ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Category: Social

Archives of American Art Symposium on American Art History and Digital Scholarship

Please join us on November 15, 2013 for the symposium American Art History and Digital Scholarship: New Avenues for Exploration organized by the Archives of American Art and generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art. The purpose of the symposium is to convene scholars, curators, archivists, librarians, graduate students, technical experts, and the public to consider American art history in a digital world.  We will examine ways to integrate digital tools and/or resources into the study of American art and to encourage collaboration.

To register online or see the day’s schedule, see our website.

~Bettina C. Smith, Librarian, Digital Projects, Archives of American Art

October 25, 2013: Wikipedia Loves Libraries at the Smithsonian!


A Wikipedia Loves Libraries Editathon at the Smithsonian AA/PG Library, focusing on American Artists at the World’s Columbian Exposition.

This event will include new editor training, an afternoon Editathon, and an evening happy hour. No experience necessary–technical or subject!


1:00pm-5:00pm on Friday, October 25, 2013, with a group happy hour at Capital City Brewery after.


AA/PG Library

The Victor Building
750 9th Street NW, Suite 2100
Washington, D.C. 20560

The American Art/Portrait Gallery branch of the Smithsonian Libraries is on the 2nd floor. Photo ID and pre-registration for the event are required.


Wikimedia DC & the Smithsonian Institution. Contact me or Diane Shaw at with questions.


The Editathon will focus on the American artists of the World’s Columbian Exposition.

With approximately 1200 American artists participating in the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, it was the largest exhibition of American art ever assembled at the time. Many artists are well-known today—Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent—but many do not have such recognizable names, much less quality Wikipedia articles. Please join us to mine library books, journals, curatorial files, Art & Artist Files, and all the online resources the Smithsonian Libraries can provide, to expand and improve information on great American artists at the Fair!

Smithsonian Libraries Meetup & Editathon 2013 is part of Wikipedia Loves Libraries (WLL) 2013, the third annual continent-wide campaign to bring Wikipedians, librarians, and archivists together with on-site events. Running this fall throughout October and November, WLL coincides with the celebration of Open Access Week (THIS WEEK!) and American Archives Month.

Hope to see you Friday,

~Anne Evenhaugen, Reference Librarian, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library

Field of Vision: Landscape in the Artist’s Book

Please join us for Field of Vision: Landscape in the Artist’s Book on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the American Art & Portrait Gallery Library, Suite 2100, Victor Building 750 Ninth Street, NW Washington, D.C.

See the link for more information: Field of Vision: Landscape in the Artist’s Book

We promise a little wine, some munchies, and some lovely works of art in book form.

-Anne Evenhaugen, Reference Librarian, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Archives of American Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are teaming up to organize a workshop and edit-a-thon focused on improving Wikipedia entries related to notable women artists and art world figures.

There are three goals for this project. The first is to facilitate knowledge creation about the history and achievements of inspirational women artists and other women in the arts. The second is to encourage inexperienced editors (especially women) to contribute to Wikipedia. The third goal is to increase awareness about the research resources freely available through these libraries, archives, and museums.

Follow this link for more information on participating in the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. Volunteers can participate in person or remotely.

Meet up to see Doug Aitken’s SONG 1

If you’re in DC or will be in the DC area on Monday, May 7, please join us for an  informal ARLIS/DMV meet-up outside the Hirshhorn to see Doug Aitken’s projection and sound piece, SONG 1. The work is on view everyday, sunset to midnight until May 13. We’ll meet on Monday, May 7 at 8pm on the Mall-side steps of the Hirshhorn along Jefferson Drive.

Bring along anyone you like, especially any colleagues, students, volunteers, or interns you think might be interested in joining our chapter. For late-nighters, post-viewing discussion and drinks are encouraged!