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About the Arts Collection

The Arts Collection brings together, in digital form, primary and secondary materials relating to the creative arts as broadly defined: visual, literary, musical, and performing.

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The American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: The Suzuki Method in Action

 The American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: The Suzuki Method in Action  Videos in the collection Japanese violinist and educator, Shinichi Suzuki, was born on Oct. 17, 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. Though his father owned a violin factory, Suzuki did not appreciate the beautiful tone of a string instrument until, as a 17 year old, he heard violinist Mischa Elman’s recording of Schubert’s Ave Maria. After hearing the recording he went to the factory, picked out a violin and bow, and spent days trying to imitate what he heard. He began formal violin study a few years later, and at 22, had the chance to study in Germany. His own beginning attempts on the violin, and the experience of learning the German language as an adult, influenced Dr. Suzuki’s later ideas about teaching children. This collection is comprised of digitized video. You may need to download the free real media player to view the videos.

Art Department Faculty Exhibition Catalogues

Arts in Society In 1974, the UW-Madison Art Department and the Elvehjem Art Center (later the Elvehjem Museum of Art, now the Chazen Museum of Art) began a regular series of group art exhibitions showcasing the works of Art Department faculty. Occurring every four years, the exhibitions provided and continue to provide an opportunity for faculty to display their creative work to students and the community at large. Each exhibition has been documented with a printed catalogue, and these catalogues are presented here in full-text online. The catalogues are a rich historical record, containing remarks by the museum director and department chair, photographs of faculty with statements and biography, and illustrated with photographs of the exhibited works themselves. From catalogue to catalogue, one can chart the evolving nature of the artists' work, the department's faculty, and the creative atmosphere of the UW-Madison campus.

Arts in Society

Arts in Society Arts in Society (1958-1976) is an interdisciplinary journal that "discusses, interprets, and illustrates the various roles of the arts in contemporary society." In scope, the journal defines the arts broadly to include music, literature, theater, dance, film, and visual arts. Arts in Society was published by the University of Wisconsin, University Extension Division, between 1958 and 1976, appearing irregularly, one to four times per year, often in thematic issues. Individual issues include titles such as: Government in Art (1963), Arts and the Black Revolution (1968), Arts of Activism (1969), Women and the Arts (1974), and Arts in Academe (1975). Each issue contains individually authored articles, essays, poems, and interviews by both University of Wisconsin-Madison and non-campus-affiliated contributors. This journal is significant both for its information content and as a primary source reflecting the artistic climate and discourse of the 1960s. Full text of all issues is provided here, and both browsing and keyword searching are enabled. The journal Arts in Society has also been selectively indexed in citation services including: America: History and Life; Current Index to Journals in Education; Historical Abstracts; M.L.A. International Bibliography; Philosopher's Index; Psychological Abstracts; Abstracts of English Studies; and ARTbibliographies Modern.

The Bone Folder's Guild & the Wisconsin Book Festival - Sixty Books, Sixty Libraries

Sixty BooksThis digital collection was a collaborative book arts, writing and journaling project for the people of south central Wisconsin. The book collection was originally hosted by the South Central Library System (SCLS), and produced by the Bone Folders’ Guild (BFG), a book arts group based in Madison. This project was supported by a Madison CitiARTS grant.

Casselman Archive of Islamic and Mudejar Architecture in Spain

Casselman Image

This collection contains over four thousand color slides and black and white photographs of medieval Spain taken by the late Eugene Casselman (1912-1996) during his thirty years of travel throughout the Iberian peninsula. The images span over one thousand years of architectural history, from the seventh to the seventeenth century. The majority of the slides focus on the Mudejar style, an ornate court style largely inspired by Spanish Islamic architecture that was shared among Islamic, Jewish, and Christian cultures during the later Middle Ages in Spain. He even began writing a book-length manuscript on Mudejar architecture, which he never completed.

Ediciones Eloísa Cartonera Book Covers

Eloisa CartoneraFollowing Argentina's economic collapse in late 2001, the Eloisa Cartonera company arose from the ruins in Almagro, a lower middle-class neighborhood in Buenos Aires. In a broken-down shop on Guardia Street, young writers and artists have established an art gallery and bookshop that serves as the public face of Eloisa Cartonera, a publishing house that makes original books from recycled cardboard and cheap prints and sells them for less than 5 pesos ($1.60) each, about a third the price of a conventional paperback. The book covers are printed with rough stencils and poster paints. UW-Madison, Memorial Library Special Collections houses the collection.

Folk Figures: A Survey of Norwegian and Norwegian-American Artifacts

Folk Figures: A Survey of Norwegian and Norwegian-American Artifacts in Wisconsin Folk Figures: A Survey of Norwegian and Norwegian-American Artifacts brings together, in digital form, a virtual exhibit of objects ranging from the 17th century through the 1930's that depict animals, humans, birds, fish, or supernatural figures. These figures provide unique insight into the folk beliefs, social, religious, cultural, and political influences conveyed through the objects. Folk art constitutes the largest part of the survey but it is juxtaposed with a smaller grouping of professionally or commercially produced objects expressing characteristics of the national romantic movement or the Viking revival period around the turn of the 20th century. Unlike traditions such as Norwegian chip carving and rosemaling, figures tend to be an art of individual expression. However, these artifacts do suggest long held figure associations with certain household objects, such as the horse, a fertility symbol, often serving as the handle on mangle boards, which were known to be given as betrothal gifts. The collection is an expanding project. Currently, there are over 80 objects and 200 images. Each entry includes a full image of the artifact, detail images, and is accompanied by basic artifact information. <more>

Japanese Illustrated Books from the late Edo period

Illustrated Shakespeare Fifteen titles of Edo-period (1600-1868) Japanese woodblock-printed books are included in this online collection. The books are predominantly pictorial, with illustrations designed by artists such as Nishikawa Sukenobu, Katsushika Hokusai, Kono Bairei and Ando Hiroshige.<more>

Notes from the Stone-paved Path: Meditations on North India, by Lewis Koch

Lewis Koch; Notes from the Stone-paved Path: Meditations on North India In this project, Lewis Koch has paired photographs he made in the north of India in 1995-96 with pages photographed from books pertaining to this region among the holdings of Memorial Library. This keepsake features a selection of Koch's photo-text diptychs, along with a bibliography of the books in question, some fifty in the full project. The books themselves speak to themes ranging from agricultural economics and autobiography to short stories, and reflect sensibilities from the mid-14th century to scholarship of the late 20th century. This is an electronic facsimile of a print keepsake produced in conjunction with an exhibit by the same title in the Department of Special Collections in fall 2003. The exhibit consisted of Koch's photographic diptychs paired with books from Memorial Library. For further information, please write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rural Artists of Wisconsin, by John Rector Barton

Rural Artists of WisconsinJohn Rector Barton's Rural Artists of Wisconsin (copyright 1948 by the Regents of the University of Wisconsin) was originally published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the University of Wisconsin. The book showcases the life and work of thirty non- professional Wisconsin artists who participated in Rural Art Exhibitions held at UW-Madison Memorial Union. It also provides a complete listing of all works on display at the 1940-1948 series of Rural Art Exhibitions organized by the Rural Art Committee in cooperation with the Student Union Gallery Committee. The UWDCC Arts Collection is indebted to Arthur O. Hove for suggesting this title for digitization as a valuable resource on the history of visual arts in Wisconsin. The UWDCC celebrates its one millionth digitized image from within this book. Rural Artists of Wisconsin is a University of Wisconsin Press publication.