New Biblio Gallery Exhibit: Newhouse School and iSchool Partner on Data-Driven Art Exhibition “Social Media and Democracy”

Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library  was created by students from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Studies and is titled “Digital Age in Democracy: Does It Exist?” It is an art exhibition funded by a CUSE Grant. The exhibit, which is on display from now through January, visualizes Syracuse University students’ thoughts on what democracy means to them.

This exhibit is part of a three-part symposium series begun last year on “Social Media and Democracy,” spearheaded by Professor Regina Luttrell, Professor Jon Glass and Professor Lu Xiao. This year’s project called for students to take a nationally distributed survey regarding their thoughts on the role social media plays in American democracy, collecting over 200 student responses. Using the data, students at Newhouse and iSchool visually interpreted the survey results in a variety of ways.

The project addresses how social media is utilized within American politics, encouraging students to have a conversation about the important issues surrounding the influence of digital media. Professor Glass said, “This year, we want to do something different. Instead of hosting panels about the issue, we asked students to discuss the role social media plays in democracy and politics in their own lives and allow them to approach the subject in a fresh and personal way.”

Sophie Estep, Holly Jones, Jessica Zuk, Daniela Curi, and Lillee Bellia, students from Professor Luttrell’s Public Relations Campaign Planning and Execution course, coordinated this year’s project as part of a class for the fall semester.

For more information about the Biblio Gallery, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply to submit an exhibit via Biblio Gallery website. 


SU Libraries’ Fine Forgiveness for Veterans and Military Members

In honor of Veteran’s Month, Syracuse University Libraries will forgive all veteran and active military service member Libraries’ fines up to $25 for the month of November. To participate, veterans and current members of the U.S. military must present their valid military identification to receive a one-time waiver of library fines.

Additional Veteran’s Month activities at the Libraries include:

  • A collection of Service Newspapers of World War II available for campus use, including papers from the British Library. Imperial War Museums, US Army Heritage and Education Center, US Army War College, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, and Berlin State Library Prussian Cultural Heritage.
  • A feature display of military and veteran-related books in the Diana entryway display case of Carnegie Library.
  • Letter/card writing to a United State military service member from November 11 through 15. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the first floor of Bird Library. The Library will supply materials and collect notes to send to service people and veterans via Operation Gratitude.

Todd B. Rubin ’04 to Kick-Off “The Republic of Innovation” Global Entrepreneurship Week

Todd B. Rubin ’04 (School of Architecture), Minister of Evolution and President of The Republic of Tea, is sponsoring Syracuse University’s 2019 celebration of “The Republic of Innovation” Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 11 – 15, 2019.  Through the Rubin Family Foundation, Todd B. Rubin established a grant for the 2019-2020 academic year for five Rubin Family Innovation Mentors at Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries (LaunchPad), as well as funds for the Impact Prize Competition, and other campus events taking place that week.

As the sponsor of this year’s “The Republic of Innovation” Global Entrepreneurship Week, Rubin will kick-off the week with a keynote address on Monday, November 11 at noon at Bird Library in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114).  Light lunch refreshments and tea will be served. A series of activities that are free and open to the community are planned throughout the week to celebrate The Republic of Innovation Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Rubin serves as the Minister of Evolution (President) for The Republic of Tea. Dedicated to preserving a legacy that fosters The Republic of Tea’s “Sip by Sip Rather than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle, he strives to delight Citizens, Ministers, Embassies and Ambassadors with a focus on innovation, education and providing the finest premium teas and herbs.

