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Featured Student Artists: Tay Butler

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library encourages student artists to apply for a chance to exhibit their work inside the library. Student exhibits run for three months and are archived in the UH Digital Library.

This week, we will feature student artists whose work was selected for exhibition.


Tay Butler is a photographer and collage artist who challenges history and memory and repurposes archives, found material and original photography to create both familiar and new compositions and perspectives from which to view that history. Butler is a student at the University of Houston, in his senior year of the School of Art’s Photography and Digital Media block program. With an expected graduation date of May 2019 and intentions to continue studies after graduation, Butler is consistently building a portfolio of work and exhibitions that include spaces all over Houston, Texas like the Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Art Asylum, and Noble Artisan.

Tay Butler

Tay Butler

Tay Butler’s American Geographic is on display through April 2019, and is free and open to the public.

Blind Date with a Book

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library is hosting “Blind Date with a Book” for the month of February.

Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

Students are encouraged to check out a “blind date” book from the Architecture, Design, and Art Library display, unwrap it, and read it. Students can fill out the “Rate Your Date” form included with the book, even if it was not finished. Return the form by February 28 to enter a prize drawing.

Register Today for the UH Libraries Data Event

University of Houston Libraries will host a free event featuring topics in data on Thursday, February 14. Faculty, staff, and students (especially grad students) are encouraged to attend. Register

Register for the Love Data @ UH event

Register for the Love Data @ UH event

Love Data @ UH Schedule

Sessions will be held at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion in the MD Anderson Library.

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration

9:00 – 9:10
Welcome
Lisa German, Dean of UH Libraries

9:10 – 10:30
Data for All Disciplines
Faculty panel:

  • Kathryn Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology 
  • Ioannis Pavlidis, Eckhard-Pfeiffer Professor, Department of Computer Science
  • Norman Johnson, Professor, Chair of Decision and Information Sciences, Bauer College of Business
  • Rodolfo Ostilla Mónico, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering 
  • Temple Northup, Associate Professor of Communication, Director of Jack J. Valenti School of Communication

Moderator: Dr. Claude Willan, Director of Digital Research Commons

10:30 – 11:00
The UH Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute
Dr. Andrea Prosperetti, Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute

11:00 – 11:15
Break

11:15 – Noon
Cross – Classified Random Effects Models in Psychology and Education
Dr. David Francis, Director of Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES)

Noon – 1:00
Lunch: Pizza

1:00 – 2:00
Connecting Changemakers with Data
Jie Wu, Director of Research Management at Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research

2:00 – 3:00
Collections as Data
Wenli Gao, Data Services Librarian; Anne Washington, Coordinator of Metadata Services; Emily Vinson, Audiovisual Archivist

Love Data @ UH is sponsored by UH Libraries, UH Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute, and TIMES.

Register

Student Art Exhibit Opens February 1

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents Tay Butler's American Geographic on Friday, February 1.

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents Tay Butler’s American Geographic on Friday, February 1.

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library is pleased to present American Geographic by student artist Tay Butler. The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 1 at 5 p.m., with light refreshments. The exhibit will be on view through April 2019, and is free and open to the public.

Butler is an undergraduate student in Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston. With an expected graduation date of May 2019 and intentions to continue studies, Butler is consistently building a portfolio of work and exhibitions that include spaces all over Houston, Texas, such as the Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Art Asylum, and Noble Artisan.

A 20-year retired Army veteran with a background in power plant engineering, Butler completely transformed his life by walking away from a well-paying occupation in search of purpose and self-expression. Acknowledging the 2014 death of Mike Brown as the catalyst, he began his journey backwards into the archives of black history; including that of his own family. With a 23-hour U-Haul truck expedition through the snowstorms of Wisconsin to Houston, Butler began his studies at UH in the fall of 2015.

Initially choosing graphic design as a possible career path, Butler soon uncovered a deep love for photography. Studying the likes of Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, and Carrie Mae Weems led him to the work of his biggest influences, Lorna Simpson and Romare Bearden, where his obsession with collage was born. He soon began combining original photography of Milwaukee with found images of people of color to reframe his memory of home. When not exploring his past landscapes visually, he confronted his hometown’s history through media archives. Acknowledging a need for community, Butler began to do the very same in his new home of Houston.

New Exhibit: The Photography of Ben DeSoto

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present reflects on nearly four decades of work, past and present, produced by Houstonian Ben Tecumseh DeSoto, whose career spans genres of photography and a diversity of human experiences. After discovering his love for what he has called the “scientific magic” of the photographic process, DeSoto followed his passion for photography to a career chronicling his city. DeSoto has consistently challenged the viewer to see beyond static images of Houston, to look more deeply instead at the individual or community narrative behind the photograph.

