we aren’t pretending anymore is the culminating exhibit of senior art student Sarah Jane Rennick’s independent study, and is currently on display in the Mudd Gallery in the library.

In the independent study, Rennick created three music videos and a series of photographs that exemplify the culture surrounding artists and campus bands here at Lawrence. 

"My hope was to discover and communicate the ways in which visual art and music both inspire and disappoint each other…challenging and reflecting mainstream expectations of the genre by hyper-contextualizing the art to a very specific point of view.

What I really discovered was that we aren’t pretending anymore.  I can tell that each of the people involved in the project is on the cusp of something very real.

As the world rears its ugly head, the artists around me are rising to greet it. Battle axes in hand…Get it, because we are vikings.”

-Excerpt from the artist’s statement

The music videos for Snort, Too Many Triangles, and Bendata Bendata can be viewed in the gallery along with the photographs. The exhibit is on display until this Friday, March 14th.


Efemmera is the newest exhibit in the Mudd Gallery in the library! Come check it out through tomorrow to see works from current students and photographs from the LU/Milwaukee-Downer archives.

Here’s the exhibit statement:

Efemmera is an art exhibit presented by Downer Feminist Council and the Lawrence University Archives that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee-Downer College merge with Lawrence College to form Lawrence University, as well as contemporary female artists on the Lawrence University campus.  The photos presented in Efemmera are archival reproductions of photos taken between 1895 and 1964. Special thanks to Erin Dix, the Lawrence University Archives, the members of Downer Feminist Council, Leslie Walfish & Beth Zinsli for assisting in creating Efemmera.

Visit the Mudd Gallery on the third floor of the library to view this exhibit, examining the presence and history of women on our campus.

Wisconsin Library Association Conference Makerspace sponsored in part by the Mudd! Logo designed by our very own Social Media Assistant Allison Wray. Follow our Twitter and Instagram for more updates from the conference! 


We received an ask earlier today from bookofrevelation asking about the oldest book we have here at the Mudd. The answer to that question is Liber Chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel (also known as the Nuremberg Chronicle). The excerpt below describes a bit of the history behind the creation and publication of the book. It was extracted from the introduction of the book, Medieval Woodcut Illustrations: City Views and Decorations from “The Nuremberg Chronicle” selected and arranged by Carol Belanger Grafton.

Issued just seven months after Columbus landed in North America, the Nuremberg Chronicle was printed in 1493 in Nuremberg, Germany, by Anton Koberger (1440?-1513) who was the most renowned German printmaker of his time.  The publication of the Nuremberg Chronicle and Koberger’s other work, the Schatzbehalteris considered only second in importance to the printing of Gutenberg’s bible. 

Both volumes were illustrated by the engraver Michael Wolgemut, who was Albrecht Dürer’s instructor in painting and engraving.  The Nuremberg Chronicle is regarded by many scholars as the first major picture book for the middle class. 

The Chronicle contains 1809 illustrations, with a total of 645 different woodcuts.  Some scholars believe that the Chronicle’s woodcuts mark a revolution in the print medium from the territorial to the pictorial/landscape view.  

While the original copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle is not available to be circulated, we do have a reproduction that is cataloged as Liber Chronicarum.

More pictures of the book can be found here as well!


Currently on display in the Mudd Gallery is the latest work from Professor Conrad’s Drawing 212 class! On display through Thursday, November 20th, is work from student artists, including: 

Claire Bruning, Audrey Cuthbert, Claire Francis, Michael Hubbard, Alice Jamison, Lauren Phillips, Isabella Schleisner, Loraina Stinson, and Kristina Verhasselt

Come check out the work of some of Lawrence’s talented visual artists! 

Our next library summer projects picture is of Erin Dix, University Archivist. Erin is scanning a manuscript of a speech written by Samuel Plantz, president of Lawrence University from 1894-1924. Erin is processing and digitizing a collection of President Plantz’s manuscripts that was recently donated to the archives by his family.


Over Fall Term Reading Period the Mudd hosted our first ever Murder Mystery.  It was a great success! “The Librarian” brought literary characters from across history to solve two murders that took place in the library.

Students dressed up and role played their characters, completing a scavenger hunt and solving the mystery of the double murder. The event was organized by a few library staff members and members of LU Gaming Club- there was a great turnout and positive reception. We can’t wait to host this again next year!

