New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Ida Applebroog

"ooze/whose" 1991

Ida Applebroog is an American artist. Born in New York in 1929 and educated in Chicago, her work became well known in the 1970s. Her success has continued since then and she is still currently producing art. She has received several awards and has had her work displayed in some of the most prominent museums in the U.S.

"Now Then" (detail) 1980

Her artworks have very powerful connotations, which address issues of feminism, morality and social consciousness, and she often juxtaposes cartoonish images with far more serious subject matters.

If you would like to see more works by Ida Applebroog, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Marginalia (Isaac Stern) 1992

The Visual Resources Collection, now in ARTstor!

The Visual Resources’ digital image collection will now be hosted on ARTstor.  This means that all of the images that were previously available in MDID will now be in the ARTstor collections. The images function just like the other images in ARTstor, they can be searched, saved, and downloaded into the Offline Image Viewer for presentations.

To browse the images in the Visual Resources Collection, just click on the orange link for “The Visual Resources Collection of the University of the Arts” towards the bottom of ARTstor’s main page at

The images in the Visual Resources Collection are only visible to UArts faculty, staff and students. Other organizations using ARTstor will not be able to see the collection.

In the future, all new digital images will be added to the ARTstor collection rather than MDID. As always, if you are not finding the images you need in ARTstor, let us know, we would be happy to locate or create them for you.

If you have any questions about ARTstor or the Visual Resources Collection, please contact Laura Grutzeck, the Visual Resources Librarian.

Digital Resource of the Week: Paleo Art

Paleo Art, from the Smithsonian Institution, highlights beautiful illustrations used to explore and preserve natural specimens from the Paleontological period. This website demonstrates the importance of drawing to the field of paleobiology.

Ceratosaurusgil drawing from 1920
Ceratosaurusgil drawing from 1920

There are three sections to Paleo Art. Historical Art is the collection of illustrations. Working with fossils and other fragile specimens, detailed drawings of the specimens allow scientists and historians to review objects that cannot easily be handled or photographed. Illustrations depict everything from dinosaurs to shrimp. Illustration Care provides an overview of how the Smithsonian preserves and maintains these important documents. Illustration Techniques explains how to become a paleontological illustrator and why illustrations can be more useful to scientists than photographs.

If you are interested in fossils and skeletons, you can search the National Museum of Natural History’s Paleobiology Collections to see more. You can view nearly half a million specimens online! Visit the Smithsonian’s Department of Paleobiology for more information. Also check out the UArts Libraries for some great books on paleontology, fossils, and dinosaurs.

Library staff recommendation: Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice

Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice
by Ivan Brunetti
741.5 B835c Greenfield Open Stacks

In Cartooning, Ivan Brunetti gives both the novice and the experienced professional new insights into this popular yet little understood art form. Designed as a 15 week instructional course, Brunetti touches upon the technical aspects of comics, but also goes behind the surface to show the emotional possibilities of comics, and how those emotions can be communicated through the combination of drawings, panels and words. Most importantly, Brunetti helps to provide an artistic rationale for cartooning, and why it is a form of art making worth pursuing.

If you are looking for more books on how to make comics, please see:
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden
741.5028 Ab34d 2008 Greenfield Open Stacks
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
741.5 M459u 1994 Greenfield Open Stacks

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

Library staff recommendation: The Gecko’s Foot: Bio-Inspiration: Engineeered from Nature

The Gecko’s Foot: Bio-Inspiration: Engineered from Nature
By Peter Forbes
600 F745g 2006 Greenfield Open Stacks

How do geckos cling to walls and ceilings? Exactly what makes spider silk so strong
and so flexible? On what biological model was self-cleaning glass developed? Insects
shouldn’t be able to fly; how do they do it? What causes iridescence? Call it
bio-inspiration or biomimicry, but call it amazing inspiration for design and materials

If you like this book, you may also enjoy:
Cat’s Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People by Steven Vogel.
574.191 V862c Greenfield Open Stacks
Magnifications: Photography with the Scanning Electron Microscope by David Scharf.
778.31 Sch17m Greenfield Open Stacks
Hidden Beauty: Microworlds Revealed by France Bourély.
570 B666h Greenfield Open Stacks