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** First National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference | April 7th & 8th, 2014 **


The Art of Julian Stanczak: A Retrospective

The work of Julian Stanczak, world-renowned painter and pioneer in Optical Art, will be featured in a series of four exhibitions at Kelvin Smith Library.

On display now:
"Pushing the Envelope: New Dimensions of Color"

Location: Kelvin Smith Library Art Gallery (1st Floor)
Directions and Parking Information here.

  • "Pushing the Envelope: New Dimensions of Color" will be on display through June 6: By the 1980s, Julian Stanczak had mastered a rich technical repertory of color sequences, color chords, and surprising visual illusions. In the last two decades his art has come to full maturity, both in ever more complex and artful individual prints, and in groupings of prints that develop color harmonies in contrapuntal variations, like those of a composer interweaving voices and changing keys.

This exhibit is free and open to the public during the library's regular business hours with valid photo ID.





About Julian Stanczak

Born in Poland in 1928, Stanczak was imprisoned in a Siberian labor camp during World War II. While there, he permanently lost the use of his right arm before his escape at age 13. Eventually making his way to a Polish refugee camp in Uganda, Stanczak was able to take his first private art lessons and learn to paint and write with his left hand.

Stanczak moved to the United States in 1950 and earned his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his MFA from Yale University. His meticulously crafted Perceptual Art — layered patterns of color with effects of transparency and light — represents a conscious decision to leave his wartime experiences behind him. Stanczak's substantial body of work has all been produced at his home in Cleveland, where he and his wife Barbara, an artist herself, have lived since 1964.

A pioneer in the Op Art movement of the 20th century, Stanczak’s work has been extensively exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in more than 85 museums and over 100 public collections. Also a distinguished educator, Stanczak began his 38-year teaching career in 1957 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati. In 1964, he became a professor of painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art, a position he held until retiring in 1995. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Case Western Reserve University in 2013. His website can be viewed here.


Celebrate Preservation Week at Kelvin Smith Library, April 27-May 3.

Preservation week is a yearly national event sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association), to increase public awareness of preservation needs.

The following FREE Events will take place at Kelvin Smith Library:

Webinars: Kelvin Smith Library will offer free group showings of three different webinars about preserving your personal items. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees of one or more webinar sessions will be entered into a drawing to win a basket of archival supplies from Dick Blick.

  • Thursday, May 1, 2-3PM: Preserving Scrapbooks and Making New Scrapbooks that Last. Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. In this webinar, participants will learn the common problems associated with long-term preservation of scrapbooks, how to identify problem materials in older scrapbooks and what to do about them, and how to identify the most stable materials and bindings for creating new scrapbooks.

Live Demo:

  • Friday , May 2, 1-4PM: Book Repair and protective enclosure demo.  Preservation staff will be repairing damaged books from KSL’s collection on the main floor of the library. Everyone is welcome to observe and ask questions, or bring your own damaged book for a consultation with a conservator!






"Acknowledging the Past, Forging the Future"

National Colloquium on Library Special Collections ‌


Save the date! October 21-22, 2014 at Kelvin Smith Library ‌
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Join the conversation! Mark your calendar for a national colloquium to explore the factors that have governed the growth and use of special collections of the past, as well as the current and emerging challenges for special collections in the future. Digitization has created a greater emphasis on increasing exposure and access to special collections, but despite these efforts, many special collections are not yet fully discovered. Your participation in this colloquium will help acknowledge the historic strengths of special collections of the past and chart a course for the next decade and beyond!

The colloquium webpage will be continuously updated with the latest information.



For additional information about events at KSL, please call 216.368.2992 or email KSLadministration@case.edu.

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What and Where is Siegal?

The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

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