2015 Harvey Award winners announced

One of the most prestigious awards for comics and sequential art, The Harvey Awards were recently presented in Baltimore, MD, during the Baltimore Comic-Con. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards are the only ones in the industry both nominated and selected by comic book professionals.

Some of the winners include:

Best Artist: Fiona Staples, Saga 

Best Continuing or Limited Series: Saga










Best New Series: Southern Bastards


Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: Lumberjanes


Special Award for Humor in Comics: Chip Zdarsky, Sex Criminals


Best cartoonist: Terry Moore, Rachel Rising


Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Little Nemo, Dream another Dream


Several of these books can be found in the MassArt library, or we may have other work by the same artists and authors. For the complete list of winners, please see the 2015 list here. You can also see past winners on the main page for The Harvey Awards. Enjoy!

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What do the Canterbury Tales, Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure have in common?

They have all been at some point among the books censored or suppressed in the United States on basis of obscenity, explicit language and subjects. The ban on those and other publications has since lifted, as obscenity laws loosened  over time, often after a series of charged court cases. (see: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl) However, the conversation about the extent of free speech and the justification for its restriction is not a relic of the McCarthian era and is still taking place today. On one hand, schools, educators and parents in the United States take it onto themselves to investigate books that may contain themes, language or imagery unfit for minors, or specific age groups: the famous example being Huckleberry Finn, and the controversy about Mark Twain’s use of racially offensive language.

On the other hand, a number of books around the world are investigated in terms of their ideological stance to determine their moral and legal right to be published and distributed. Using the definition of hate speech, “harmful materials” or “false news”, and the state’s right to restrict them, certain countries are banning works such as Holocaust denial books or works of white-supremacist content. Is there a limit to free speech? If so, where is the line we draw?

September 27-October 3  –  Banned Books Week

Learn more at


And while at it, take a look at the once-upon-a-time banned books we have in our collection:

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck

Lady Chatterley’s lover by D. H. Lawrence

Naked lunch by William S. Burroughs

Uncle Tom’s cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Material Connexion Trial


The Library is providing trial access to the Material Connexion database.

“Material Connexion owns the world’s largest database of innovative materials and processes. It includes over 7000 materials representing eight categories: carbon-based materials, cement-based materials, ceramics, glass, metals, natural materials and derivatives, polymers and processes. This database provides comprehensive product information, technical specifications, application information, manufacturer and distributor contact information, and images for each material in the collection. 

Our database provides students and faculty with exposure to a wider range of materials, processes, and technologies than those that they see in their own field of study. We strongly believe in multi-disciplinary learning, and promote this belief by encouraging the use of materials in innovative applications for which they were not originally intended. By identifying parallels across disciplines, students gain a broader perspective that leads them to more informed conclusions in their own coursework.”
If you haven’t tried it out yet, please do and let us know what you think before the trial ends on 10/9.
Send feedback to: rachel.resnik@massart.edu or greg.wallace@massart.edu
We thinks it’s pretty cool. Would it be a good resource for MassArt?
Material Connexion results screen


  • Over 7,000 of today’s most innovative materials
  • 24/7 access to a comprehensive online database
  • Monthly updates on 50-60 new materials


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Farewell, Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Librarians everywhere are no doubt sad to say goodbye to Yvonne Craig, dancer and actress, who played Batgirl in the 1960s hit TV show “Batman.” When not defending Gotham City against Evildoers, she was of course a librarian, helping library patrons find information. In addition to appearing in “Batman,” Craig was an advocate for women’s issues, especially equal pay. She will be missed. See her obit in the Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/20/arts/television/batgirl-dies-yvonne-craig.html?_r=0 

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Do you love Sonia Delaunay?

We do. Did you know the MassArt library owns a portfolio of her silk screen prints? We have her books too. Come visit it.

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Sonia Delaunay, nee Terk
(born Gradizhsk, Ukraine, 14 Nov 1885; death Paris, 5 Dec 1979).

“Russian painter, printmaker, interior decorator, textile and fashion designer of Ukrainian birth, active in France, wife of Robert Delaunay . More than any other modern artist, she forged a link between the fine and the applied arts.”

Hajo Düchting, et al. “Delaunay (ii).” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 29 Jun. 2015. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T021944pg2>.

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Colorful Composition

Thanks to Amy Yang from the Counseling and Wellness Center for sharing this wonderful photo, which she shot from the stairs in the library. As you can see, the library is quiet today. Plenty of chairs and books to go around. unnamed

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Seeds of Knowledge Opening

We had a great turnout for the Seeds of Knowledge: Sustainability Books and Posters from the MassArt Library opening last week. Edward Morris gave a great talk about how he came to the idea of using posters to motivate people to take action on climate change. Initially he used photos of the effects of global warming but then after seeing an exhibit of World War II posters, he realized that a combination of words and images was best suited to provoke action.

The show will be up until April 30. Stop by a take a look and enjoy Christy Chow’s installation reading room. Below are some pictures from the opening showing Ed Morris giving his talk, students and others at the show, and lastly Ed Morris with co-organizers Greg Wallace, Jane Marsching, and Christy Chow.











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Sculpture Show at the Roger Williams Botanical Gardens – RI

This past weekend, a friend and I went to see the Sculpture show in Roger Williams Botanical Gardens. It was wonderful to be in the warm enclosed greenhouses, which smelled of blooming flowers and dirt, while it was still snowing outside.

The sculptures were mostly ceramic based, with other materials incorporated, and the artists were from New York mostly.

Tomoko Abe, NY

Linda Huey, MA

Kathy Ruttenberg, NY

Leigh Taylor Mickelson, NY

Arnold Zimmerman, NY

Susan Crowell, MI

Almost all of the sculptures were installed among the indoor gardens and pools, including a piece that was put into the koi pond. It ranged from large statues, porcelain abstracts, plant-like pieces, and creatures that would fit right into Alice and Wonderland.  And the variety of plants, trees and flowers the Gardens contain were beautiful and plentiful. They even had a carnivorous plant section!


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