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UCPLS gets content upgrade through generous donation

by Marvin Richards | February 8, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.
The Union County Public Library System recently received a donation of 27 books on American art from the Crystal Bridges Museum and Alice Walton Foundation. (Contributed)

The Union County Public Library Systems (UCPLS) received a donation of 27 books on American Art for residents of Union County from the Alice Walton Foundation and Chrystal Bridges Museum of American Art recently.

“This donation provides Union County a collection of books relating to Modern American art, which was a topic previously missing from our collections,” UCPLS executive director, Michael O’Connell said.

While the UCPLS did already carry several general books on art, O’Connell said the donation represents a major enhancement to their collection.

“This is a major upgrade. These books have already proved to be popular with multiple check-outs and in-house uses already,” he said. “The purpose of the program is to expand access to the visual arts to the residents of Arkansas, and we are participating in the trial program.”

The donated books are currently at the Smackover Public Library. They’ll be shared between the five UCPLS library branches in Smackover, El Dorado (Barton), Junction City (Harper Memorial), Huttig, Norphlet and Strong.

Books donated to the UCPLS include:

African-American Art: A Visual and Cultural History

American Architecture: A History

American Art of the 20th-21st Centuries

Art: the Definitive Visual Guide

Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now

Celebrating the American Spirit: Masterworks from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today

Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art

Framing America: A Social History of American Art

History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000

Makers: A History of American Studio Craft

Five distinct volumes of Men of Steel, Women of Wonder: Modern American Superheroes in Contemporary Art (0-5)

Native American Art in the Twentieth Century

Native North American Art

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

Photography in America

Shadow Patterns: Reflections on Fay Jones and his Architecture

Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now

Warhol’s Nature

What are you looking at?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art

Women, Art, and Society

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