Come celebrate with us as we welcome you to the Mountain West region and beautiful Salt Lake City! The Conference Planning and Local Arrangements committees invite you to join us for several special events this year.
The theme at this year’s Diversity Forum (Wednesday, March 27, 10:30am-12:00pm) is “The Art of Belonging: Intersectional and Anti-Oppressive Practices in Art Librarianship.” A facilitated conversation with four presenters, the forum challenges us to foster a sense of belonging from the perspective of librarians from historically underrepresented groups within our profession. The speakers will discuss their own experiences and challenges, and the actions they have taken at their institutions and/or within the profession to address issues regarding race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, class, religion, immigration status, mental health, and well-being. Come join the dialogue!
The Welcome Reception (Wednesday, March 27, 7:00pm) will be an evening soirée not to be missed! Featuring local hors d’oeuvres and music, come mix and mingle with colleagues and friends at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. You might choose to visit featured exhibits or innovative ongoing exhibits.
Are you a first-time attendee? Perhaps you are traveling from outside of the United States to attend ARLIS/NA? There is an event for you! The First-Time and International Attendees Reception (Wednesday, March, 27, 5:30pm-6:30pm) will be hosted by Kim Collins, ARLIS/NA President, and the Membership Committee. Curious about committees, groups, and other things specific to ARLIS/NA? Bring your questions and come mix and mingle with members of the Executive Board and fellow attendees. Learn about the various Sections, Divisions, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Committees, and ways to get involved in ARLIS/NA. Held in the Grand America Hotel (conference hotel).
Stop by the Convocation and Awards Event (Thursday, March 28, 5:30-6:30pm), featuring keynote speaker Sarah George, Executive Director of the Natural History Museum of Utah, and support this year’s award winners, including the Distinguished Service Award winner! George will discuss how she collaborated with her staff and the museum board to develop a multi-million dollar building, exhibits, programming, and more for the LEEDⓇ-Gold certified Rio Tinto Center, where the museum is housed. The Museum has won more than 30 regional, national, and international awards for architecture, engineering, materials, construction safety, dark sky design, exhibitions, media, and public art. Held at the Grand America Hotel (conference hotel).
A catered reception will directly follow the event at the Natural History Museum of Utah at 7:00pm. Buses await to whisk you away to the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range, where the museum follows the contour of the surrounding hillsides and “illuminate[s] the natural world and the place of humans within it” (from the museum mission). Enjoy the rich natural history of Utah while connecting with colleagues and enjoying light food and drinks!
Last, but certainly not least, join us for an inspiring venture with this year’s featured Closing Plenary Keynote Speaker, Hikmet Loe, “Maps, Lines, Paths, Insights, and Art” (Friday, March 29, 10:00-11:00am)! A former art librarian and ARLIS/NA member, Hikmet Loe now teaches art history at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She is a leading expert on Robert Smithson and his renowned earthwork, Spiral Jetty. As a practicing artist, writer, and teacher, her research and practice examines the changeable nature of the earth, and perceptual and cultural constructs of the land. Beginning at the Fine Arts Department at Salt Lake City Public Library in the early 1980s, she will reflect on her personal and professional development of her 25 year library career which included work at the MoMA Library, the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Parsons School of Design, and the University of Utah.
Following the plenary, copies of Loe’s The Spiral Jetty Encyclo will be available for sale at a book-signing at 12:00pm in the Exhibits Hall, at the Ken Sanders Rare Books booth. This book draws on Robert Smithson’s writings for encyclopedic entries that bring to light the context of the earthwork and Smithson’s many points of reference in creating it. Containing around 220 images, most of them in color, with some historical black and white photographs, The Spiral Jetty Encyclo allows readers to explore the construction, connections, and significance of Smithson’s 1,500-foot-long curl into the Great Salt Lake.
We hope to see you there!