ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

Month: December 2010

2011 Chapter Elections – Voting now open

Please cast your vote for the 2011 ARLIS/DC-MD-VA chapter officers and the proposed bylaws amendment. You may access the ballot at:

Voting will remain open until 5:00 pm on Friday, December 31st. The results will be announced on Monday, January 3rd.

Thank you to the chapter members who volunteered to run or considered running in this year’s election.

Call for Candidates

Eligible members are encouraged to volunteer to run for office in the upcoming chapter elections. We are seeking candidates for the offices of Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect for 2011 and Secretary/Treasurer for 2011-2012.

The responsibilities for both roles are described in the Chapter Bylaws.

Please submit your nomination for candidacy by December 16, 2010. The election will be conducted through online using Survey Monkey. A link to the ballot will be sent to the listserv on December 17th, with ballots due by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 31st. The results will be announced on Monday, January 3rd, 2011.

Picturing the Victorians

Picturing the Victorians: British Photographs and Reproductive Prints from the Department of Image Collections

On view at the National Gallery of Art Study Center, East Building, Ground Floor through January 28, 2011 (Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

British 19th Century, "A Sunday Afternoon in a Picture Gallery" from "The Graphic," February 8, 1879, wood engraving, Department of Image Collections, National Gallery of Art Library

This exhibition presents twenty-two nineteenth-century photographs and reproductive prints from the department of image collections at the National Gallery of Art Library. Organized to accompany The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848–1875 (on view through January 30, 2011), this show highlights resources for the study of Victorian art and culture. By the 1850s a wide range of art reproductions, made possible by recent advances in printmaking and photographic processes, were available in Britain. These images, selected from the department’s rare holdings, document the work of Victorian artists including Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and George Frederic Watts, as well as significant exhibitions and collections of the period. Continue reading

VMFA: My Home Museum

by Sarah Osborne Bender

As a native of Richmond, I attended the ARLIS DC-MD-VA chapter meeting at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on November 5, 2010 with great anticipation. The first thing I noticed about the newly rebuilt, reinstalled, and renovated institution was how beautifully the city’s stately Boulevard extended the museum’s interior space through a seemingly permeable glass wall. The Ryan McGinness mural Art History is not Linear (VMFA), hanging high in the atrium, made me feel like part of the in-crowd as I decoded hidden icons from the collection’s best-loved works layered in his graffiti wallpaper. Escorted by a docent with a true Richmond accent, our tour group made its way up in to new galleries; light-filled, open spaces connected to the older structure by floating bridges. This was the museum that introduced me to art. Now I stood in front of one of the museum’s new acquisitions; a vast, busy space with decorations dangling, frozen in mid-air, as if a tablecloth had just been yanked out from under everything in the universe. Appropriately, in the museum where I had my experiences of art, I was seeing my first Julie Merehtu (Stadia III) in person. Continue reading

2011 Elections / Bylaws Amendment

Two positions will be included on the 2011 ballot: Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer. We received nominations for both positions at the chapter meeting in November but all eligible members are invited to self-nominate or suggest a fellow member as a candidate. Please e-mail nominations directly to Yuki Hibben by Friday, December 10th. The responsibilities for these roles are described in the Chapter Bylaws under Article IV.

The 2011 ballot will also include a vote to amend the chapter bylaws. This revision will add a new article on appointments and will include two positions: Web Manager and Content Editor. The Content Editor will replace the current position of Newsletter Editor as the chapter develops new ways of delivering and sharing content. Please find the text for the proposed article below. The ARLIS/NA Executive Board has approved the article but an amendment also requires receive a two-thirds majority approval from chapter members.

Article V. Appointments

  • A. Web Manager: Shall be appointed by the Chapter Chair for a term of two years, renewable on a yearly basis after the initial term. Duties include managing all aspects of the Chapter’s Web site including design, technology, content, and communications.
  • B. Content Editor(s): Shall be appointed by the Chapter Chair for a term of two years, renewable on a yearly basis after the initial term. Duties include gathering, editing, and publishing content.

Please contact Yuki Hibben at if you have any questions about the elections or bylaws amendment.

Job Posting: Visual Resources Specialist

Visual Resources Specialist

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is seeking a Visual Resources Specialist for part-time employment. A full position description and requirements may be found here (pdf). Interested candidates should submit their resume, letter of interest, and salary requirements to (preferred method) or fax to (202) 966-1623. Please note that position includes benefits. Principals only.