection of architectural content compiled by students at the School of Architecture, are hosting an opening reception for its new series, entitled Contemporary Bibliography, on Tuesday, March 27 at 5:15 p.m. in the King + King Architecture Library.

Addressing the importance of having a variety of perspectives and inputs through previous works of practitioners, historians, and theorists, Contemporary Bibliography is a curated collection of influential resources that faculty have deemed important. Title pages of these books and magazine articles will be displayed in a bookcase outside of the King + King Architecture Library for the next several weeks.

During the reception, faculty members will comment on their reasons for suggesting certain titles. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Barbara Opar at or at 315.443.3518.