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present

Presented thematically, the exhibit showcases DeSoto’s documentation of Houston: portraits of local visual artists and musicians from fringe music and arts scenes, fine art photography, journalism, as well as his life’s work, the Understanding Poverty Project. Through photographs, news clippings, and audiovisual materials, Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present tells the story of Houston — across class and race — and forces the viewer to move beyond conventional thinking.

Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto will be on display at the MD Anderson Library from January 14 – May 1. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cruces or Mary Manning.

Student Art Exhibit Opens November 2

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library presents Amira Maruf's Be A Lady on Friday, November 2.

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library presents Amira Maruf’s Be A Lady on Friday, November 2.

The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library is pleased to present Be A Lady by student artist Amira Maruf. The opening reception will be held on Friday, November 2 at 5 p.m., with light refreshments. The exhibit will be on display through January, and is free and open to the public.

Maruf is a Houston-based graphic designer and graduate student whose works explore 2D design to site-specific installations. She received a Bachelor of Arts in public relations with a minor in marketing from the University of Houston. During her undergraduate studies, she found joy in designing campaign collateral, which led her to pursue a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design at UH.

Artist’s statement:

As a graphic designer, I use visual storytelling to exhibit social and environmental issues. With the heart of an anthropologist, my studies are heavily focused on the understanding of people and their interaction with the world around them. I am fascinated by the parts of history that are undocumented, for the uncertainty of the past offers opportunities for new discoveries. By analyzing time and space in relation to environment and culture, I actively look for new ways to encourage public engagement with issues that constitute against them. Inspired by visual artists such as Olafur Elision, Rana Begum, Rashid Johnson, and Candice Lin, my art and design practice questions diverse perspectives and seeks to find and exhibit hidden truths.

Open Access Week 2018

Next week marks Open Access Week 2018 with the theme “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), open access is the “free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open access ensures that anyone can access and use these results – to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.”

Open Access Week 2018

Open Access Week 2018

University of Houston Libraries will host three events to promote open access and to highlight University initiatives related to open access.

  • October 23: Alternative Textbook Incentive Program Reception
    University of Houston faculty are invited to the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP) reception in the Digital Research Commons to celebrate the first winner cohort of the program and to learn more about open educational resources (OER).
  • October 24: #TextbookBroke
    How much did you spend on textbooks this semester? What was your most expensive textbook? Are you #textbookbroke? Stop by to share your answers to these questions and learn about UH’s textbook affordability initiatives: the SGA Textbook Exchange and the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program.
  • October 25: Digital Research Commons Lecture
    UH Honors College faculty member Dan Price will give a lecture, “SAM (Houston on a First Name Basis) Achieving Granularity With Open Access Data,” open to students, faculty, and staff.

Hispanic Theater Collection

A new acquisition in University of Houston Special Collections features posters, photographs, and playbills documenting the origins and renaissance of contemporary Latino community theater.

Hispanic Theater Collection at UH Special Collections

Hispanic Theater Collection at UH Special Collections

Approximately 150 items in the Hispanic Theater Collection were donated by Nicolás Kanellos, PhD, Brown Foundation professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston and director of Arte Público Press and Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, in what is the largest known Latino theater collection. The primary sources created across the United States representing Latino literature, poetry, and theater were collected over a seminal period in history by Kanellos through personal and scholarly involvement.

The collection will be on exhibit twice in 2019; a pop-up exhibition at MD Anderson Library on April 1 – 15 coinciding with Latino Art Now! 2019 Conference and again through the summer.

Visitors can view the collection in the Special Collections Reading Room. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cruces, Hispanic Collections archivist.

View photos of the Hispanic Theater Collection

Banner Project at UH Libraries

Next week, visitors to the University of Houston MD Anderson Library will notice a suite of 40 banners displayed in the atrium. The Banner Project, created by Houston activist Sara Fernandez, is a pop-up exhibit featuring pivotal points in Houston’s LGBT history from the 1930s to present day.

The Banner Project at UH Libraries

The Banner Project at UH Libraries

2018 marks the third year that UH Libraries has partnered with Fernandez to host the banners and promote awareness of diversity and inclusion. Vince Lee, UH Special Collections archivist, stated that the display “encapsulates Houston’s LGBT history: individuals, events, and milestones which have been hard fought to secure recognition and rights which we all enjoy.”

The Banner Project will be on display at the MD Anderson Library by October 11, which is National Coming Out Day, and will remain through the end of the month. Staff from Special Collections will be available with information on the LGBT History Research Collection, as well as outreach from the UH LGBTQ Resource Center.

Edible Books Festival

In honor of Banned Books Week 2018, University of Houston Libraries staff created edible books for exhibition.

Edible Books Festival at UH Libraries

Edible Books Festival at UH Libraries

View event photos