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Art Collection

The Edward Warder Rannells Art Library

The Fine Arts Library's visual arts collection -- the Edward Warder Rannells Art Library -- was named after professor Edward Rannells in 1974. Rannells was the head of UK's Department of Art from 1929 to 1951 and he was instrumental in building the university's art book collections, donating many volumes to the art library in that era. It is fun to come across his name still inscribed in his neat, looping hand on books in the collection today.

Beginning with the collections Rannells built and expanding from there, art materials in the Fine Arts Library include books on criticism and history of art, exhibition catalogues, collection catalogues, microforms, video and AV formats, periodicals, reference materials, catalogues raisonnés, dissertations, artist's books, and online resources on subjects such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, graphic design, ceramics, fiber and textiles, and the decorative arts. Today the collections are maintained and added to thanks to the endowed fine arts funds donated to the library by Lucille Caudill Little. Collection strengths include contemporary art, photography books, local artists books, and other subjects researched, taught, and practiced by the School of Art & Visual Studies faculty such as 20th C. European and American art, printmaking, African art, textiles, and Japanese art.

Little Library Painting and Sculpture Collection

Most of the paintings, photographs, pieces of sculpture, and mixed media works on display at the Little Fine Arts Library have been provided by or funded by a generous donor. Many of the artists represented are from Kentucky or have local ties or connections with Kentucky.  The following artists are represented:  Jane Burch Cochran, Marjorie Guyon, Harlan Hubbard, Ron Isaacs, Eric Johnson, K.M. Johnson, Bow Hutcheson Kulp, Marianna McDonald, Fay Moore, M.S. Rezny, John Tuska, LaVon Van Williams Jr., Russell Weedman, and Albert Wong.  For more information, see this Research Guide: http://libguides.uky.edu/LittleLibraryart

Archives and Special Collections

Important archival collections to do with visual art and artists in Kentucky are held at the UK Libraries' Special Collections Research Center. Some examples include:

Collection on the Lexington Camera Club
     Lexington Camera Club exhibit photo from The Kentuckian yearbook 1959
108 gelatin silver prints of photographs by many members of the Lexington Camera Club, such as John L Carter, Curtis Creech, Van Deren Coke, J. W. Craig, W. G. Cox, Henry Duncan, Dr. Z. S. Gierlach, Tom Gregory, Dr. Charles N. Kavanaugh, A. Z. Looney, Robert May, R. Eugene Meatyard, John E. Thierman, Claude Warnecke, and Earl R. Young.
Finding aid link: Collection on the Lexington Camera Club

The Harlan Hubbard Image Collection
The Harlan Hubbard Image Collection contains over 500 slides and digital images of paintings by Harlan Hubbard, a Kentucky artist who lived from 1900-1988. Examples:

Harlan Hubbard Sycamores      Harlan Hubbard Untitled Barns      Harlan Hubbard Untitled hillside
Sycamores                                                 Untitled (Barns)                                          Untitled (Hillside)
© The images above are of paintings in a private collection and should not be reproduced without permission.

Victor and Carolyn Hammer papers
Contains manuscripts, writings, research, and correspondence of the two prominent printers as well as the business records for the Anvil Press.
Finding aid link: Victor and Carolyn Hammer papers 

The John Tuska Collection
Paper materials, photographic prints, slides, and videotapes formerly belonging to John Regis Tuska, an artist and University of Kentucky Professor of Art from 1963 to 1992.
Finding aid link: John Tuska Collection (University of Kentucky), circa 1931 - 1999 

Marie Hochstrasser papers
Professional and personal material of art educator and textile expert Marie Hochstrasser.
Finding aid link: Marie Hochstrasser papers, 1929 

Clifford Amyx papers
Correspondence, collected works, research materials, stamp collection, slides, and artworks that document the work of Amyx as a professor of art and art history in the University of Kentucky Art Department.
Finding aid link: Clifford Amyx papers 

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