Third Space Series Event: Exploring Library Resources for Working Artists

Nelson-Atkins Reference Library Starr  

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Spencer Art Reference Library
4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO  64111

Thursday, September 6, 2012 
6:30 to 8:00 pm

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. 

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Exploring Library Resources for Working Artists 
This workshop is presented by the Spencer Art Reference Library of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  The presentation features a group discussion centered on a bibliography of library resources relevant to artists working in a variety of fields and a tour of the library’s facilities.  The Spencer Art Reference Library’s aim is to offer artists a research space with reliable resources and an awareness of the library and its mission to provide public services to the community.  The bibliography includes valuable resources about managing and marketing an artistic career as well as resources for creative inspiration.  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 see a selection of the library’s treasures from Special Collections.

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.

About Our 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 and the Museum Archives.  Prior to joining the Nelson-Atkins in 2006, she was the assistant director for collection development and supervised the Special Collections Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries.  Her background includes 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 current visiting assistant professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History.  She teaches and offers consultations on research in art history methodology at the Spencer Art Reference Library.  Carbonell serves as an advisory board member for the UMKC School of Medicine, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program.  Among her interests are rare books, prints, and artists’ books.   Carbonell curated a UMKC Libraries exhibition, “The Press of the Text: rare books and artists’ books of the 20th century,” participated in the planning of the 2007 Southern Graphics Council conference in Kansas City, and presented on art libraries at professional meetings.

Scott Easterday
Scott Easterday is a Library Assistant at the Spencer Art Reference Library at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. He has 18 years experience working in libraries both Technical and Public Services. Easterday is also a professional Musician and Music Producer. He is a songwriter and musician who has been performing music, producing recordings and promoting concerts for over 20 years. He has performed in a variety of ensembles ranging from rock and country to classical and jazz. Easterday has appeared on several studio recordings and has produced or co-produced some of them. He has been producing and promoting concerts beginning with the KC Spirit Fest in the 1990s and is now the Kansas City host of the New York based multi-city Love Hangover Showcase. He has also promoted countless other concerts and venues. Easterday has also written review articles in the performing arts and produced preview videos for 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 an alumnus of ArtistINC, Spring 2011.

Tracey Boswell
Tracey Boswell is a librarian at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art specializing in both Technical and Public Services: Reference Service, Library Instruction, and Cataloging. She has been a librarian for three years and was previously a professor of Art History for twelve years. She taught 20th Century Art, Ancient to Renaissance and Renaissance to Modern in classrooms and online at Johnson County Community College and other institutions. Her degrees are a B.A. in Art from the University of Northern Iowa, an M.A. in Art History from the University of Kansas and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. Boswell creates museum artwork research guides and database usage guides. She provides personal research assistance. She gives research presentations and library tours. She also makes quilts and quilted items for family and friends.

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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