Informal workshop on the Harris Collection to be held February 29

On Wednesday, February 29, 2011 Ohio University Libraries will host “Interpreting Visual Objects in the Harris Collection: Studio Practice, Art History, Linguistics, Ethnography,” a casual workshop on the Frederick Harris Collection.

Dr. Harris was an internationally recognized master of sumi-e painting, a type of Japanese ink, in addition to working expertly in watercolor. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Harris lived in Japan from 1963 until his death in 2010 at age 78.

In 1994, Dr. Harris began donating his fine art book collection to the Ohio University Libraries. He and his wife, Kazuko also made a substantial gift to support our Libraries. In recognition of the significance of their gifts, the Fine Arts Library was renamed the Frederick and Kazuko Harris Fine Arts Collection in honor of both Dr. Harris and his wife.

The workshop will educate audiences on the collection and allow them to experience the collections’ beauty and uniqueness for themselves. “The purpose of the workshop [is] to view the artifacts in the Harris Collection through a range of disciplinary perspectives…” said Fine Arts Librarian Gary Ginther.

The collection holds large amounts of potential for students and faculty and the workshop will help reveal some of the possible classroom uses for the materials. Workshop organizers Dr. Marion Lee, Dr. Chris Thompson, Gary Ginther and Sara Harrington hope that the collection will serve as a force to attract interdisciplinary engagement on the part of faculty and students.

“We reached out to faculty members and graduate students who worked on the Harris Collection to see if they would be willing to share their expertise in an informal but public context,” said Sara Harrington, head of arts and archives. “It is hoped that the session will be not only informative, but enjoyable!”

The workshop, sponsored by Ohio University Libraries, the Linguistics Department and the School of Art, will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Friends of the Libraries Room, Alden 319. It is an open event. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Photo Caption: This stoneware teabowl is one of the many artifacts in the Harris Collection.

Photo by Ben Stout.