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Art & Art History

New Titles in Art & Art History

Faith Ringgold : politics / power

Ringgold's most formative and influential political works are gathered in this beautifully designed clothbound volume -- Alongside reproductions of key works made between 1967 and 1981, Faith Ringgold: Politics / Power provides an overview of Ringgold's seminal artistic and activist work, and its historical context during these years, including accounts by the artist herself

Art under Fire in Afghanistan

Kharmohra is named after a gland taken from a donkey's neck that, on drying, becomes as hard as stone and is said to bring happiness by making the owner's most secret dreams come true. The metaphor is used to show how contemporary Afghan art is a long way from the romantic expectations with which Westerners often approach the country.

The Art of Papercraft

Paper artist and teacher Helen Hiebert compiles a one-of-kind collection of 40 unique projects, each using just one sheet of paper. Combining decorative paper techniques like marbling, stamping, and stenciling  with dimensional techniques like origami, cutting, folding, quilling, stretching, weaving, and pop-ups, The Art of Papercraft offers a rich variety of projects that will delight crafters, artists, and designers alike.

Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems: in Dialogue

A visual and conceptual conversation between two leading US photo-artists famed for their mutual explorations of race, class and power.

Call Numbers to Browse

If you're interested in a broad art topic, or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters. The Ns are located on the third floor, while CC is on the lower level and TR is on the fourth floor.
  • N: Visual Arts
  • NA: Architecture
  • NB: Sculpture
  • NC: Drawing, Design, Illustration
  • ND: Painting
  • NE: Print media
  • NK: Decorative Arts
  • NX: Arts in general
  • CC: Archaeology
  • TR: Photography


Locations of books
  • New books are located in the Library lobby on the main floor and are in call number order.
  • Print Reference books are on the main floor across from the Learning Commons area.
  • Book stacks: Consult the library map; look for location posters; or ask any staff member for help!


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Art Subject Terms

Below are some examples of subject terms used in Primo Search.


Drawing technique Ceramic Sculpture
Figure sculpture Digital Art
Painting Mural painting and decoration
Prints technique Vases


African American art Art, Renaissance
Art -- Latin America Conceptual art
Art, Asian

Modernism (Art)

Street Art

Sculpture, Greco-Roman


Aesthetics Art and society
Art -- History Christianity and art
Art,  Modern, Themes, motives Feminism and art
Art Philosophy Symbolism in art


Architecture, Domestic Artists -- Biography
Decoration and ornament, Gothic Artists -- United States
Photography Printmakers

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