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Last Event: Sunday May 21 All Day

Magical Realism: The Art of Brenda Edwards

Repeats every week until Sat Sep 30 2017.

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Arizona State University Fine Arts alumna Brenda Edwards brings the color of the desert to Polytechnic campus Library.

“I consider everything art. My home, nature, the desert, animals and people, all are works of art," Edwards says. "I approach everything as an artist, and take a creative approach to all that I do. I made a decision to live in Arizona when I was 18 years old. I have never regretted that. I love the color and the light of the Sonoran Desert, and spend a good percentage of my week hiking near my home in South Mountain. In the heat of the summer I am on the mountain at 5 a.m. with my dog — and the coyote, owl, javelina and rattlesnake — whoever shows up. Nature preserves all that is precious to us, and I honor nature with my paintings. Arizona is breathtaking and is the inspiration for many of my paintings. I hope to impart to my audience a unique, smile-provoking perspective.”   

The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 30. 

 

Poppy, by Brenda Edwards

Academic Center, Polytechnic campus Library, Polytechnic campus

Last Event: Tuesday May 16 All Day

Mixed Media Artist at Downtown Vault Gallery

Repeats every week until Wed Aug 09 2017.

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Mixed media artist Jeffrey Falk has been a fixture of the Downtown Phoenix arts community since 1984. Although he concedes there wasn’t much of an art scene here at that time, he was one of the pioneers, believing that arts and culture are “important in the life and development of a city.”

Falk’s work will be on exhibit at the Downtown Phoenix campus Library’s Vault Gallery through August 9. His work also can be found in both private and public collections, including the Sky Harbor Airport Art Collection, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Mesa Contemporary Arts/Mesa Arts Center.

Falk draws upon collage, construction, found objects, created objects, paint, assemblage and “whatever is at hand to make art.”

“Art is very important to me, making it and seeing the art of other artists in museums and public places,” he writes.

Falk’s art begins in his subconscious, or in other words, he often doesn’t have a clear idea for his art before he begins making it.

“I just begin,” he writes. “At the risk of sounding cliché, I tend to let the materials I use guide me in a direction. Of course, images from my head begin to come to the surface and it all becomes a collaboration of materials and mind.”

Falk took art classes at Arizona State University in 1980 and at Phoenix College and Glendale Community College, while drawing on “life experience” for his work.

“I try to get as close to the personal story without revealing too much,” he explains of his technique. “I like an air of mystery to the work. I like the work to have meaning, but if you don’t understand what the meaning is as I intended it, nevertheless, if it speaks to you, that’s terrific.

“Picasso said something like, once a piece of art is done, it mocks the maker, because it doesn’t need them anymore,” he says. “It has a life of its own.”

Falk can be reached at falk.jeff@cox.net

Mixed Media Artist at Downtown Vault Gallery

University Center Library, Downtown Phoenix campus

For More Information Contact:

Jackie Young
ASU Library
jacqueline.young@asu.edu

Last Event: Tuesday May 16 All Day

Have Passport - Will Travel

Repeats every week until Fri Sep 08 2017.

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An international travel photography exhibition by Paula Cullison is now at Fletcher Library on Arizona State University's West campus. 

Born in New York City, Cullison is a long-time Phoenix resident with a passion for international travel. Traveling the world independently, she has visited over 30 countries. Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship and has attended several international conferences through her involvement with the United Nations Association. 

She has published numerous international travel articles and her first book, "Daughers of the American Dream." She is a member of the Sonoran Arts League and the United Nations Association of Phoenix Chapter. There, she was a past president, as well as president and founder of the Arizona Women's Partnership, Inc. 

Her two other photography exhibits include: "To Cuba with Love" and "Journey through the Emerald Isle."

Presentations are available upon request: paulacullison@aol.com.

International Photography Exhibition

Fletcher Library, second floor, West campus

For More Information Contact:

Margaret Rodriguez
ASU Library
margaret.rodriguez@asu.edu

Last Event: Monday May 1 All Day

An American Story

Event is open during library hours May 1 through June 8

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In a new exhibition at Fletcher Library, photographer James R. Thompson focuses his camera lens on everyday Americans: "As I travel around this country, I am fascinated by the many stories there are to be told. Every face has a story. I have tried to capture a bit of this and show them with the respect they deserve."

Thompson became interested in photographing people while walking the streets of Minneapolis/St. Paul and meeting a vast variety of folks as they went about their daily lives. "I have since expanded my search to fairs, rodeos and other public events," he says. "Everywhere I go, I look for interesting people or those who might have an interesting story to tell."

Born in Minnesota, Thompson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1974 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in filmmaking and photography. He spent 33 years in the motion picture and video production business, and now lives and works in the Phoenix area as a freelance photographer.

An American Story

Fletcher Library, third floor, West campus

For More Information Contact:

Margaret Rodriguez
ASU Library
margaret.rodriguez@asu.edu

Last Event: Monday April 24 All Day
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As part of Preservation Week, April 23-29, Arizona State University conservator Suzy Morgan will lead group tours through the ASU Library conservation lab for up-close demonstrations of the work entailed in library book repair and collections maintenance.

Morgan and her team will have examples of the types of book repairs they perform and the types of materials and tools they use to revive and bolster vulnerable materials, ensuring their sustainability for generations to come.

It is estimated that some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care; therefore, the goal of Preservation Week is to raise awareness about the urgency of preservation, why it is needed and what you can do, individually and as a community, to preserve both shared and personal collections.

Tours will be 45 minutes long and will be offered at 1 p.m., Monday, April 24, and at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 25.

