Exploring Library Resources for Working Artists

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Spencer Art Reference Library
4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

Thursday, October 16th
6:30 - 8:00pm

Doors open at 6:00 pm and speakers begin promptly at 6:30 pm.  Members of the Nelson-atkins Museum park free in the garage.  Parking for non-members is $5.00.  The Third Space series is free and open to the public.  As seating for the event is limited, advance registration is requested.  To confirm your participation, please click on the "Register Now" button below. ​​

Exploring Library Resources for Working Artists is presented by the Spencer Art Reference Library of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  The presentation features a group discussion centered on library resources relevant to artists working in a variety of fields and a behind-the-scenes tour of the library’s facilities.  The Spencer Art Reference Library offers research space with reliable resources about managing and marketing an artistic career as well as resources for creative inspiration.

Participants in this program will also learn about a new library initiative to document the careers of working artists working in this region through the Artist Files project.  We’ll discuss what types of materials the library is collecting in these files and how artists can contribute to this exciting documentation project.  The discussion is led by library staff members, including an Artist INC alumnus.  Join the discussion, take a tour of the library’s facilities, both public and behind-the-scenes, and explore a display of materials of interest to the working artist.  Enjoy happy hour in the Bloch Lobby before or afterward the session and the Third Thursday events.

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Located in the Bloch Building of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Spencer Art Reference Library is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday and by appointment on Tuesdays.  Visit the library online at nelson-atkins.org/Library and follow the library on Facebook at SpencerArtReferenceLibrary.

About the Speakers: 

Marilyn Carbonell 
Marilyn Carbonell is the head of library services at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which includes the Spencer Art Reference Library, the Museum Archives, and the Visual Resources Library.  Before 2006, she was the assistant director for collection development, including the Special Collections Department, at the University Libraries of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Carbonell is also a current adjunct assistant professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History. She teaches and offers research consultations in art history methodology.  Her community service includes the advisory board for the UMKC School of Medicine, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program, and the community advisory board for KCUR-FM, Kansas City.  She has degrees in Art History (B.A., Knox College; M.A., University of Iowa) and a master’s degree in Library Science, Northern Illinois University. She is a member of the Print Society of Kansas City, and will be presenting on the Artist File Initiative at the Nelson-Atkins Museum: Supporting Artists and Community Engagement, at the College Art Association conference, February 2015 in New York.

Scott Easterday 
Scott Easterday is a Library Assistant at the Spencer Art Reference Library at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. He has around two decades experience in libraries and as a professional musician in the local music community. Easterday is Membership Coordinator on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Music Foundation. He is a past contributor to KCMetropolis, Kansas City’s online journal of the performing arts. Easterday holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with focus hours in History from the University of Missouri—Kansas City. He is a Spring 2011 alumnus of the Artist INC program.

Tracey Boswell 
Tracey Boswell is a Catalog and Reference Librarian at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She has been a librarian for five years and previously taught Art History for twelve years at Johnson County Community College and other institutions. She taught 20th Century Art, Ancient to Renaissance, and Renaissance to Modern Art in classrooms and online. Her degrees are a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University, an M.A. in Art History from the University of Kansas, and a B.A. in Art from the University of Northern Iowa. Boswell catalogs the artist files and digital publications, writes museum artwork research guides, database usage guides, and subject bibliographies. She provides individual research assistance. 

Artist INC is a collaborative partnership of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the UMKC Innovation Center. Major support is provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 
and the Missouri Arts Council.

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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Lisa Cordes at  lisa@maaa.org

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