Rubin joined The Republic of Tea in 2007 as the Minister of East Commerce and then transitioned to the Minister of Southeast Commerce in 2008. In 2011, he was appointed to Minister of Evolution (Vice President of Sales and Marketing), relocating to the company’s Larkspur, California office.  In that role, he successfully spearheaded new teas and new systems that led to significant growth, including: Beautifying Botanicals Teas, organic SuperAdapt Teas, organic SuperGreen Teas, HiCAF® Teas, Sonoma Teas, Biodynamic® Teas, Cuppa Cake® Teas, Downton Abbey™ Teas, organic SuperHerb® Teas, U-Matcha™ teas, The Crown® Teas and the organic Single Sips. Utilizing his degree in architecture, he oversaw the feng shui design of the company’s headquarters at The Exchange in Larkspur, California and the company’s production and shipping center in Nashville, Illinois. 

In 2016, Rubin was elected to the Specialty Food Association Board of Directors and was distinguished as one of San Francisco Business Times’ 40 Under 40. He was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Specialty Tea Institute and became a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization SF Bay Area Chapter in 2015. The year prior, Rubin was the recipient of Syracuse’s Generation Orange Award for philanthropy and was also honored as one of North Bay Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Rubin was elected to the Board for the Ethical Tea Partnership, a nonprofit organization that convenes the tea industry, development partners, NGOs, and governments to improve the lives of tea workers, farmers, and the environment in which they live and work.

He starts his day with a cup of Lucky Irish Breakfast tea, sips Brain Boost SuperGreen tea in the afternoon and ends his evenings with Clarity and Calm herbal tea. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, traveling, photography, and reading.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) started in 2007 with 37 countries committing to support it; within a year it grew to over 77 countries and 3 million people participating in 25,022 events. Now it is a collection of thousands of events, activities and competitions around the world. At the LaunchPad, over 112 countries have been represented since its inception. This year’s competition at Syracuse is scheduled the week before “Global Entrepreneurship Week” being held by GEW November 18-24 to better accommodate the academic year schedule.

About The Republic of Tea:

The Republic of Tea enriches people’s lives through its great-tasting premium teas and herbs, education and innovation, as it emphasizes a “Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a specialty tea revolution. Today the brand delivers an unequaled selection of the highest-quality teas, herbal blends, books and nature-inspired sipware. The Republic of Tea’s collections boast over 300 all-natural premium teas and diverse offerings which include, but are not limited to: organic SuperAdapt Teas, SuperDigest Teas, Beautifying Botanicals, SuperGreen Teas, Downton Abbey™ Teas, Biodynamic® Teas, organic Superfruit™ Teas, Be Active® Teas, organic SuperHerb® Teas, U-Matcha™, Single Sips ®, teaware and a collection of unsweetened, premium glass-bottled iced teas crafted exclusively for fine restaurants and hotels. Further, The Republic of Tea is mindful of how its actions impact the greater community and actively supports organizations like The Ethical Tea Partnership, Homeward Bound of Marin, and The Women of Tea: Sri Lanka, an initiative by The Republic of Tea focused on improving nutrition, hygiene and financial literacy for the women tea workers living in Sri Lanka. Certifications include Demeter USA Certified Biodynamic, Fair Trade certification, Gluten-Free certification, Non-GMO Project verification, OU Kosher certification, and USDA Organic certification.


“The Republic of Innovation” Global Entrepreneurship Week Events

The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries (LaunchPad) is celebrating “The Republic of Innovation” Global Entrepreneurship Week November 11 – 15, 2019.  Many of the week’s activities are being sponsored by Todd B. Rubin ’04 (School of Architecture), Minister of Evolution and President of The Republic of Tea, through the Rubin Family Foundation.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) started in 2007 with 37 countries committing to support it; within a year it grew to over 77 countries and 3 million people participating in 25,022 events. Now it is a collection of thousands of events, activities and competitions around the world. At the LaunchPad, over 112 countries have been represented since its inception. This year’s competition at Syracuse is scheduled the week before “Global Entrepreneurship Week” being held by GEW November 18-24 to better accommodate the academic year schedule.

