Visionaries + Voices
Visionaries + Voices, a nonprofit arts organization that provides representation, studio space, supplies and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities, curated a display of mail artwork for the exhibit Envelope on display in the Main Atrium Jan. 6–March 10. In the fall of 2013, Visionaries + Voices put out an international call for mail art. With the theme neighborhood and no limitations on medium or size, V+V committed to responding to the first 200 submissions. The response was overwhelming, connecting V+V with an international mail art network. The exhibit, Envelope, showcases relationship-building through art. Unlike most exhibitions sponsored by V+V ─ where art created by artists working from the V+V studios is curated for exhibition ─ what will be on display will be a combination of V+V work and what’s been received from the world highlighting international connections with renowned Fluxus artists.
Althea Hurst Scrapbook Exhibit
In the summer of 1938, Althea Hurst and three fellow African American teachers, Laura Knight, Margaret Duncan and Martha Bush of Cincinnati traveled to Canada, Northern Europe, Nazi Germany, Eastern Europe and France. Their goal was to give authenticity to what they had read and compare their findings to information provided in text books as a way to inspire African American children to travel and broaden their world view.
Hurst documented the journey in a scrapbook and left it to family friend Dr. Houston Brummit, formerly of Walnut Hills, who donated it to the Library as a resource and inspiration and to promote greater understanding for children today and in the future. Included in the scrapbook are photographs, brochures, notes and other memorabilia. Pages of this scrapbook will be on display through Feb. 29 in the Main Library’s second and third floor elevator cases and at the Walnut Hills Branch Library. The entire scrapbook can be viewed in our Digital Library.
For many of us our first exposure to various animals came from children’s books. Childhood memories of trips to the zoo, a farm or the circus also introduced us to domestic animals and exotic wildlife. Many artists and photographers have documented the diverse creatures that share our planet. This exhibit features a wide range of historic books with illustrations of animals found around the world. Animals Illustrated will be in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library through April 24.
Enjoy a visually intriguing exhibit featuring tiny books with lavish illustrations and surprising topics in the Tiny Tomes exhibit. Tiny Tomes: A Peek at the Smallest Books in the Collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be on view in the Popular Library exhibit cases Jan. 18 through March 13.