RSVP is required.

ASU Conservator Suzy Morgan

Hayden Library, room 139, Tempe campus

For More Information Contact:

Suzy Morgan
ASU Library
suzanne.morgan@asu.edu

Last Event: Thursday April 13 All Day
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Poems about music, and about music’s cunning, mysterious patron saint, will be featured in this exhibit of poetry, extending a conversation between Arizona State University’s David Schildkret, a professor of music, and the ASU Chamber Singers and Sally Ball, associate professor of English and the ASU creative writing program, for which the two fields joined together at last fall’s “Appear! Inspire!,” an Arizona version of an ancient tradition: poetry about music, set to music, sung.

An opening reception will take place from 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, in Hayden Library. 

Poems & Music event

Hayden Library, upper concourse, room C2, Tempe campus

For More Information Contact:

Sally Ball
English Department
sally.ball@asu.edu

Last Event: Thursday April 13 All Day
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Fletcher Library proudly presents the artwork of the Glendale Union High School District's students and faculty. A public reception for this exhibit will take place from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 13. It is a gala affair to celebrate the talents of these gifted student and faculty artists.

On display are approximately 80 pieces of the very best student artwork from all nine schools in the Glendale Union High School District. In addition to the students' artwork, teachers from around the district will have pieces on display. The art will include drawings, paintings, mixed media 3-D art and photography. Some artwork will be available for sale. 

 

Young at Heart art exhibit

Fletcher Library, West campus

For More Information Contact:

Kimberly Baron
Glendale Union High School District
623-435-6097

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Poems about music, and about music’s cunning, mysterious patron saint, will be featured in this exhibit of poetry, extending a conversation between Arizona State University’s David Schildkret, a professor of music, and the ASU Chamber Singers and Sally Ball, associate professor of English and the ASU creative writing program, for which the two fields joined together at last fall’s “Appear! Inspire!,” an Arizona version of an ancient tradition: poetry about music, set to music, sung.

Now, an opening reception for the exhibit will take place from 3-4 p.m, Wednesday, April 19, at Hayden Library on the ASU Tempe campus, where the poets and the singers will perform. The event will feature short readings by:

  • Alberto Rios, Arizona poet laureate and ASU regents professor
  • Laura Tohe, Navajo Nation poet laureate and professor of English
  • Cynthia Hogue, professor of English and Marshall chair
  • ASU MFA candidates Natasha Murdock, Dustin Pearson and Kalani Pickhart
  • ASU undergraduates Jordan Dahlen, Scott Hodnefield and Charlee Moseley

The event will also feature songs performed by soloists from the ASU Chamber Singers, Kyla McCarrel and Eric Flyte, accompanied by Nathan Arch.

There will be food and drinks, time to tour the exhibit and read the poems by contributors from our community including Griffin Poetry Prize winner and ASU regents professor Norman Dubie and students Kimberly Kottman (ASU), Mary Hans Eslava, Bernardo Reyes and Krishna Sinha (Brophy College Prep). There will also be time to read the poems that inspired these events, such as one by John Dryden (written in 1687 and set to music for a St. Cecilia festival by George Frideric Handel in 1739) and one by W. H. Auden (written between 1940-42 and set in 1942 by Benjamin Britten).

The exhibition will be on view at Hayden Library through May 12 and is availabile to the public during normal library hours.

Sponsors include: ASU Libraries, the ASU Department of Music, the ASU Institute for Humanities Research, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and the ASU Department of English, in particular the creative writing program and Jenny Irish.

St Cecilia

Hayden Library, Tempe campus

For More Information Contact:

Sally Ball
English Department
sally.ball@asu.edu

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Join the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub in hosting a presentation by Scott Dickenshied introducing Java Mission-Planning and Analysis for Remote Sensing (JMARS).

JMARS is a software suite for viewing and analyzing remote sensing data retrieved from a variety of sources. JMARS was originally developed as a mission planning tool for the THEMIS instrument orbiting Mars on the Odyssey spacecraft. Over the years, functionality has been added to view and study data from other instruments on Mars and other planetary bodies including Earth, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and even asteroids. With functions such as the ability to create shapefiles, draw profile lines, stack data products in layers, import/export data, count craters and save your work for later, JMARS has become a powerful geographic information system. With a variety of data products available with no user processing necessary, JMARS makes access to scientific data readily available.

Scott is a senior scientific software engineer with the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration's Mars Space Flight Facility.

JMARS is a free open source software (FOSS) application, and can be installed on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris. Download installation files here: https://jmars.asu.edu/download.

Noble Science and Engineering Library, instruction room 105, Tempe campus

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ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub
480-965-5183 https://lib.asu.edu/geo

Last Event: Monday April 10 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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The outstanding literary contributions of Simon Ortiz, a Regents’ Professor of English and American Indian Studies at Arizona State University, will be celebrated at a special reception honoring his work and the donation of his papers to ASU Library.

A major voice in 20th and 21st century literature, Ortiz has produced more than two dozen volumes of poetry, prose fiction, children's literature and nonfiction work, translated and anthologized all over the world. His work, which largely examines the cultural, social and political dynamics of Indigenous peoples, has earned him such awards as the 2013 Golden Tibetan Antelope International Prize and the 1982 Pushcart Prize.

Speakers at the reception will include Evelina Lucero, who co-wrote Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance, as well as Professor Ortiz himself.

 

Simon J. Ortiz

Labriola Center, Hayden Library, Tempe campus

For More Information Contact:

Patricia Odle
ASU Library
patricia.odle@asu.edu

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