Wikipedians Unite at UofL Libraries

2017 is the second year that UofL’s Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library hosted community members to learn about how to edit Wikipedia.  Over a dozen people attended this event to combat gender disparity in the art world.

Artist Elizabeth Catlett wrote “No other field is closed to those who are not white and male as is the visual arts. After I decided to be an artist, the first thing I had to believe was that I, a black woman, could penetrate the art scene, and that, further, I could do so without sacrificing one iota of my blackness or my femaleness or my humanity.”1

Not only is the field of contemporary art difficult for women and non-binary people to break into, but the highly-masculine culture of Wikipedia is also a barrier to gender equality.  For example, articles about topics typically associated with females (Polly Pocket) are typically shorter and link to fewer references, while those associated with males (Nerf) are longer, and include more references.

In a 2011 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors were female.

Art+Feminism is a global, grassroots campaign to end gender disparity within Wikipedia, not only in terms of the number or articles about women in the visual arts, but more importantly the number of female editors.  Attendees gathered to attend a training about how to edit Wikipedia articles before beginning to make edits of their own.  In Louisville, attendees included UofL students, professors, and local St. Francis School high school students.  New editors corrected facts, added citations to existing article, and ultimately created two new articles.

Articles improved include those about African-American artists Senga Nengudi and Elizabeth Catlett.  Both are sculptors, and known for their work on themes of race, gender, and class.

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  1. Farris, Phoebe. Women Artists of Color: A Bio-critical Sourcebook to 20th Century Artists in the Americas. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1999.

Use Your Phone to Study with ARTstor

By Trish Blair.

Back in the days before handheld technology, art history students used to create their own flashcards using a photocopier and glue stick.  Now ARTstor has created a mobile app that does all that work for you!


ARTstor Mobile can be used to study art history images.

ARTstor is a more convenient way to quiz yourself on images as you study for finals.  Their mobile app has been released for the public on Android.  For Apple users, there is no app to download; just go to from your mobile device.  Watch a short video about ARTstor Mobile here.

ARTstor is a digital library of over over 2,000,000 fully searchable images.  Images can be searched by keyword, date range, geography and classification.  Students can also create image groups for varying projects and interests.  Want a folder of all 111 images from Keith Haring?  You can have it.  Need to study Italian cathedrals?  Create a list based upon the date range and location in Italy.

Quiz yourself about artwork using ARTstor Mobile.

The prime feature of the mobile app is Flashcard View.  This allows students to view images without text – until you touch the image, thus revealing the information to double-check your knowledge.  Now students can be sitting on a bus, eating lunch or enjoying a sunny day at the park and still study using their mobile phones.

Registration is required to use ARTstor.  The good news is that UofL students get access to ARTstor thanks to the University Libraries.  Set up an account with a non-mobile device, download the app, and get to searching.  This can be done at any machine on campus or at home with a connection via the proxy server.

Feminist Wikipedia Editors Gather at UofL

A global phenomenon, Art+Feminism, arrived in Louisville on Saturday, March 19th when Bridwell Art Library and the Hite Art Institute co-hosted a satellite Wikipedia event.  Over the course of an afternoon, nine Wikipedians collaborated to write a new article about the International Honor Quilt (IHQ), an important community-based art project inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party artwork.  Although the quilt has been acknowledged as a precursor to the well-known NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, no Wikipedia article had been created for the IHQ.

View of Editors Seated at Tables

Editors work on the International Honor Quilt article at the University of Louisville. Examples of the quilt can be seen pictured in the background.

Co-organizers Trish Blair and Sarah Carter ran the event to teach community members how to create Wikipedia accounts, understand the anatomy of a wiki page, establish notability, and learn to code using wiki mark-up.  One experienced Wikipedian drove in from Lexington to attend the event and provide her support.  A grad student, community artist, UofL alumna, and regional quilter made up the rest of the work group.


Flyer and Books

Event flyers for the Wikipedia Art+Feminism event on top of a selection of useful reference books.

