The Hoehn Print Study Room is a research center located in Founders Hall and administered by Derrick Cartwright, the director of University Galleries at the University of San Diego. The Study Room provides housing of the university’s significant print collection and offers a print book reference collection to support study of the prints. Copley Library partnered with University Galleries in April 2013 to add bibliographic records for the Study Room print books.
The Technical Services department of Copley worked with the Study Room staff throughout 2013 and 2014 to provide access to the material through the library’s online catalog. The library catalog now contains over 1,500 titles located in the Study Room, with over 95% of this material unique to the university. The collection provides deep coverage of 19th and 20th century Western art, particularly the art and study of print-making, and includes classic sets such as The Illustrated Bartsch and two early 20th century series on the subject by Friedrich Hollstein.
The Hoehn Print Study Room book collection is now arranged in order by the Library of Congress Classification System. To search for the complete print collection of Hoehn titles in the library catalog, search on “Hoehn Print Study Room Collection”. Print book materials in the Study Room are not circulated but can be used on location. The Study Room is accessible to scholars on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and by appointment. For more information, contact Erin Maynes, the Hoehn Print Study Room curator.
“I don’t tell the acorn or gardenia seed pod or plum bar what color I want – I listen to the voice of the plants.” – Fukumi Shimura
The Kyoto Symposium is an annual event in San Diego to recognize the recipients of the Kyoto Prize, an international award honoring contributions that have significance to humankind’s scientific, cultural, and spiritual development. The sponsor of the Prize, the Inamori Foundation of Japan, and other supporters provide funds to the hosts to offer the Symposium at no charge to the public. As a co-host, the University of San Diego welcomes the winner in the Arts and Philosophy prize category.
This year’s Kyoto Symposium at USD features the 2014 Arts and Philosophy Kyoto Prize Laureate, Fukumi Shimura. Ms. Shimura developed an original style of art in her dyeing and weaving of tsumugi kimonos, the kimonos of the common folk. Using plants to produce vegetable dyes, Ms. Shimura creates a colorful palette that connects human existence with nature. Upon her award, the Inamori Foundation produced this video of Shimura explaining her dyeing process, with an emphasis on Japanese indigo, and highlighting the two-year training program on the technique through her school, Ars Shimura. Declared a “national living treasure” by the Japanese government, Ms. Shimura will speak at USD in the Shiley Theatre on March 19 about her craft and the influence of nature’s colors on her plant-dyed yarns used in the process. (Image source)
Copley Library is currently sponsoring an exhibit of Ms. Shimura’s publications and library resources related to her craft. The exhibit includes the digital video in which she explains her dyeing and weaving process. Click here for more information about Ms. Shimura.