“I always wanted to connect books, faculty and students in some unique way and today made that a reality. Thanks again for such a great idea. We shall do it again next year.” These were the sentiments shared by Anne Salter, director of Oglethorpe’s Philip Weltner Library, at the first annual Art Tea held on March 25, 2009.
The brain child of Dr. Jeffrey Collins and Professor Alan Loehle of Oglethorpe’s Art Department in collaboration with Salter, the event was an opportunity to showcase to art students and members of the Oglethorpe community, the impressive collection of art books housed in the Oglethorpe library and available for use. Event attendees peered over the sampling of art books with their colorful illustrations, attractive book jackets and engaging content. Included among these were Michangelo, 1475-1564: Complete works/FrankZollner, Christ of Thoenes, Thomas Popper. Published by Taschen, 2007 and the A-Z of Modern Architecture/edited by Peter Gossel; with text contributions from Jean-Lousi Cohen... [et al]., Published: Koln; Los Angeles: Taschen c2007.
“We are striving for both breadth and depth in the Art Program curriculum, and we want our students to be actively engaged learners,” stated Loehle.“A crucial step in this process is for our students to avail themselves of all the resources the library has to offer. The logical step was to make a formal presentation of some of these books in order to encourage a shift in their thinking to an awareness of the library as a primary resource (in contrast to using only the internet).”
Further highlighting the breadth of resources available to students, Salter demonstrated the library’s “Art Image Museum Gallery,” a database accessible through the library’s web page to Galileo. This database provides hundreds of works of art, copyright free, for students to study and use in papers and lectures. Students also had the opportunity to view online The British Library’s “Turn the Page” project.
Art Tea attendee, Ricardo Pomales ’09 is an interdisciplinary studies in visual arts major with a minor in art studio. First introduced to architecture through Dr. Collins’ modern architecture class, Ricardo began to see how multiple art forms could be depicted through architecture, igniting a passion for this art form that still surprises him. This fall, Ricardo heads to Ohio State University to enroll in the pre-architecture undergraduate program for a couple of years before entering the graduate program for architecture. Ricardo credits Oglethorpe’s art program with enabling him to be well-rounded in all forms of art.