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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.


Freedman Fellows Presentations @ KSL


Dr. Cynthia Beall: "Digital Database on High-altitude Human Biology"
Wednesday, March 19 | 3 p.m. | Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library

Join 2013 Freedman Fellow, Dr. Cynthia Beall (Distinguished University Professor, Anthropology) for her presentation on the challenges and solutions related to her research, and how they were addressed by the Freedman Fellows Program and its corresponding support. Dr. Beall's research focused on the adaptation of indigenous highlanders (Andean, Tibetan and East African) to the low levels of oxygen where they live at altitudes above 10,000 feet. Her project, "Digital Database on High-altitude Human Biology," set out to design and implement a database of the biological characteristics of people living in these high altitudes. The database will replace 13 previously maintained independent spreadsheets that often presented problems with data integrity and consistency. The outcome will be a searchable, expandable electronic database for research and scholarship.

Roger Zender (Team Leader for Digital Learning & Scholarship, Kelvin Smith Library) will present with Dr. Beall to discuss how the library worked with her through the Freedman Fellows Program to create a database to solve these problems. Zender will discuss the basics of data management and how it can assist other researchers facing similar challenges.


Dr. Mark Pedretti: "Cartography as Memory in Hiroshima Literature"
Wednesday, April 16 | 3 p.m. | Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library

Dr. Mark Pedretti, 2013 Freedman Fellow, will discuss the problems and solutions of his research as they were addressed by the Freedman Fellows program. Since the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945, the name “Hiroshima” has come to signify less the name of a city than an unthinkable event or an incalculable fear of nuclear war. While an official culture of commemoration has grown up around the site of the actual bombing, Dr. Pedretti examines literary artifacts that paint a very different image of the city, and suggests a different form of historical memory. Drawing primarily upon Ibuse Masuji’s 1965 novel Black Rain (Kuroe Ame), along with photographic archives of Hiroshima both before and after the bombing, Pedretti uses the novel’s obsessive attention to place names as a way of virtually reconstructing the city, and of suggesting the relative importance of surrounding towns and villages in witnessing the effects of the bombing. The goal of this project has been to use geospatial information coordinating technology to precisely describe the locations of Ibuse’s novel, and to visualize a place that, for many Americans, remains a distant abstraction.

Ann Holstein (GIS Specialist at the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship) will present with Dr. Pedretti to discuss how geospatial technologies were used in his research to show frequencies of place names as a hotspot density map. Holstein will explain the basics of GIS so that other scholars can consider its many uses for projects that may include a spatial data component.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. Pizza will be served.

For more information about the Freedman Fellows program, click here.



"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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