Meet Our First Artist in Residence

LAIR-logo.jpgThe Claremont Colleges Library is pleased to welcome its first Library Artist in Residence (LAIR), Steve Rowell. During his residency, Rowell will create new artwork that addresses/engages with the Library building, spaces, collections, history, and/or people. This artwork will be displayed in the Library at the end of the residency in a short-term exhibition, for which there will be a public reception on Thursday, April 23, from 5-7 pm. In addition, he will collaborate with Pitzer Prof. Tarrah Krajnak's Art 110 Intermediate Photography classes and will hold open studio hours Mondays and Thursdays 2-5 PM each week through April 30 (except March 23 and 26). The LAIR studio is on Mudd 3rd floor, next to Keck 2.

Steve Rowell.jpgSteve Rowell is a research-based artist who works with still and moving images, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts. Currently based in Los Angeles, he has lived in Berlin, Chicago, and Washington DC, over the past 20 years. His transdisciplinary practice focuses on overlapping aspects of technology, perception, and culture as related to ontology and landscape. Rowell contextualizes the built environment with the surrounding medium of nature; appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer, archeologist, and seer.

For his LAIR project, he will be visiting the Bernard Field Station and in the Library is working with the Water Resources Collection in Special Collections, the California Water Documents collection in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library, as well as with various maps and atlases in the Library's general collection.

The inaugural LAIR program is funded by a generous grant from the Pitzer College Campus Life Committee's Strategic Initiatives Fund.

Library's Statement on Inclusivity

Inclusivity is foundational to the library's Core Values: "We advocate for, support, and further intellectual freedom while respecting and celebrating differences of identity, experience, and perspective." Positioned at the center of the richly diverse Claremont Colleges, the library is committed to providing our students, faculty, and staff with a welcoming and safe space for discovery, intellectual engagement, and reflection.

Claremont Discourse - Curating the Civil War and the West

Please join us on Thursday, February 19 for a Claremont Discourse lecture sponsored by The Claremont Colleges Library.

Curating the Civil War and the West: Stories in 5,000 Square Feet
Carolyn Brucken, curator at the Autry National Center and adjunct professor for Claremont Graduate University
Honnold/Mudd Library, Founders Room | 4:15pm

Dr. Carolyn Brucken speaks to the challenges and possibilities in curating an exhibition on the Civil War and the West. Drawing on the exhibition, scheduled to open in April 2015 at the Autry National Center, this talk explores what is lost and what is gained in the process of bringing academic histories of the Civil War and Western expansion together and in presenting these complex, often contentious, histories within the museum.

All Claremont Discourse lectures are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.

This exhibition showcases many centuries of books from our special collections that librarians and faculty teach with regularly, from ancient clay tablets to innovative printing, to books that are works of art.

The exhibition will be on display in Honnold/Mudd Library, 2nd Floor North Lobby, through the end of March.

For more information about the exhibit, phone 909-607-3977 or email

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