ARLIS/NA 1996 CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS
Left: Conference co-chairs Stephen
Patrick, Anne Ross, and James Findlay receive certificates
of appreciation for their outstanding work planning the 1996
It was a truly amazing entertainment: informative, honorific,
visually sophisticated, and fast-paced. The convocation for the 24th
ARLIS/NA Annual Conference was held at the historic Art Deco Colony
Theater in the South Beach area of Miami Beach. The convocation was
orchestrated to perfection, the handiwork of many people, with
President Ed Teague as master of ceremonies.
The keynote address was delivered by the president- elect of ALA and
director of the Miami-Dade Public Library system, Mary Sommerville.
Sommerville spoke movingly about the role of multicultural art in the
public library in creating a sense of home and community as part of
the acculturation process for recent immigrants to America. If you
had ever wondered whether you had made a good decision in pursuing a
career as a librarian, oops, information professional, your
commitment was reinvigorated during her talk, indeed, as it was
throughout the evening.
Those in attendance were next treated to a moving and well-crafted
slide show of travel award sponsors and recipients. Allen Townsend,
chair of the Travel Awards Committee, narrated the presentation which
included photographs of the sponsors in their book stores, the
recipients in their libraries and landscapes. Visually stunning, the
slides showed the faces and spaces behind each award. Sponsors and
recipients were rightly honored, and the audience enthralled.
The Gerd Muehsam Award held its own surprise; Debbie Barlow (the West
Coast Debbie), chair of the Muehsam award committee annouced that the
winning paper was of such high caliber that it had already been
published elsewhere. Peter Blank, chair of the H.W. Wilson Foundation
Research Committee and the newly inaugurated ARLIS/NA Publications
Committee announced the Wilson award and three publications awards.
Cheryl Siegel announced another new award: the Melva J. Dwyer
Publication Award to honor reference works about Canadian art by
Canadian authors, published and distributed by Canadian companies.
The endearing slide-show tribute to winner Evelyn McMann revealed a
substantial lifetime of indexing, and an exemplary professional
As if this weren't enough innovation and inspiration for one
convocation, the 17th Annual Wittenborn Awards were revised this year
as well. A new, modernist logo, designed by Fran Grossman of New York
City, was unveiled. Deborah Kempe, chair of the Wittenborn Committee,
announced three winners and two special mentions. Filled with pride
in our colleagues and our profession we walked and rode in buses to
the Wolfsonian Foundation for a reception held amidst the exhibit,
1996 ARLIS/NA Travel Awards Winners
Howard & Beverly Joy Karno Award :
Nelva Quevedo Pacheco, Library of the Museo de
Arts de Lima, Peru. Librarie
Leonce Laget Travel Award :
Mireille Etignard, Library of the Ecole d'Art de
David Mirvish Books on Art Travel Award :
Linda Bien, head of the Slide Library,
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
G.K. Hall Conference Attendance Award :
Madelyn Cook, chapter officer and chair of the 1996 Southwest
Regional Conference Planning Committee, University of Arizona
Jim and Anna Emmett Award was not awarded as there were no
1995-96 Gerd Muehsam Award Winner:
Bradley L. Taylor, University of Michigan, GLIS, for his paper
"Chenhall's Nomenclature, the Art & Architecture Thesaurus, and
Issues of Access in America's Artifact Collections," to be published
in the next issue of Art Documentation.
1996 ARLIS/NA Publications Awards
(cash awards are available for publications undertaken outside the
scope of one's institutional responsibilities; certificates of merit
are available for publications undertaken with institutional
Cash Award $200.00: Jeanne Brown. Architecture and Building: Net
Certificate of Merit: Toni Petersen. Art and architecture thesaurus
(Getty Art History Information Program) New York: Oxford University
Press. (5 vol. print edition Program;. computer file on disks with
Certificate of Merit: Murtha Baca, James Bower, and Eleanor Fink.
Union list of artist names New York : G.K. Hall, 1994. ( 4 vol print;
computer file on disks with reference and users guides)
1996 H.W. Wilson Foundation Research
Sheila Klos, Architecture & Allied Arts Library, University of
Oregon, for her project, "The Index to American Women Architects,
1945-1995: A Guide." To be published by Greenwood Press in 1998.
1996 Melva J. Dwyer Publication
Evelyn de Rostaing McMann, retired indexer, Fine Arts Division,
Vancouver Public Library for the four indexes published by the
University of Toronto Press between 1981-1996: Royal Canadian Academy
of Arts: exhibitions and members 1880- 1979; Index to Canadian Who's
Who 1898-1984; Index to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Spring
Exhibitions 1880-1979; Biographical Index of Canadian Artists.
1995-96 (17th Annual) Wittenborn Award
(for books published in 1995):
Princeton University Press for The Salon Album of Vera
Sudeikin-Stravinsky, edited and translated by John E. Bowlt.
Thames and Hudson Inc., and the Wolfsonian Foundation for
Designing Modernity: The Arts of Reform and Persuasion 1885-1945:
Selections from the Wolfsonian, edited by Wendy Kaplan.
Yale University Press for Hadrian's Villa and Its Legacy, by
William L. MacDonald and John A. Pinto.
Special mention: The Whitney Museum of American Art in association
with W. W. Norton for Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonne, by
Special menton: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. for Grandmother's Garden:
The Old-fashioned American Garden 1865-1915, by May Brawley
-- Maryly Snow, ARLIS/NA Secretary
Created 1 October 1996. Updated 21 March 1997