The third annual meeting of the Materials Special Interest Group will take place on Friday, April 26 from 4:45-5:45 pm in Conference Center 208.
I am assembling an agenda for the meeting, so please submit any topics you would like to have discussed via comment to this post or send to email@example.com. In addition to those, the agenda will focus on the upcoming materials forum in early June at Rhode Island School of Design,
The Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design is the recipient of a $50,000 National Forum Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) to hold a symposium titled Materials Education and Research in Art and Design: A New Role for Libraries. From June 6-8, 2013, this unprecedented summit will convene international stakeholders, including artists, architects and designers, educators, researchers and librarians, to focus on the resources and documentation that are required to prepare art and design students for knowledgeable, responsible, and innovative use of materials in their professional work. Participants, including designers in the field, will speak to the current practical and expansive needs for information about materials; in addition faculty now teaching in art and design institutions will articulate the support they need to develop and collect material knowledge and share it to their students. Librarians in the process of building collections and databases of material samples will also be on hand to speak to the issues they have encountered. Respondents and other participants from Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) schools with materials collections, as well as faculty and librarians from these and other AICAD schools and university art and architecture programs at non-AICAD institutions will attend the forum. The symposium includes an evening keynote and reception, a day of sessions, and a half-day workshop. A white paper will serve as a record of the symposium and a guiding resource for the creation and development of materials collections.
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
- Billie Faircloth, Research Director at KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia
- Liat Margolis, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Toronto
- Chris Lefteri, Design Materials Specialist at Chris Lefteri Design Ltd., London
- Rosanne Somerson, Furniture Maker and Provost at Rhode Island School of Design
Confirmed designers/firms include:
- Michael LaGreca, Material ConneXion
Participating schools include:
- California College of the Arts (San Francisco)
- College for Creative Studies (Detroit)
- Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver)
- Harvard University (Cambridge)
- Holon Design Museum (Israel)
- Kent State University (Kent, OH)
- Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore)
- Ontario College of Art & Design University (Toronto)
- Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles)
- Pratt Institute (Brooklyn)
- Rhode Island School of Design (Providence)
- School of Visual Arts (New York City)
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
- University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
- University of the Arts (Philadelphia)
Look for more information to appear on the Fleet Library website,
In April 2013 the MRC will host, Material + Process: an exhibition of materials made by RISD undergraduate students at RISD, highlighting “the wealth of material innovation happening in RISD students’ studios.” –Diana Wagner
MATSIG | Materials Special Interest Group Meeting
ARLIS | Art Libraries Society of North America 40th Annual Conference
Friday, March 30, 2012, 4:00-5:00 pm
Sheraton Centre, Wentworth
- Welcome & introductions
- Updates since last meeting
- Old business
- New business
collections: buy or build?
- Other business
The second annual meeting of the Materials Special Interest Group at the annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) will take place on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 4 pm. See event details at:
. Note: previous discussion regarding holding MATSIG off-site at a materials collection should be disregarded. The group will meet at its assigned time and space in the conference hotel per the above link.
I am currently assembling an agenda for the meeting, so please email me any topics you would like to have discussed via this post or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because this group and the conversation itself is so new to an increasing number of us, I look forward to hearing from you regarding the agenda if not also seeing you at MATSIG to further the discussion. And if you haven’t yet joined, please subscribe to this blog.
Core77 author David Seliger recently stopped by the Material Resource Center at the Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design and blogged about his visit to the MRC and interview with Visual Resources Librarian Mark Pompelia. Check it out:
Core77 Profile: RISD Material Resource Center
Please welcome Donna Kacmar, Associate Professor in the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture at University of Houston. Donna is Coordinator of Technology for the school and is a registered architect with LEED 2.1 accreditation. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University. Her areas of expertise include residential architecture, materials, and technology integration. Most recently she is also Director of the Materials Research Collaborative, a unique and innovative facility that serves students and architects and designers in the Houston area. Donna will help build content on this blog through her experiences with that resource. Welcome, Donna!