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Changes in the Department, and Meeting Minutes

Campus,Facilities,Faculty,Meetings,Resources — KVH @ 2:51 pm, Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

After the engaging conversation that took place at the department meeting yesterday, you will be pleased to know that the building hours will remain the same unless we are directed by MICA Operations. 

The faculty invites you to help make decisions on ways that we can better distribute our resources in the department. In the next department meeting, we can include a short discussion of your ideas and suggestions. 

Please help to adopt the new procedures that we have laid out for studio practice and lead the way to a healthier safer studio practice. Below are some of the new procedures.

-Gail Deery

Departmental Meeting Minutes:

We covered the following points in the Meeting yesterday:

The Bathrooms have been rehabbed… New sinks/toilets, repaired walls, floors, repainted. People spent a lot of time working on this, please take care of it.

We talked at length about the department Going Green.  We need to cut back on wasted materials, make the shop a healthier environment, and still keep everyone happy and productive in the shop.

Bullet points included:

– Safer cleaning materials for tabletops / palettes (vinegar, vegetable oil).  You will find more bottles of Vegetable Oil present, and far fewer bottles of solvent (Gamsol, Denatured Alcohol).

-Recycling all scrap and mis-printed rag paper (arches, rives) for the paper studio

-Conserving electricity when possible

-Orange-scrub soap will no longer be available – Lava Bar soap will be available at every sink. (we forgot to mention this in the meeting).  The bookstore also sells small bottles of Pumice Soap that will fit in your drawer if you so desire.

-Our crummy blotters are being replaced with a new system using Pellons and Bounty paper towels, as was demonstrated by Gail.  If you prefer, you may use your own bath towels, but they must be taken home when you are finished.  Any left behind will be thrown away, no questions asked.

-the shop used its entire YEAR’S supply of newsprint last semester. Unfortunately you must now purchase your own pads and keep them in your drawers.

Finally, there was MUCH discussion over attempting to limit shop access for safety and energy – conservation reasons.  After much consideration, we’ve decided NOT to limit hours this semester (see Gail’s letter above).

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Department Meeting THIS TUESDAY

Facilities,Meetings,Resources — KVH @ 10:06 am, Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Tuesday, Jan. 27th at 3 PM, there is a Printmaking Department Meeting.

All Majors and Concentrators should attend! 

We have many new policies and procedures to cover and demonstrate with you, most importantly, the fact that THE SHOP IS GOING GREEN!

The meeting starts at 3 and will end before 4pm classes.

Please don’t miss the meeting, we have much to cover… Miss the meeting and you’ll miss a lot.

Questions, contact Kyle, kvanhorn@mica.edu.

A Word From Talas:

Publications,Resources — printmaking @ 9:35 am, Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

This 12th Edition of the Talas catalog comes at a very exciting time in the history of our company. We continue in our tradition of providing the finest quality products to Conservators, Artists and the Concerned Collector. Talas moves forward into the future knowing that the conservation industry is always seeking new and innovative products. 

The Salik family has been the proud owners of Talas for fourteen years. In the 90’s we launched our e-commerce website and greatly expanded our product line supported by an ever increasing inventory. Our biggest leap is now in progress as we renovate and relocate our facilities to a 19th Century feather factory in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. This new and larger space will offer us the opportunity to manufacture a large array of custom boxes, presentation enclosures as well as to expand our current inventory. 

We are thankful to you, our loyal customers. We welcome your suggestions and ideas so that we can continue to provide you with the highest quality products. As always, we welcome you to our showroom where you can see our complete line of products. 

See you in Brooklyn and let us continue to service your needs. 

…or look at the catalog or download it here.

National Juried Exhibit of Artists’ Books

Call for Entries — printmaking @ 9:22 am, Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The Olde Towne Arts Center (OTAC) in Slidell, Louisiana presents a call for entries for TOPOPHILIA (love of place), a national juried exhibit of Artists’ Books. Open to artists living or working within the USA. Submissions must be one-of-a-kind or a limited edition based on the exhibition theme. It may be an artists’ book structure, fine press work, fine binding, sculptural book, or a book object. All accepted work must be prepared for installation. This exhibit is about places that are near to our heart – rural or urban, public or private, internal or external, microscopic or macroscopic, singular or plural, real or imaginary, past or present. The exhibit is open to all interpretations on the theme. The juror and curator is Natasha Lovelace Habers, Assistant Professor of Art, at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2009, for March 13 – April 13, 2009 exhibition period. The entry fee is $25 for up to 3 entries, which may be submitted on CD or in slide format. For prospectus and entry form, please email:Charlotte@OTACenter.com or call OTAC at 985-649-0555.

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