The Fine Arts Library supports Ohio State’s Departments of Design, Art, History of Art, Arts Administration and Education & Policy. Their collection contains approximately 150,000 volumes to support the research needs of faculty and students.
Beyond their collections, the Fine Arts Library plays an important role in bringing new insights and knowledge to its constituency and the larger community. By providing a forum for discovery and discussion through exhibits, the library fulfills Ohio State Libraries’ mission to foster “an environment conducive to academic inquiry, scholarly communication, creative achievement, and lifelong learning.”
“Rough Edges: Women Artists and the Collegiate Press” is curated by Fine Arts Head Librarian Sarah Falls and demonstrates thoughtful execution of academic inquiry and creativity. The exhibit explores women’s artist books in a male dominated industry and gives a glimpse into a little known niche. The Fine Arts Library has collected artist books for over a decade, and the exhibit is a multifaceted collaboration among OSU faculty, alumni, libraries and university press (Logan Elm) as well as outside partners like Women’s Studio Workshop. “Rough Edges” unites groups with a shared passion, promotes greater awareness among those communities and gives the opportunity to learn about a beautiful and impactful art form.