Diane Arbus

Today’s featured find is a vintage photography publication, showcasing the work of Diane Arbus. The magazine itself is appealingly large (you’ll find it in our oversized collection), and affords each photograph ample page space. The only accompanying text to these vignettes of the 60’s is the year they were shot, allowing the images to speak for themselves. My favorite is a two-page center-fold style photo of a tattooed man laying in the grass with a lit cigarette held firmly between his fingers, gazing intensely at the camera.

Every photo has a sense of quiet moodiness to it- a sort of everyday surrealism. In another photo, a muscular man in weightlifting shorts wears a champion medal and stands by a large trophy, wearing an unreadable expression on his face in a spare room. Looking at these photos, the mind wanders through the curious scenes depicted and invents stories about the people and places therein. Strange and beautiful, this is definitely a magazine to get lost in.







Check it out!

Mary J Wilson

Bakelite Style



Looking for illustration inspiration? Bakelite Style contains page after page of beautiful Deco-era whatnots all made from the original plastic, developed by Belgian chemist Leo Hendrick Baekeland in 1907.

Everything in this book is completely charming, from the white-and-seafoam-green-flecked toast holder to the three-foot-tall champagne bottle radio. Just imagine the person who owned that radio. You could design a room around a thing like that. In any case, I bet whoever it was threw spectacular parties.

Flipping through these pages makes me want to invent a time machine to return to an era with better style than ours and never come back. But since I haven’t yet finished drawing up the plans for such a machine, for now the best I can do is let my imagination sink into the sumptuous Deco curves and concoct houses and people to go along with all of these beguiling Bakelite oddities. And really, that’s not so bad either.






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Mary J. Wilson



Today’s featured find is from our pamphlet collection. Don’t let the word “pamphlet” dull your interest though- this little booklet is loaded with nothing but mind-bending, full-page photos of ordinary materials (cork, paper, fabric, etc) folded into awesomely complex things.

Basically, it’s perfect for flipping through when you need inspiration, no matter what you work with. There are even step-by-step photos to give you an idea of how some of the materials were folded, and let’s be real, who here doesn’t love nerding out over materials?

Find it in the pamphlet section, above the reference books in the study nook.





Check it out!

Mary J. Wilson



Check It Out!


I’m Mary, and I’ll be posting all the interesting things I find while shelving books during my work study shift.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’m That Girl With The Purple Hair. If I’m not in the library, I’m usually lurking around Book Arts or hiding out in my thesis studio.

If you’d like to know me personally (or, you know, if you want help finding a book or something), stop by! I’m here Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon til two.

And if you’re not feeling as amped about the library as I am, check out our coffee!

It’s free and is loaded with delicious, nutritious caffeine, to perk you up and get the old noggin in gear for some serious book ogling.


Check it out!

Mary J Wilson

Summer’s coming…

Isn’t that great?! Although many people in our community are incredibly busy right now, the end of the semester is upon us and the glorious summer is right around the corner. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for a wonderful Spring semester, and to wish you all a happy break.

A couple reminders:

The library is open during the summer break! Please take advantage of that! Our hours are reduced, however, so please plan accordingly.

Monday-Thursday 12:00-4:00 pm

If you’re not going to be in the area during the break, please remember to return your library materials before you wander off.

Let me know if you have questions, and hope to see you this summer!




BFA Thesis Oral Exhibitions

Join us in the Hoffman Gallery today as we honor the fourth week of thesis exhibitions!

We’ve already seen some outstanding work from our graduating artists, so come check out the next batch this afternoon.

Here’s the schedule in its entirety:


Students in the college’s BFA, Certificate and Post-baccalaureate Programs spend their final year perfecting their craft in the creation of an original body of work that reflects their personal and conceptual ideas, and finely tuned craftsmanship. This entire learning experience culminates in the exhibition of their work.

Week 1 April 6-10
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 2 April 13-17
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 13, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 3 April 20-24
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 20, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 4 April 27-May1
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 27, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 5 May 4-8
Post -Baccalaureate & Certificate Exhibition
* Opening Reception Wednesday, May 4, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Heidi Schwegler At Bullseye Projects: The Emotional Life Of Objects

MFA AC+D Chair Heidi Schwegler exhibits work at Bullseye Projects, on view from January 6 – March 26, 2016.

Err, cast glass, 2015

“Bullseye Projects presents a group exhibition that examines our complex relationship with objects through the mixed media sculpture of Silvia Levenson, Dante Marioni, and Heidi Schwegler. The Emotional Life of Objects will be on view January 6 –March 26, 2016.

Humans have a complex relationship with objects, which can be seen as mundane artifacts but also become enmeshed with meaning through human use. We often use objects as placeholders for our emotions, for memories, and as extensions of ourselves. They are imbued with useful, aesthetic, or sentimental purpose and this can be fulfilled, exploited, ignored or frustrated. The lives of objects are rich and full. Each object is the culmination of the history that made its creation possible and the individual story of where it has been. The work in The Emotional Life of Objects looks past the commonplace or decorative appearance of objects to find the ways in which our lives are entangled with theirs.”

Bullseye Projects
300 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon