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Collection Spotlight: Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers

The Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers contain the personal papers of Jake and Nancy Hamon. Jake Hamon was a legendary Dallas independent wildcatter while his wife Nancy was a celebrated hostess and philanthropist. The collection offers insights into Dallas social and cultural history. The bulk of the materials originates from Dallas, Texas. Continue reading “Collection Spotlight: Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers”

The fantasy / comparison model of fashion image processing: A prospective model of viewer engagement

Photographs in the Paper Dolls series confront the viewer with fundamental questions of viewer agency and power central to the critical investigation of visual culture. A feminist critique of visual culture, especially the culture of fashion magazine consumption by young women, is suggested by the selection and treatment of the six images comprising the exhibition. Identifying the precise methodology, intent, and commentary of the artists, and ultimately being able to identify whether or not the work falls within the realm of feminist praxis, is complicated by the works’ collective authorship, generally destructive treatment of the original source magazines, the translation of the collages into digital and analog photographs, and their eventual transmission via social media.  Continue reading “The fantasy / comparison model of fashion image processing: A prospective model of viewer engagement”

Grant writing for the arts

Beverly Mitchell, Art and Dance Librarian, presented a workshop today on grant writing for the arts. In attendance were SMU students and staff and representatives from Dallas non-profits. Continue reading “Grant writing for the arts”

Simple web tools for creating graphics

An effective image can be essential when making an argument, but not all of us have graphic design skills and access to applications like Photoshop. Fortunately, there is a profusion of free or inexpensive web applications for nonexperts. Here is a roundup of web tools for graphic design that I have used and can recommend. All are easy to use and have free versions. Continue reading “Simple web tools for creating graphics”

Great Scott and great voices at SMU

DiDonato, Heggie, and von Stade
Joyce DiDonato, Jake Heggie, and Frederica von Stade on campus at SMU. Image by Pam Pagels.

For the second time in less than five years, the Dallas Opera is producing the world premiere of an opera by composer Jake Heggie with the libretto by Terrence McNally. Great Scott opened Friday, October 30th and will continue its run at the Margo and Bill Winspear Opera House through November 15th. Continue reading “Great Scott and great voices at SMU”

Write for the Blog of the Hamon Arts Library!

Submissions to the Hamon blog are accepted year round. We welcome submissions from students, faculty, staff, and those from the broader Dallas community. Examples of submissions include: Continue reading “Write for the Blog of the Hamon Arts Library!”

What are you reading, watching, or listening to?

The Hamon Blog wants to know what you’re currently reading, watching, or listening to. On entering the elevator on the first floor of Hamon, you will notice a message board filling up with recommendations from library users.  Continue reading “What are you reading, watching, or listening to?”

Now online: Potter Iron Studios Digital Collection

Bronze Lantern Pendant LightDrawings from the Potter Art Iron Studios [also known as the Potter Art Metal Studios] are now available to view online! If you have ever walked around the Highland Park Shopping Center or driven down Swiss Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard in Dallas, most likely you have admired the beautiful wrought iron fixtures that adorn these buildings and homes. Henry Cornwell Potter [1892 – 1971], began his career in the early 1920s by making small lanterns. Continue reading “Now online: Potter Iron Studios Digital Collection”

How much do musicians earn distributing their music online?

I spend most of my workday at my desk, so streaming music is not just convenient, it’s essential.  I have a turntable at home and a small collection of records inherited from my parents that I augment through buying resale vinyl and the occasional brand new album.  The recent and much-maligned relaunch of TIDAL (a streaming music service for musicians by musicians) made me curious about how artists are compensated when I consume their product. Continue reading “How much do musicians earn distributing their music online?”

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