On March 25, UC San Diego officially launched the Campaign for UC San Diego, a $2 billion comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience and the campus, with worldwide impacts. The public launch of the Campaign was celebrated at a technology-rich event at the campus’ RIMAC arena, where guests were awed by a dynamic multimedia experience, showcasing innovation and experimentation, and underscoring the university’s unconventional history.
The Campaign for UC San Diego will help fund three key priorities: enhancing the student experience; enriching our campus community; and sparking research and innovation. With the support of UC San Diego friends, alumni, and parents, the university aims to boost investments in these areas to fuel innovative treatments and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
Given the essential role the UC San Diego Library plays in sparking research and innovation at the university, the Library’s campaign priorities are well-aligned with those of the campus. A top priority for the Library and the campus is to raise additional funds to support the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI). Because of the significance of the initiative for student learning and the campus overall, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla has agreed to match gifts raised up to $1 million, doubling the impact of other contributions. Donations to the GLRI are designated to support renovation or maintenance activities.
“We are seeking support for a multi-million dollar initiative to transform the first, second, and eighth floors in Geisel Library into modern, collaborative, technology-rich spaces that advance the learning and research efforts of our talented students and researchers,” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. Read more…
With his retirement on the horizon, University Librarian Brian Schottlaender has pledged two generous gifts to the UC San Diego Library, one to advance the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) and another to support the Archive for New Poetry in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives.
Between now and the end of the academic year, Schottlaender, who recently announced his plans to retire in June 2017, said he will focus his energies on raising funds for the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, a top priority for the Library and the campus. In addition, he has made a planned gift for the GLRI Maintenance Endowment.
“I can’t think of a higher priority for the campus and for our students, especially, than raising the funds we need to revitalize the major interior spaces of this architecturally stunning landmark building,” said Schottlaender. “Our students are among the most academically competitive in the nation. They spend an awful lot of time here, and deserve the most advanced, technology-equipped spaces we can offer, to accelerate their learning and discovery. This is why I made this gift to support the GLRI and why I would encourage others to consider supporting it.”
“Freedom: a fable” pop-up book by Kara Walker
UC San Diego alumna Geraldine “Gerry” McAllister, a strong advocate for the arts on campus during her 25-year stint as director of the university’s Mandeville Art Gallery, has donated her collection of artists’ books to the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. McAllister, who received her B.A. degree and subsequently her M.F.A. from the university in 1974, also served as president of the UCSD Alumni Association, and was its first dues-paying Life Member.
After receiving her M.F.A., McAllister worked as director and curator of the university’s Mandeville Art Gallery for the next two decades, where she exhibited the works of many prominent contemporary artists. In spite of her modest budget, McAllister—who was known on campus and in the art world as a bold mover and shaker—succeeded in bringing in numerous well-established artists, including a traveling exhibit of paintings by Frida Kahlo.
McAllister, who studied visual arts, and was married to artist Adare McAllister until his death in 2012, began collecting contemporary artists’ books in the 1980’s. Her collection of 128 artists’ books comprises several rare and valuable works by well-known regional as well as international artists, some with strong university ties. The collection includes works by John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Jenny Holzer, Edward Ruscha, and Niki de Saint-Phalle, as well as art by Alexis Smith, Kara Walker, Allan Kaprow, and Bruce Nauman. Read more…
Special Collections & Archives Exhibition
April 10, 2017 – May 26, 2017
● Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
● 5 – 7 PM
● Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Countless artists have been inspired over the last century by the distinctive beauty of the magnificent Torrey pines—the world’s rarest pine tree—at the 1,500 acre Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego’s most treasured coastal park. Of the many plein air artists to capture images of the trees and the park, Tsuyoshi Matsumoto—known as Mat—stands out, not just for the particular beauty of his sketches, but also for the devotion and attention he gave to his subject matter.
In a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the artist’s daughter, La Jolla resident Helen Kagan, a selection of Mat’s drawings and sketch books is now on display in Geisel Library’s West Wing. A self-taught artist, Mat began drawing pine trees in the late 1960’s. After visiting La Jolla and the Reserve when he was looking for a place to retire, the trees and the park made an indelible impression on him, and in 1973, he moved his family to La Jolla. Over the next decade and in the years preceding his death in 1982, Mat was a frequent visitor to the Reserve, producing some 800 drawings of Torrey pines, trees that he clearly worshipped and had a special affinity with. The pine tree has a favored status in Japanese culture, symbolizing good luck and longevity—and, furthermore, “Matsumoto” means “root of the pine.”
Joyce Cutler Shaw pictured “In the Garden of Wild Birds and Grasses,” Walk-In Book, San Diego Central Library, 2015.
Internationally acclaimed multimedia artist, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, a member of the University of California San Diego’s inaugural M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) class of 1972, has received the UC San Diego Library’s Geisel Citation award for Library Philanthropy. Cutler-Shaw is the first alumna to receive the Library’s annual Geisel Citation, which is presented to active and stalwart supporters, who have made significant contributions to the growth and success of the Library. The award will be presented to the artist at a private event later this spring.