All events are open to the community free of charge. This year’s activities include:

  • Monday, November 11, noon to 1 p.m.: Todd B. Rubin ’04 will kick-off the week with a keynote address in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114) at Bird Library.  Light lunch refreshments and tea will be served.
  • Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.:  Impact Prize workshops in the LaunchPad on “wicked global problems” that lend themselves to global solutions.  The twenty-one Impact Prize final teams will have the opportunity to work with mentors to explore the social impact of their ventures and shape their solutions. 
  • Monday, November 11 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.:  The Hult Power Hour, a workshop in the LaunchPad on sustainability and global climate change, in advance of the campus Hult Prize Competition for student impact entrepreneurship.  This year’s theme is “Build a Smarter Business for a Better Planet,” focusing on addressing climate change.  Deadline to apply is Friday, November 15.
  • Tuesday, November 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Global Design Studio, a three-part event in the LaunchPad:
    • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Vipul Jain, partner at Baaya Design and co-founder and president of Catalysts for Social Action, and serial entrepreneur.
    • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Shibani Jain, founder and CEO of Baaya Design, founder of India’s frst e-commerce platform for craft products, and co-founder and trustee of Catalysts for Social Action.
    • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Women in Design Co-Work event
  • Wednesday, November 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.:  Building an immersive entrepreneurial experience with Julia Haber, Newhouse ’18, founder of WAYV.
  • Wednesday, November 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.:  Qualifier competition for Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, the premier global competition for student entrepreneurs who run a business.  Two teams will represent Syracuse at the competition — PAANI, the recent first place winner of the ‘Cuse Tank competition at LaunchPad; and MedUX, a team that won last year’s Impact Prize Competition and is comprised of Rubin Family Innovation Mentors.   
  • Thursday, November 14 at 8 a.m. to Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m.: the MLB Challenge by the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Hines Hall and Manley Field House.
  • Thursday, November 14 from noon to 2 p.m.: Innovation Village at the Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse, with a resource fair of regional innovation ecosystem partners.
  • Thursday, November 14 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Impact Prize Pitch Competition, coordinated by the LaunchPad, to support student entrepreneurs who are engaged in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems through innovation. The competition will be held at Syracuse University Libraries and is being funded through generous gifts from Dr. Gisela M. von Dran and Todd Rubin.
  • Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m.: University Lecture Series at Hendricks Chapel featuring “Young Alumni Entrepreneurs: Breaking the Rules, Blazing New Paths, Not Waiting Their Turn” is being co-sponsored in part by Syracuse University Libraries and the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars. The event features alumni entrepreneurs who launched their businesses as students:  Moderator, Kelsey Davis ’19 G’20, founder of CLLCVTE; Josh Aviv ’15 G’17, founder of SparkCharge; Julia Haber ’18, founder of WAYV; Erin Miller ’16, founder of Out There Productions; and Danile Folkman ’12, VP of Business Development, goPuff.
  • Friday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Popcycle fun popup shop of global student entrepreneurs, makers and creatives in the LaunchPad.
  • Friday, November 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: How to pitch your idea to a global entrepreneurial world, by LaunchPad executive director Linda Hartsock at the Maxwell Citizenship and Civic Engagement program.
  • Friday, November 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Globalists Live Musings in the LaunchPad, a panel by international students on How to Be a Change Agent in a Global World.

About the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries:

The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars in Bird Library is Syracuse University’s innovation hub, connecting the entire University’s resource-rich ecosystem with a global network that provides support for aspiring entrepreneurs, inventors and creators. The program serves faculty, staff, students, and alumni across disciplines who are interested in innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, venture creation, and taking ideas from concept to commercialization. The program supports a key pillar of Syracuse University’s Academic Strategic Plan to create an innovation ecosystem across the institution that prepares participants to be trailblazers in an entrepreneurial world.

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Petrina Jackson Featured as Keynote Speaker at Society of Georgia Archivists

Petrina Jackson, Director of Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, gave the keynote address at the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) conference on October 17, 2019 in Augusta, GA. The conference theme was Strong Roots, Stronger Branches: SGA at 50.

