The Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library is a four-story building located in the Owen Arts Center of the Meadows School of the Arts. A branch of the Central University Libraries, Hamon serves students and faculty in the areas of visual art, art history, cinema, communications, dance, music and theatre. This fall, the library celebrates its 25th anniversary. Continue reading “Watch: Reflections of the Hamon Arts Library”
Fashion Design Sketches by Nancy B. Hamon
Nancy Hamon was born on December 12, 1918 in San Antonio, Texas to McMaster Blackburn and Estelle Blackburn (known as Mamacita). She studied paleontology at the University of Texas at Austin in the late 1930s for a short time before leaving for her first marriage which lasted only four years. She then briefly worked in Hollywood as a dancer with a small dance group led by Russian ballet master David Lichine and appeared in films such as Tropicana (1943) and The Heat’s On (1943). During World War II, she spent a year in Hawaii with an Army special services acting troupe, playing the lead in Petticoat Fever opposite a young Carl Reiner. She married Jake L. Hamon in 1949 and moved to Dallas. Mrs. Hamon was an extraordinary hostess and was known for the extravagant theme parties she hosted with her husband during the 1950s and 1960s. Themes included circus, Moulin Rouge and others, even a Silent Movies theme party which featured Louis Armstrong.
In conjunction with the SMU Homecoming celebration this week, Sept. 23rd – 26th, the Meadows School of the Arts is hosting an open house on Friday, September 25th, 4 – 5 pm, for alumni and friends in the newly renovated lobby of the Hamon Arts Library. Continue reading “Meadows School of the Arts Open House hosting with Hamon”
Welcome back to SMU and the Hamon Arts Library! After a quiet and productive summer, we’re looking forward to the start of the fall semester. Hamon Arts Library is open year-round, and the staff use the summer for more intensive work. We’ve asked staff to share what projects they were doing, and they shared their highlights. Continue reading “While you were away: Summer projects at Hamon Library”
Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, who died July 10th, was best known for his roles in films such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Funny Girl,” and “Doctor Zhivago.” But Sharif also made a name for himself in Dallas as a bridge player over the last half of the 20th century, joining his group the Omar Sharif Bridge Circus with the Dallas Aces in 1970 for a bridge tournament. Continue reading “The late Omar Sharif’s time in Dallas”
A student using the overhead scanner.
Hamon’s printers and overhead scanner have been moved to the copy room on the first floor of Hamon. Their relocation is part of our efforts to better utilize our spaces to meet user needs. Flatbed scanners are still available in the basement and on the third floor. For more information, please ask at the first-floor library services desk in the Hamon lobby. Thanks for your patience while we work to improve your library experience.
The Bywaters Special Collection staff just installed the 12 From Texas portfolio on the second floor of the Hamon Arts Library. In 1952, Southern Methodist University Press decided to, according to its press release for 12 From Texas, “make available at a reasonable price the work of outstanding regional artists.” The subject matter of these reproductions of lithographs was the Southwestern landscape in all its diversity. Jerry Bywaters, director of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, conceived the idea for the portfolio, selecting the prints and writing the foreword, which was one of the first published overviews of how this medium developed in the Southwest. It was the first such publication by a Texas press, although University of New Mexico Press had published similar portfolios of regional art. Continue reading “12 from Texas: A Portfolio of Lithographs”
Welcome to the Hamon Arts Library’s new blog! In addition to library news and highlights, we are expanding our focus to include events and people around Meadows and Dallas. With this goal in mind, we invite community members to submit content to our blog about library findings and events in the community that may be of interest to library visitors. Continue reading “Welcome”