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New Art in the Java City Café


Above: “About to Explode”

University Libraries has recently acquired seven paintings by Phoenix Latino artist Julio Cesar Rodarte. These are on display in the café’s lower level. New furnishings have also been acquired with support from the SGA.

The oldest of four children, Rodarte was born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas in 1984. Three years later the family immigrated to the United States. He took his first art classes in high school in Arizona after his psychologist and school counselor encouraged him to take a drawing class after a failed suicide attempt.


Above: Julio Cesar Rodarte in front of his painting, “Constructed Chaos”

At the age of 19 he enrolled at Glendale Community College where he discovered his talent for painting. Since then he’s developed his unique style in which he first develops a sculptural form and then paints on the shapes with colorful repetitive patterns, geometric shapes, forms, silhouettes, and numbers. In 2008 he began showing his art in group shows in Phoenix and had his first solo exhibition “Over and Over” at Arizona State University’s Downtown Campus in Phoenix in 2009.  Since then the 26 year old painter has continued to have solo and group shows such as “Shapes”, a March 2010 solo exhibition and “Arte Latino en la Ciudad”, a May 2010 group show at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.

His art has been collected by corporations and private collectors. He says he continues “to paint with determination” in his studio in Phoenix.

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Above, left to right: “Is This Real, What Do You Feel?,” “Sound Waves,” “Constructed Chaos”

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Above, left to right: “Sound Waves,” “The Superhero of Color,” “Is This Real, What Do You Feel?”

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Above: “About to Explode,” “Upside Down”

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Library Finals Hours

Helm-Cravens Library will be open until 2am again this finals week from Sunday Dec 12 through Thursday Dec 16. As in past semesters Western’s Student Government Association is helping to underwrite this service to our students. The Student Technology Center on the second floor of the Helm Library will close at its usual time, but all other areas of the library will be open until 2am. Java City will be providing refreshments for students needing a study break.

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First look at the new ERC


University Libraries faculty and staff got their first look at the new ERC on Friday, December 3. Furnishings and security system have not yet been installed.


The ERC will close December 17 and reopen on Monday, January 24. In between some 50,000 books and other materials will be packed and readied for movers. Boxes will be moved on Tuesday, January 4. The next day students and staff will begin shelving materials in the new facility. New Computer have been purchased for public areas and will be installed prior to opening day.


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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours for Helm-Cravens

Helm-Cravens Library will close Tuesday, November 23, at 4:30 p.m. The library will reopen on Saturday, November 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – midnight.

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New Books in the VPAL

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A variety of new books have recently been added to the Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL).

1. Symbolism /Nathalia Brodskaya. New York :Parkstone International,2007.

ISBN: 9781859956779

Call Number: N6465.S9B76x 2007

2. A legacy of art :paintings and sculptures by artist life members of the National Arts Club /Lowrey, Carol.

New York, N.Y. ;Manchester :National Arts Club ;In association with Hudson Hills Press,2007.

ISBN: 9780615154992

Call Number: folio N6512.L69 2007

3. The good office :green design on the cutting edge /Riordan, John.

New York, NY :Collins Design ;Distributed throughout the world by HarperCollins,c2008.

ISBN: 9780061537899

Call Number: folio NA6230.R526x 2008

4. Tintoretto /Madrid :Museo Nacional del Prado,2007.

ISBN: 1903470463 9781903470466

Call Number: ND623.T6A4 2007x

5. Kiki Smith :prints, books & things / Weitman, Wendy.

New York :Museum of Modern Art :Distributed in the United States and Canada by D.A.P.,c2003.

ISBN: 0870705830

Call Number: NE539.S576A4 2003

6. The rise of Islamic calligraphy / George, Alain,

London ;Berkeley, Calif. :Saqi,c2010.

ISBN: 9780863566738

Call Number: NK3636.5.G46x 2010

7. Robert Lee Morris :the power of jewelry / Morris, Robert Lee,

New York :H.N. Abrams,2004.

ISBN: 0810949547

Call Number: NK7398.M67 A2 2004

8. Threads & voices :behind the Indian textile tradition /

Mumbai :Published for Marg Publications on behalf of the National Centre for the Performing Arts,c2007.

ISBN: 9788185026794

Call Number: folio NK8876.A1T47 2007

These newly acquired books are temporarily shelved in the VPAL display area, but may be checked out just like other circulating books.

The VPAL is open the same hours as the rest of Helm-Cravens Library.


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Far Away Places Presents Medellin, Colombia

Dr. John Dizgun is telling the story of Medellin, Columbia. Far left in the first row is Dr. Holli Drummond.Dr. John Dizgun from KIIS and Dr. Holli Drummond from the Department of Sociology, WKU shared their research discovery in youth and gang violence in Medellin, Columbia with a large audience at Barnes & Noble on the evening of Thursday, November 18. Their presentation was part of a Far Away Places talk series sponsored by WKU Libraries.

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Kentucky Live! It’s All About the Cheese!

Kenny and Beverly Mattingly told their story of cheese making as one of the WKU Libraries' Kentucky Live talk series.WKU Libraries’ Kentucky Live featured Kenny and Beverly Mattingly on the evening of November 11, 2010 at Barnes & Noble, Bowling Green, KY. Kenny, owner of the Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, told us the story of his family tradition and allowed us to sample some of the sumptuous cheeses he and his wife brought. If you missed the cheese, you can still listen to his talk and view the pictures of the event.

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WKU Libraries on the Cover of C&RL News

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granville1We’re pleased to announce that a painting by Granville Mitchell from the Kentucky African American Art Collection in the Raymond Cravens Library is featured on the front cover of the nation’s leading college and university libraries trade journal. With more than 12,000 personal and institutional subscribers and an international readership many times that number, College & Research Libraries News showcases the work of the Association of College and Research Libraries and its member institutions. Mitchell, who studied commercial art at WKU, works on paper with pen and ink, acrylic, oil, and some airbrush. In his works he seeks to capture movement, the dynamic of life.

“Main Street” is one of two Granville Mitchell paintings in our collection.

Mitchell’s art was showcased in Kentucky Live! Southern Culture At Its Best, an annual series of public talks sponsored by the WKU Libraries, now in its eighth season. He also depicted the Historic Freedom Riders in a collaborative mural honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Kentucky Library and Museum.

This marks the third time WKU Libraries has been featured on the front cover of C&RL News.

Click here for a large version of Granville Mitchell’s Main Street.



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Kentucky Live presents Nancy Richey

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Far Away Places presents John Hale

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