In her keynote address, Jackson explored how her family’s stories have helped to shape her identity and perspective and how that shaping has impacted her approach to archives. Her family has roots in Georgia. She stated, “….my archival work has centered on advocacy, bringing stories relegated to the margins to the forefront, and guiding and empowering all staff to challenge their assumptions and lead from where they are to create an equitable and inclusive archives, workplace, and field.” She further stated that to accomplish her goal of an inclusive archives, she needs accomplices and allies to break out of the status quo and help bring strong, positive change.

Petrina joined Syracuse University Libraries in June 2019 from Iowa State University, where she was Head of Special Collections and University Archives since 2016, and before that was Head of Instruction and Outreach at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, and Senior Assistant Archivist for the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell.

Petrina holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in English from Iowa State University and a BA in English from the University of Toledo, and is well known nationally, being active in both the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.


Lydia Wasylenko, Librarian, and Barry L. Wells Honored with SOURCE Awards

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Left to Right: Cathryn Newton, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Faculty Engagement; Michael Wasylenko, Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics; Lydia Wasylenko, Librarian for citizenship and humanities at Syracuse University Libraries; Junje “Rec” Ren ’20, Arts & Sciences major in Religion/Environment, Sustainability, and Policy who considers Lydia a valued mentor; Marissa Brown ’20, Arts & Sciences major in Biology and Neuroscience and SOURCE Student Research Mentor; Barry L. Wells, former Syracuse University Senior Vice President of Student Affairs and former Special Assistant to Chancellor Syverud, currently on the Transition Team for the SOURCE.

Syracuse University’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (SOURCE) presented Syracuse University librarian Lydia Wasylenko with a SOURCE Award named in her honor at a small reception held at SOURCE’s office at 238 Bird Library on Friday, September 27, 2019. The award was presented by Cathryn Newton, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Faculty Engagement, for Wasylenko’s pivotal role in researching and writing a study of undergraduate research at Syracuse University that led to the creation of SOURCE. Through the generosity of donors, SOURCE will be providing a grant in 2019 to support an undergraduate student conducting research in the Humanities or Social Sciences in Lydia Wasylenko’s name.

Lydia Wasylenko, librarian for citizenship and humanities at Syracuse University Libraries, served as recorder on the University’s Senate Committee on Research from 2010 through 2016. She co-authored a report on research opportunities for undergraduate students at Syracuse University, along with Professors Jamie L. Winders and Dinesh K. Gauri, in March 2015. That report helped to create SOURCE, a University-wide resource dedicated to undergraduate research.

The SOURCE grant in Wasylenko’s name will support a student whose work in the humanities or social sciences is driven by curiosity and a sustained commitment to excellence and is committed to depth of inquiry into the literature or archival materials. Applicants will follow the same guidelines to apply as for all other SOURCE Grants.

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Left to Right: Lydia Wasylenko and Junje “Rec” Ren. Rec presented Lydia with the certificate.

Another award was named for Barry L. Wells, former Syracuse University Senior Vice President of Student Affairs and former Special Assistant to Chancellor Syverud, who is currently on the Transition Team for the SOURCE. That award will be given to a student in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) fields and is driven by sustained commitment to scholarly/creative excellence and to inclusivity in all its dimensions, as well as long-term mentoring and deep personal investment in the careers and lives of others.   Wells began his career as inaugural coordinator of Syracuse University’s Office of Minority Affairs in 1976 and has been a committed leader in student and academic affairs, particularly dedicated to advancing principles of inclusion and diversity.

Student deadline to submit an application for these or other fall research awards is October 15.


