Pop-Ups: A New Way to Study Art History

Written by Fiona Wirth This past summer, I began working in Carrier Library for Special Collections and Preservation. Over the summer my fellow student workers and I have worked on many projects such as the Blackley Collection, both archiving and preserving collections for future use by library patrons. Most recently, fellow student Jen LeMay and I have been organizing the recently acquired Carol Barton Pop-Up and Movable Book Collection. This collection is amazing for the diversity in subject matter and intricate artistry of the book themselves. There are over 700 titles in this collection, which were amassed by Carol Barton, and international book artist and curator whose work can be found in renowned locations such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Ms. Barton was also JMU’s first Wampler visiting professor of Fine Art in 1992. As an Art History major, the books that interested me the most related to many popular artists and their artwork. Frequently art history is only encountered through cumbersome textbooks or large museums, making art seem unapproachable or too complex. However, art pop-ups like the ones found in the Carol Barton Collection are fun and interesting, whether or not you’re Continue reading Pop-Ups: A New Way to Study Art History

#ColorOurCollections February 1-5

Written by Brianna Melchione, Special Collections Graduate Intern Download the PDF here and start coloring now! ColorOurCollections_JMU_SpecialCollections1 Mark your calendars! February 1st – February 5th, 2016 is #ColorOurCollections week. This week-long coloring fest featuring images from Special Collections is a movement initiated by the New York Academy of Medicine, in partnership with the Biodiversity Heritage Library and other libraries around the world. A few years ago, The New York Academy of Medicine shared images from their collections by creating a coloring book. This time around, they are asking libraries and archives worldwide to join in and share! Read more about the origins of #ColorOurCollections at the New York Academy of Medicine here.