Visitors Welcome – Updated Library Policies

Beginning Monday, March 14, the Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries will reopen their doors to visitors. Campus visitors who are accompanied by a community member, such as an admissions officer or faculty researcher, are also welcome. Alumni and emeriti are once again able to visit the libraries during open hours with their Commodore Cards. The… Keep reading

Students Improve Collections Data

Working with history of art senior lecturer Susan Dine, thirteen students are cataloging woodblock prints from an 1860s album made in Japan. Their digital project unpacks these brightly-colored prints of kabuki actors and urban life. Each print required four experts’ work: the designer, the engraver, the printer, and the publisher, whose names are visible on… Keep reading

Skyscraper Gothic | February 14 – May 22, 2022

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Skyscraper Gothic: Medieval Style & Modernist Buildings, on view February 14–May 22, 2022. The exhibit is co-curated by Kevin D. Murphy, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities, professor and chair of the department of History of Art and Architecture, and Lisa Reilly,… Keep reading

November 10 Sympathetic Magic Artists Panel Recording Now Available

If you missed the November 10 Sympathetic Magic artists panel discussion, the video recording is now available. Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation contrasts Christian imagery with ritual objects from China, pre-Columbian North America and modern art as a means to explore ritual. The contemporary artists in this exhibition—Department of Art faculty María… Keep reading

Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation | August 26, 2021–January 30, 2022

Throughout history and across the planet, people have invariably created objects promoting faith, healing and transformation. Sympathetic Magic presents objects from Vanderbilt University Collections alongside works by modern and contemporary artists, in acknowledgement of the steadfast and uniquely human belief in the transformative power of art. Historical artifacts on view—ranging from votives and tomb objects… Keep reading

Anatolian amulet with an eye design, date unknown. Collection of Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, 1994.366

Call for Applicants for Buchanan Library Fellowship: Understanding the Fine Arts Gallery Collection using Wikidata and AI

Fall Semester Buchanan Library Fellowship: Understanding the Fine Arts Gallery Collection using Wikidata and AI This project will introduce the Fellows to Wikidata, the knowledge graph that anyone can edit. We will work to improve and add to the metadata in Wikidata about Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery works using spreadsheet-based software tools that make it… Keep reading

Craiglow Appointed Interim University Librarian

Hilary A. Craiglow, who has led the Walker Management Library for more than a decade, has been named interim university librarian. Craiglow’s appointment, effective July 1, was announced today by Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty. Read the full article >