Wordgathering, a Digital Open Access Journal of Work from Disabled Writers, Transitions to Publication at Syracuse University

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From left to right, new Wordgathering publication team: Amanda Page, Open Publishing and Copyright Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries; Diane R. Wiener, Research Professor and Associate Director of BBI’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach; Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri, Administrative Assistant of BBI’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach (missing from photo: Kate Deibel, Inclusion and Accessibility Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries)

Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and Syracuse University Libraries will be assuming publication in December 2019 of the digital open access journal and website, Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature.  Diane R. Wiener, Research Professor and Associate Director of BBI’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, will take over as Editor-in-Chief from Wordgathering’s founder and long-time editor, Michael Northen. Further support and advisement will come from Syracuse University colleagues Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri, Administrative Assistant of BBI’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach; Amanda Page, Open Publishing and Copyright Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries; and Kate Deibel, Inclusion and Accessibility Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. As part of this transition, the journal will be made fully Open Access over the course of the next several issues. Assuming responsibility of open access publication of Wordgathering aligns with the University’s goal of providing shared competency opportunities for students around ethics, integrity, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“As we celebrate disability awareness and appreciation month and open access week in October, it’s fitting that we celebrate this Wordgathering transition too,” said Diane Wiener. “Syracuse University Libraries’ Open Publishing Services supports publication of several journals, including Ergo, Excelsior, and Public. Adding Wordgathering to this portfolio is a natural extension,” said Amanda Page.

In an interview conducted by Professor Jim Ferris (Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disability Studies at the University of Toledo), the members of the Wordgathering transition team share additional details and background around the transition. Wordgathering was originally published in March 2007 to showcase the work of disabled poets. Later, audio versions were added to accompany the poems in text copy, enhance accessibility and increase readers’ aesthetic experience. The journal evolved to include poetry, essays, book reviews, interviews, fiction, art, excerpts, and other work from contributors with myriad disabilities, as well as work by nondisabled people. The journal provides diverse, cross-disability perspectives.

According to the current editor of Wordgathering, Michael Northen, “…Books by poets who actually wrote about their own disabilities in poetry prior to 2000, could literally be counted on one hand…for the first time [with the publishing of Wordgathering], the poets in my group saw their own lives reflected in the poetry they read.” Dr. Kate Deibel notes “Technology has certainly opened up opportunities for disabled creators to contribute their works. I’ll be working to ensure that can continue with Wordgathering, as well as ensuring that people of all abilities can read the content in the journal.”

Northen goes on to say that the transition of publication to Syracuse University will enable “the marvelous archive of disability writing published in Wordgathering over the past thirteen years [to] be preserved and accessible to any interested readers or researchers…[and] the available resources that Syracuse University has to offer. The journal, under Diane’s direction, and with advisement, sponsorship, and support from Syracuse University Libraries, the Burton Blatt Institute and others, will be able to expand and develop in directions that have not been possible up to this point.”

According to Wiener, “In thinking of disability arts and literature as facets of cultural diplomacy and communication, broadly, Wordgathering is well-situated…to engage actively in and be among the leaders of an ever-expansive discussion and demonstration of Disability, Deaf, Neurodivergent (including Autistic), Mad, and Crip poetics, in the world today.”

For more information, visit http://www.wordgathering.com/.


Libraries Celebrates Veterans

Syracuse University Libraries’ joins the University community in celebrating Veterans year-long, but especially throughout the month of November. Noteworthy events and collections to highlight include:

  • The Libraries recently added an electronic primary source collection: Service Newspapers of World War Two. The collection provides access to service newspapers from the British Library; Imperial War Museums; US Army Heritage and Education Center, US Army War College; Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand; Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage.
  • Carnegie Library will feature a display of military and veteran-related books in the Diana entryway display case for the month of November.
  • Bird Library will host a letter/card writing event on Veteran’s Day. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the first floor between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, November 11 to write a letter or card to a United States military service member. The Library will supply materials and collect notes to send to service people and veterans via Operation Gratitude. Participants will receive a Veteran’s Day button for participating.

Special Collections Research Center Opens Papers of Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical Center

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Thomas Szasz, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries

Syracuse University Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is pleased to announce the opening of the Thomas Szasz Papers.  At nearly 200 linear feet, the collection represents the culmination of several years’ work by SCRC staff, including surveying, analysis, organization, rehousing, and documentation and description of the correspondence, writings, photographs, posters, awards, and memorabilia of the noted Hungarian-American psychiatrist. The collection is opening during Disability Awareness and Appreciation Month, celebrated in October.

