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Library Specialist Chelby King to speak at the Rothko Chapel


Mark Rothko: The Houston Connection, at talk by Chelby King, to be held at Rothko Chapel on Tuesday, May 6th at 7 p.m.

How did John and Dominique de Menil come to commission Mark Rothko to create his masterpiece, the Rothko Chapel, in Houston? Art historian Chelby King discusses Houston art professor Jermayne McAgy’s influence on the de Menil’s commission and her connection to Rothko. Chelby King was awarded a M.A. in art history from the University of Houston in May 2013 following a fifteen-year career in arts management. Her organizational work has focused on advancing opportunities for contemporary artists including positions as the director of Lawndale Arts Center and the director of the City of Houston’s civic art program at Houston Arts Alliance. With a fellowship from the University of Houston she completed her thesis on the institutional practices of Jermayne MacAgy. Chelby teaches college classes on art history and is a librarian at the University of Houston Architecture and Art Library.  A reception on the plaza follows the program.

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New image collections available to students


Bridgeman Education has recently added the Royal Asiatic Society’s collection of historical images, as well as 100,000 other diverse images, to its database.  Click here to search this database or search by the title “Bridgeman Education” in the library’s catalog at

Rare Georges Braque books on display


In connection with the retrospective on exhibition through May 11 at the MFAH, the Architecture and Art library display case is featuring the oeuvre of Georges Braque with monographs from the collection as well as limited edition prints from the Kenneth Franzheim Rare Books Room.  These resources at the library highlight opportunities for personal inspiration and scholarly analysis of the Braque exhibit at the MFAH, which presents more than 75 works and is the show’s only U.S. venue.  Library Assistant and School of Art alumnus Chelby King conceived and created the small exhibit after noting how many resources on Braque are available in the Franzheim collection.