“Over the years, Joyce Cutler-Shaw has been an avid supporter and an active participant in the life of the UC San Diego Library,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Many of her amazing and distinctive works of art are housed in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, and they have appeared in numerous Library exhibitions and artistic collaborations. Most recently, Joyce made a generous gift to establish the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Archives Program Fund at the UC San Diego Library. We are pleased to award this citation to Joyce in honor of her legacy of support and as an inspiration to others in the pursuit of knowledge, creativity, and transformational discovery.”
At the University of California San Diego, plans are underway for one of the campus’s favorite traditions—the annual birthday party held on March 2 for beloved author, artist, and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. This year marks the author’s 113th birthday, a celebration that coincides with national Read Across America Day.
Dr. Seuss fans near and far are invited to attend the noontime celebration on Thursday, March 2, to be held in front of Geisel Library, the campus’s flagship building named for Theodor and Audrey Geisel in 1995. University Librarian Brian Schottlaender will host the birthday festivities, which will include cake, as well as a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat and Seussian musical entertainment by The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, directed by the Library’s Scott Paulson. In addition to the birthday party, an exhibit of materials from the Dr. Seuss Collection will be on view through March 24 in Geisel Library. Read more…
Founding faculty member Harold Cohen created AARON, the first computer program designed to produce art.
The UC San Diego Library pays tribute to the university’s stellar Visual Arts Department on its 50th anniversary, with three rich and diverse exhibitions reflecting the amazing creativity and innovation achieved by faculty and students over the last five decades. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives and Collection Development & Management programs have collaborated with the Visual Arts Department and the UC San Diego Faculty Club in presenting the following exhibitions:
“Artists & Language: Celebrating 50 Years of UC San Diego’s Visual Arts”
October 24, 2016 – January 4, 2016; Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor
Program & Reception: November 4
● 3-5 pm
● Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Original works of art, artists’ books, and unique archival pieces from Special Collections document the intersection of art and language in the works of faculty and graduates of the Visual Arts Department. Examining the myriad ways UC San Diego artists have embraced language as a part of their art practices, demonstrating how Visual Arts has become a leader in the development and advancement of contemporary art. Read more…
Photo Credit: Bob Ross Photography
Lynda Claassen, the UC San Diego Library’s longtime director of Special Collections & Archives, recently received the Excellence in Stewardship Award from the UC San Diego Foundation, in recognition of her long history of building and sustaining excellent relationships with donors to the Library.
During her more than 30-year tenure as director of the Library’s Special Collections and Archives, Lynda has become well-known for her collaborations—often over many years—with donors of gifts of rare and archival materials.
“There is no question that Lynda’s many efforts have raised the caliber of our distinctive collections and the reputation of the Library” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. “But, more importantly, she has been committed to ensuring that the rare materials entrusted to us are properly cared for, in accordance with the desires of those donors who have given us their treasures for safekeeping and long-term preservation.” Read more…
Mark Twain, The Jumping Frog, 2014 Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1985.
The UC San Diego Library will host an exhibition of fine press books, limited edition books, fine bindings, and one-of-a-kind artists’ books to be held at Geisel Library from September 6 through October 16, 2016. Members of the public are invited to the opening reception for Look, A Book!, which is sponsored by the California Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers on Saturday, September 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibition—which includes the works of 24 members of the Guild of Book Workers—will present a broad range of book structures, letterpress printing, fine and design binding, and unique artists’ books in a wide variety of media, including photography, walnut ink, handmade sunflower paper, paste papers, and stone veneer. The topics of the artists’ books are equally diverse, and include such titles as News Delivery Systems: A Condensed History, Where Stucco meets Chaparral, On Rooks, Curried Book, The Lone Ranger, and The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain. The exhibition, which includes nearly 50 works, showcases traditional book arts as well as more innovative 21st century interpretations of books. A fully illustrated catalogue is available.
“I’m delighted that we are able to host this year’s California Chapter Guild of Book Workers exhibition in Geisel Library,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Collaborations like this—which showcase and celebrate the book arts—are especially meaningful to us. The UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections and Archives has a long history of supporting and presenting a wide range of materials crafted by book artists, and has an outstanding collection of artists’ books and limited edition fine press books. The Look, A Book! exhibition reflects our continuing interest in partnering with groups like the Guild to engage the campus and local communities and to support book artists and their distinctive works of art.” Read more…
Every four years, American voters go to the polls to cast their ballot (or, increasingly, mail in their ballot) to elect the nation’s commander-in-chief. With less than six months away from this year’s presidential election, the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives has mounted an exhibit of presidential papers that takes the long view, back to the nation’s first president, George Washington.
Hail to the Chief!— which is on display in Geisel Library until August 31—includes a wide range of materials from the manuscript and book collections of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. According to Lynda Claassen, director of Special Collections & Archives, although the presidency has never been an area of focus for the Library, a number of intriguing items have accumulated over the years. The Library’s holdings now include at least one item related to each of the nation’s 43 presidents, said Claassen, from a letter written in 1778 from Valley Forge by founding father George Washington, the first U.S. president, to a citation sent by President Barack Obama to UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla.
One item featured in the exhibit was actually owned by America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson. A copy of C. F. Volney’s Les ruines, ou Meditation sur les revolutions des empires (1791), a book Jefferson reputedly loved and agreed to translate it into English. Anonymously, as Jefferson was mindful of both controversial issues in the book and the fact that a presidential election year was coming up. Read more…