Thomas Stephen Szasz (1920-2012) was an American psychiatrist and scholar, best known for his criticisms of psychiatry and modern medicine, as well as his theories on the intersection of law and psychiatry. Born in Budapest, Hungary on April 15, 1920, Szasz immigrated to the United States in 1938. He received his medical education at the University of Cincinnati and his psychiatric training at the University of Chicago Clinics. In 1956, he became Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, a post he held until 1990, when he became Professor Emeritus.

“We are very pleased to see the completed finding aid to our father’s collection of papers. Kudos to the archivists at Syracuse University for creating a comprehensive inventory that will be indispensable for researchers and scholars for years to come,” said Margot S. Peters and Suzy Szasz Palmer, Thomas Szasz’s daughters.

Dr. Szasz was a well-known social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry and of the social control aims of medicine in modern society, which he referred to as “the therapeutic state.”  A libertarian, Szasz advocated for the legalization of all drugs, the abolition of involuntary mental hospitalization and the insanity defense, and “the right to be mentally ill.”  He was a prolific author and an active correspondent, with strong opinions on the power of language and the relationship between modern psychiatry and the state. His writings, lectures, and speeches often evoked lively debate.

Taken as a whole, the collection illuminates the growth and development of Dr. Szasz’s ideas and theories and his passionate belief in an individual’s right to control their own life. The collection provides useful and salient background context for themes immediately relevant today, such as the problem of addiction, the failure of the “War on Drugs,” and societal attitudes towards individuals suffering from mental health issues.

“We are very excited about the many possibilities that scholars, researchers and students will have to engage with the Thomas Szasz papers and look forward to the impact that the resulting scholarship will have on the field of psychiatry and discussions surrounding mental health,” said Petrina D. Jackson, Director of the Special Collections Research Center.

The finding aid for the Thomas Szasz Papers is available online. For more information about the Thomas Szasz Papers or to schedule a visit, please contact scrc@syr.edu.


New Biblio Gallery Exhibit: Master Copy Drawings

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Master Copy Drawing from Biblio Gallery

Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library, titled “Master Copy Drawings,” is on display from October 1 through November 1, 2019. Master drawings are records of the artist’s creative process. Master copies are considered an essential form of practice for the beginning drawing student, since it facilitates the student’s development of the importance of line quality and mark making. The master copy drawing assignment integrates research, art history, and drawing skill. To prepare for the assignment, students participated in a workshop taught by Ann Skiold, associate librarian, which introduced them to resources available in Syracuse University Libraries.

Pieces in this exhibit were selected from three sections of first year studio students in the two courses Drawing I: Observation and Drawing Nature in the School of Art. The student drawings represent a range of master artists’ approaches in figurative and landscape works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Rococo, and Neo-Classical periods. The pieces on display were selected by studio instructors: Susan D’Amato, Associate Professor, Drawing Coordinator; Holly Greenberg, Associate Professor, Printmaking Coordinator; and Sarah McCoubrey, Professor, Painting Coordinator.

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Master Copy Drawing from Biblio Gallery

Students whose work is featured in the exhibit are: Nicole Blanchard, Sike Chan, Chloe Crookall, D’Mya Curtis, Emilie DelSignore, Emma Edelin, Abe Frankel, Diana Garcia, Aisling Kenny, Zhanhao (Jim) Liang, Shianne Lindsay, Claudia Lynch, Sophia Medieros, Callen Moore, Celena Mouton, Leito Navarete, Lydia Pleasants, Nikkos Saviolis, Robert Spano, Kayla Tomlin, Jiaqi Yuan, and Anna Zinan.

For more information about the Biblio Gallery, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, Librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply to submit an exhibit via Biblio Gallery website.