Writing the article involved locating published sources documenting the quilt.  This is where the Art Library’s collection of books and periodicals came into play.  Wikipedians were able to locate books and articles in the library that mention the quilt’s origin and importance within Judy Chicago’s career.  By the end of the day, the International Honor Quilt article was live on Wikipedia.

The Art+Feminism movement is in its third year, having held its inaugural edit-a-thon at the Museum of Modern Art in 2014.  According to an article published last year, the movement’s goal is to simultaneously “close the gender gap in both content and participation in Wikipedia.”  Louisville joined over 125 locations across Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North and South America in holding a satellite event.

How to Find Art on UofL’s Campus

If you’ve walked through University of Louisville’s campus, you may have noticed the sculptures situated on our lawns and paintings hung in different department.  These eye-catching art pieces are part of the University’s art collection.  Now you can use a new interactive map to find new favorite artworks!


The Art on Campus tool will let you explore the University of Louisville’s Belknap and the Health Sciences campuses to find geotagged images of art.  Each pin on the map has information about the artist, the materials, and any additional information regarding how the artwork came to be located on campus. The website will work well on different internet browsers, as well as mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones.  There is even a feature that provides you Google Maps walking directions to each piece.

Michelangelo's David sculpture

This map will help you discover hidden gems on campus.  Many of us are aware of Rodin’s The Thinker statue in front of Grawmeyer Hall. However, did you know that a copy of Michelangelo’s iconic David statue sits inside Grawmeyer Hall?

The map also highlights the work of local artists, such as Alma Lesch, a fiber artist who was active in the city during the second half of the 20th century.  Using the information on the map, you can also find out how to further research individual artworks.  For example, the Bridwell Art Library has Alma Lesch’s papers in its manuscripts collection.  More research resources will be added to the Art on Campus page in the future to help scholars research each piece.

UofL Libraries Welcome Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter assumed the title of Director of Bridwell Art Library and Assistant Professor on April 21st, 2014. In order to share some of her background and personality, she agreed to interview herself.

Q. What is your background, Sarah?

In my last job I was an Instruction and Research Services Librarian at Ringling College of Art and Design.  I created an instruction program designed to teach research skills to undergraduate art and design students.  Before that, I worked with art history and studio art faculty & students as the Circulation Supervisor of the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Q. Where did you go to school?

My undergraduate degree is from Smith College in Art History and Italian Language and Literature.  My graduate degrees are an MA in Art History and an MLS, both from Indiana University.

Q. Where are you from?

I just moved to Louisville from Sarasota, FL.  However, I grew up in a suburb of Indianapolis, and I am very happy to be back in the Midwest.

Sarasota, Florida Marina Jacks by AngrySicilian, on Flickr
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Q. What are you most excited about at UofL?

I love that Bridwell Art Library has these special books called “artist’s books,” which is a category of publication/artwork in which artists push boundaries by interpreting the definition of what a “book” is.  For example, we have a limited edition fine press book that is printed entirely on paper towels.  The work is absolutely exquisite!  I know quite a bit about this category of artist’s books, and can’t wait to show them off to students and faculty.

Q. Who is your favorite artist?

Well, I really can’t choose one favorite artist.  I really love the work of Kurt Schwitters, a German collage artist.  I also was inspired as a child by the shapes and movements of Alexander Calder’s mobiles.  In my last job, I developed an appreciation for the work of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.  Other favorites include Hundertwasser, James Turrell, Tara Donovan, Vik Muniz, and Janet Echelman.

Q. What kinds of things will you be doing in your job as Director of Bridwell Library?

I’ll be doing a lot of listening to students and faculty in my first year to understand the rich history and tradition of the Hite Art Institute.  I’ll also be attending gallery openings and looking at local artwork.  Other things that I will do include answering reference questions from the community, teaching research skills to students, and buying books for Bridwell library.

Q. Do you have a favorite sports team?

I love roller derby, and can’t wait to support the Derby City Rollergirls in their next season!

Capital Punishment Roller Derby by Greencolander, on Flickr
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