Acclaimed artist, Buzz Spector, is collaborating with students from The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art in “Thoughts as Pages, Stacks as Memories,” a free exhibition March 12 through April 18 in the lobby of UA’s Bierce Library.
In addition to Spector’s works, the exhibition will feature works created by students in a painting class taught by UA Art Professor Matthew Kolodziej. The art students have created works from books donated by UA’s Center for the History of Psychology. After studying the content of the books, they altered them and incorporated their artistic responses to the Center’s intriguing collection of devices used for testing memory and perception. Some of the devices are also in the exhibition.
To open the exhibition, Spector will give a free public lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in the auditorium of Folk Hall, home of the Myers School of Art, 150 E. Exchange St.
Librarians Lori Fielding and Bonnie Chojnacki were instrumental in getting this project off the ground.
Starting Monday, 2/24/2014, the circulation desk at Bierce Library will accept credit cards. Patrons will be able to purchase jumpdrives, pay fines and add money to ZipCards using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, JCB, Diners Club International, and American Express. Cards will only be accepted as credit, not as debit cards.
Please notify staff at the circulation desk with any questions.
Vic Fleischer will join a select group of other UA leaders in The UniverCity Community Leadership Institute (UCLI), a new program developed by The University of Akron in partnership with Leadership Akron. This leadership development program will benefit the campus and greater Akron community by building relationships between campus and community leaders and the organizations they serve. The program will begin in early February and continue throughout the Spring 2014 semester.
The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition on the photography of Opie Evans at the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture with an opening reception on February 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Evans was a local reporter, broadcaster, publisher, and businessman and one of the earliest African-American photographers in Akron. His photography documents the local African-American community in addition to other segments of the city’s population from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s.
The exhibit, which is titled “This is Akron with Opie Evans: The Rubber City as Seen through the Lens of One of Its Earliest African-American Photographers,” will feature 58 photographs from Mr. Evans’ catalogue that capture the work and leisure of Akronites—particularly African-Americans—from every walk of life from the end of the Second World War through the civil rights era. This includes leaders, politicians, and professionals in addition to the indigent and working class. The images are from Evans’ collection that is part of the extensive holdings of Archival Services.
The exhibit, which was guest curated by S. Victor Fleischer, University Archivist, Head of Archival Services, and Associate Professor of Bibliography, is a collaboration between the McClain Gallery, the Pan-African Center for Community Studies, and Archival Services of University Libraries. According to Fleischer, “the photographs are incredibly significant as they visually document an important and transitional time in the city’s and the nation’s history and capture a segment of the local population that is seldom documented elsewhere.”
The Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture is located in the Buckingham Building at The University of Akron. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and admission is free to the public. Further information about the Gallery can be obtained at http://www.uakron.edu/ie/offices/.
The Opie Evans Papers and other historical resources on local African-American history and the history of the region are available by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information about Archival Services and its collections can be accessed on the department’s website at http://www.uakron.edu/libraries/archives.
The UL is partnering with the School of Communications for Candid Conversations with Dr. Lin on Friday, February 7th at 11am in Einsteins. Dr. Lin, who teaches intercultural communication at UA, will use submissions from The Race Card Project display in Bierce lobby to start conversations about race, ethnicity and identity. Please join us!
February 10, 2014
The opening of the exhibit “This is Akron with Opie Evans: The Rubber City as Seen through the Lens of One of Its Earliest African-American Photographers” at the McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture. Reception on February 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The exhibit is a partnership between the McClain Gallery, Pan-African Center for Community Studies and Archival Services of University Libraries.
February 14, 2014
Lisa Lazar will be hosting Different faces, different films: examining the portrayal of race in different types of film and exploring race-related film resources at Bierce Library on Friday, February 14th from 10-11:30am in room 154 in Bierce Library. The session is open to both faculty and students.
OARnet will be making equipment upgrades. This may result in two short interruptions in access to the OhioLINK website, shared catalog, database lists and other web services. OARnet expects that these interruptions will last 1 minute or less.