Check out the full photo album here on our Flickr


The winners for the Winter Term Finals Coloring Contest have been announced! A big congratulations to Rhys, Jason, and Jordan for their marvelous work, and to all the other entries! The turnout for the contest was great, thank you to everybody who participated!

Check back next finals week for more coloring opportunities :)


Join Lawrence University’s Gaming Club this weekend for
WIGS: Women and Identity in Gaming Symposium!

Held in the Warch Campus Center this Saturday and Sunday (May 3-4, 2014), WIGS will be hosting panels, discussion, presentations, and more beginning at 10am Saturday morning. 

  • WIGS aims to address issues of gender and identity in the gaming community, from video games to board games.  The symposium offers an opportunity to become more informed about these issues and inspired to make positive changes in the community.
  • WIGS is free and open to anyone, both students and community members, regardless of identity, background, experience, etc. Anyone is welcome to attend!

Visit the WIGS website here to view the schedule and learn more about the event!  And don’t forget to check out the fantastic informational displays on the first floor of the Mudd Library.


Each month, the Wriston Art Galleries host Art @ Noon, a short, unique tour through the galleries led by the curator and director, Beth Zinsli, and the gallery and collections coordinator, Leslie Walfish. 

Today, Beth Zinsli led a tour of the library’s Roger Dale Kruse room on the fourth floor that features many pieces of Post-Impressionist artwork. Beth did a wonderful job explaining the art, the pieces, and the Post-Impressionist movement.

In case you’re curious about how the Kruse Room came to be, here’s a little bit about one of the favorite rooms of Lawrence students:

Distinguished Lawrence University alumnus, Judge D. Michael Lynn, class of 1965, wanted to dedicate a room in honor of his late partner, Roger Dale Kruse. He wanted the room to be a place for peaceful reflection, a place to gather, and a place to study. Everything in this room was specially selected for this space to achieve the goal of a peaceful, relaxing, and welcoming space. Everything, including the art. Judge Lynn and President Jill Beck hand selected the beautiful art pieces you see in this room. In addition to donating the funds for the renovation of the space, the furniture, and the books, Judge Lynn also purchased the art pieces and donated them to Lawrence in honor of Mr. Kruse.

Pictures of the construction of the Kruse Room are available on our Flickr album.

Summer Projects: Susan


A lot of people think we have the summers off in the library since students are gone, but we are open and ready to offer all the same services we do during the school year. It is significantly slower, so we take that opportunity to work on some special projects that need to be done. Here Susan Goeden, the Cataloging Assistant, is pulling books from the Milwaukee-Downer Room collection to make sure their records in the library catalog are complete and that they are properly labeled. Yes, she is wearing an apron to protect her clothes from some of the more fragile, slightly crumbly books.


Have you taken a minute to check out the neat display on the second floor of the Mudd?

For her senior experience project, geology major Steph Courtney ’14 explores the geology and hazards associated with GTac’s planned taconite mine near Mellen, Wisconsin through a series of posters and tangible display accessories.  The goal of the posters is to provide an information source about these topics because it is fairly difficult to find accessible scientific information from scientists in today’s political climate.

The display will be up until May 9th, so go check it out! You can also read more about the display on the Mudd’s blog here

It Was 49 Years Ago Today…

On September 4, 1964, The Beatles appeared in concert in Milwaukee. Tickets ranged from $3.50 to $5.50 and sold out within a week of going on sale. In order to purchase tickets one had to cut out an order form from the Milwaukee Journal, fill it out, put it into an envelope with a check and mail it. Then the wait began for the tickets to arrive.

During this academic year the Mudd will celebrate the Beatles’ emerging popularity in the United States beginning in the fall of 1963.

To get into the spirit, watch videos from the previous century posted on the WTMJ4 website in anticipation of Paul McCartney’s return to Milwaukee, July 16, 2013.

Richard Matheson


We were saddened to hear Richard Matheson, an American writer who dabbled in fantasy and science fiction, died Sunday at age 87. We have a few of his books in the library including I Am Legend, a highly influential book in the wildly popular zombie genre. Humanity is a cornerstone in science fiction, but not many capture humanity as well as Matheson did. Come on in to the library and check out I Am Legend. We’ve also beefed up our sci-fi and fantasy collection so come browse call numbers starting with PS!