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Staff Recommendation – The Artists Way

Do you ever feel creatively blocked, a feeling like all the color and life is lost from your artwork or craft? The Artists Way, by Julia Cameron, is a guidebook designed as a course in creative artistic recovery. Each section of the book describes practices, mindsets, and techniques for creative people, all of which build upon each other, to guide the reader into a more authentic artistic expression. The course is 12 weeks long. The aims include overcoming creative blocks and self-destructive beliefs, while building creative relationships, gaining confidence, and re-connecting to what she believes are the spiritual underpinnings of the creative drive.

In my opinion, this book is a valuable read, even if one does not pursue the entire 12 week course. The various practices described within it encourage one to be more mindful and creative on a consistent basis. For example, the practice of writing a full page of thoughts every morning, described in one chapter early on, can have the effect of bringing one face to face with what is going on the their life, paving the way for action. I recommend this book to anyone with an open mind who feels the need to re-connect to their creative self, whether you want to dive into a full-on course, or could use a few well placed pointers.

The Artists Way is available in the Greenfield Library open stacks at BF408 .C175 1992.

Mike Romano, Music Library Circulation Assistant 

Staff Recommendation: Look Inside, Cutaway Illustrations and Visual Storytelling


This fascinating book reveals a variety of cross sections for the reader to gaze at, appreciate, and ponder. The Velasco brothers take the reader through the history and theory of these artistic cutaways, while delving into their aesthetic and edifying qualities.  From grand 19th century buildings, to modern transportation vehicles, and through wild rain forests and the human body itself, the book covers a lot of ground and explores the myriad ways in which these cross sections can be beautiful and educational. Large colorful prints of the cutaways dominate the book and are a reason, in and of themselves, to pick it up and start learning!

This book is available for check out at the Greenfield Library.  Just stop by the circulation desk and ask for call # T11.8 .V85 2016

Mike Romano – Circulation Assistant

Digital Resources of the Week: The National Trust Library Historic Postcards

Postcards have always been a popular souvenir and a fun way to send a quick message home while on vacation. Often depicting famous buildings or landscapes, The National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection suggests that “these postcards also provide unique evidence of the evolution in American architecture, with rare glimpses of buildings or places that may no longer exist or have dramatically altered over time.”

The National Trust Historic Postcard Collection has over 20,000 postcards. The University of Maryland’s University Libraries’ Digital Collections provides images of many of these postcards. Browse by state (there are 830 postcards depicting aspects of Pennsylvania) or enter a keyword search such as Philadelphia, ocean, or flower.


Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, circa 1908
Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, circa 1908

Want to see more postcards? Search the UArts Libraries’ catalog for the subject postcards. We have many beautiful books including one about Philadelphia postcards from the early 1900s. Happy travels this summer!


Philadelphia's City Hall, circa 1901-1907
Philadelphia's City Hall, circa 1901-1907

Digital Resources of the Week: PhilaPlace

PhilaPlace: Sharing Stories from the City of Neighborhoods, created by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (our neighbor, at 13th & Locust), tells the stories of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The interactive website focuses on particularly on two neighborhoods whose immigrants and working class citizens have dramatically shaped the history of the city: Old Southwark and the Greater Northern Liberties. On the PhilaPlace Map you’ll discover local items like The Clef Club at 738 South Broad Street and photographs of South Street contributed by Philadelphia College of Art (now UArts) alumna Peggy Hartzell.

"13th n' South - That's Us" - 1969 photography by Peggy Hartzell
"13th n' South - That's Us" - 1969 photography by Peggy Hartzell

There is a lot of Philadelphia culture and history to explore on the Topics page and an informative blog. This is a terrific way to learn about your new home and all the arts, culture, and history it has to offer. Perhaps as you spend more time here in Philadelphia, you’ll want to share your story too!

Want to know more about Philadelphia and the history of UArts? Head over to the library. We have a great illustrated book on The University of the Arts co-authored by Sara MacDonald, one of our reference librarians, and Eugene Bolt (find in in the Greenfield or Music Libraries). You’ll find books on the Philadelphia murals, Philadelphia architecture, the Mutter Museum and we’re working right now on digitizing the University Archives. Want to know more? Check out our Philadelphia subject guide.

Studio Art MFA Food for Thought Lecture Series: Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof

Ms. Fallon and Ms. Rosof are well-known for their blog, the artblog, started in April 2003. Multiple award winners, they each have an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Moore College of Art (2008). Not only are they active and informative art bloggers, they are both artists. Here are some resources on the pair, available to you through the UArts Libraries:

“Report from the Blogosphere: The New Grass Roots” from Art in America, v.59, no.10 (November 2007) reviews a panel discussion about art blogging and its contributions. Ms. Fallon and Ms. Rosof both participated in the conversation. This article abstract was found using WilsonWeb (if  you are off campus, you will have to login to these databases first) and is available in print in Greenfield Library.

Roberta Fallon discusses the lively art scene in the city in “Philadelphia: The City According to Art” from Art Review (London), no. 3 (September 2006). She focuses on how young artists are leaving New York and heading south to Philadelphia to become leaders in cutting-edge media and contemporary art. A guide to venues in the city is included. The full text of this article is available in WilsonWeb.

“Come and Get It: Pair Hand Out Free Art; Out of the Galleries, Onto the Street” by Eils Lotozo for The Philadelphia Inquirer (March 10, 2005) looks at Ms. Fallon and Ms. Rosof as artists, rather than as bloggers. The full text of this article is available in LexisNexis.

Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon (read more at Artjaw.com)
Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon (read more at Artjaw.com)