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curtis red buttonUpcoming Events

"...the Forest for the Trees" exhibit opening and film screening October 10, 2015
Fellowship lecture - Katie Fiorelli - rsvp form coming soon December 4, 2015 6-8 pm
Exhibition on Woodcuts - with modern woodcut artistry by Ken Marshall March 12, 2016
Insect exhibition July 9, 2016

curtis red button Lloyd Announces 2015-16 Fellowship Awardees

The Lloyd continues its tradition of promoting both academic and artistic research in Cincinnati with its latest round of Fellowship Awardees. This endeavor serves to highlight Cincinnati as a destination for research, because this locally little-known library has patrons from around the world and holds materials that are not often available elsewhere, either in the United States or beyond that are invaluable in reconstructing our American past, in inspiring new artistic works, and forwarding downtown Cincinnati's mission to provide cultural enrichment for Cincinnatians and the world.

The Library received many qualified applications for the Curtis Gates Lloyd Fellowship on a variety of fascinating topics. The Lloyd received another round of qualified and interesting project applications for this year's Fellowship cycle. Applicants were from all over the United States and covered a host of topics. We chose the cream of the crop and look forward to what they will be working on:

Katherine FiorelliKatherine Fiorelli, Historian, University of Cincinnati (MA, 2015): Fiorelli will be completing a research project entitled, "Medicine and the Great War, a Time of Radical Change?" which will examine the treatment of mental health issues (post-traumatic stress disorder, primarily) during World War I. During her 2-month stay at the Lloyd, Fiorelli will examine historic texts and archival holdings to gain insight into the development of medicine and mental health treatment during the war. With a brief flashback at the US Civil War, she will contextualize our understanding of what war's effect on soldiers really was.

Frezza ChiaoAdam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Artists, New York City: Frezza and Chiao are an artistic duo from Brooklyn, New York. They focus on the natural world, both as inspiration and source material, with playful, whimsical results. They will spend a month exploring the Lloyd's vast botanical book collections, which will be the jumping off point for a new series of drawings and paintings. They are especially interested in the medicinal properties of plants and how to convey that through art.

Yvonne MorrissYvonne Morriss, Historian, University of Notre Dame (Ph.D., 2013): Morriss will be studying a pair of 18th century brother landscapers in her project, "Light and Sight in the Garden." This research will provide information for several chapters in a new book Morriss is working on, including information on historical plant studies, Thomas Knight's publications (he is one of the brothers), and the influence of the other brother, Richard, on landscape design.

Fellows will be expected to deliver a brief lecture concerning their findings. Artists will also be expected to exhibit their artistic works resulting from this research. Dates and times will be announced at a later time.

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Read more about the Fellowship program and past awardees

curtis red button Lloyd Library and Museum is preparing for a future mural on the building:
Curtis Gates Lloyd: Nature's Librarian (2014) by Mary Louise Holt


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Lloyd Library and Museum with mural

Nature's Librarian by Mary Louise HoltThe Lloyd is raising funds for a future (2016) building mural in conjunction with ArtWorks. Described as one of the most nondescript and invisible buildings downtown, the Lloyd is working to increase its visibility, both through vibrant programming and through distinctive art. This painting of Curtis Gates Lloyd, the Lloyd brother who did so much to build this fine institution, has been depicted as part of nature, its caretaker and guardian, in this commissioned piece by Cincinnati-based artist, Mary Louise Holt.

Holt's painting was inspired by a visit to the Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area in Crittenden, Kentucky. She has re-imagined the historic property to what it might have looked like in Lloyd's own lifetime. And, like the Lloyd, the painting inspires viewers to reconnect with the great outdoors and be moved to preserve their own little corner of the world.

Here's your opportunity to put this unique institution on the map and help others know what you already know - the Lloyd is a Cincinnati Treasure not to be missed. (Donor benefits described below)

Fundraising Goal: $50,000.00 - 3.5% of goal met so far.
Help us make this happen!

Donor Benefits

Flora Level - $50.00-499.00 - Our sincere thanks for your help, a Lloyd Friends membership with invitations to exclusive Lloyd events AND your choice of a mug, bag, or notecards from our store

Fauna Level - $500.00-1,499.00 - All of the above PLUS a behind the scenes private tour of the Library

Fungi Level - $1,500.00-4,999.00 - All of the above PLUS an exclusive donors reception AND a signed, limited edition print (approx 12x18") of the original commissioned painting by Mary Louise Holt

Lloyd Level - $5,000.00 and above - All of the above, but with signed, special limited edition print (approx. 22x28) of the original painting by Mary Louise Holt, AND your name on donor's plaque for the mural.


curtis red button Lloyd Library and Museum is raising funds to install the SpiceRack - an ArtWorks bike rack project.

SpiceRack design by Brenda TarbellThe Lloyd Library is helping to promote the use of bicycles as transportation by providing SpiceRack - a place to park your bike. We have partnered with ArtWorks and the artistic duo of Brenda and David Tarbell - a stellar mother and son team, to produce the Art Rack.

The Lloyd is conveniently located near City Hall and at the end of the new bike lanes on Central Parkway, so this is the optimal place to park your bike for access to all of downtown!

Blackwell's depiction of nutmeg and maceWhat is the SpiceRack? It's a bike rack, first and foremost, designed to hold from 6-8 bicycles. Second, it's a look at the natural world through the eyes of an artist. You might buy jars of spices to cook with, but do you know what the spice plants look like?  Some of them are even medicinal. So, here's a chance to be green and learn something about greens!  Park your bike and drop in to see one of Cincinnati's hidden gems!

Right now, we've approved a design (model above right) and are raising funds to help make this happen. Brenda Tarbell has done the design based on research in the Lloyd's collections and particularly was taken with the shape and feel of the spice Mace (the webby covering of the nutmeg) from Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal (1739 - image section seen at left), and even a casual observer can see the connection between the mace/nutmeg form and Tarbell's final design.

Fundraising goal: $7,500.00 - 47.3% of goal met so far. Help our percentage number grow!
(If 75 people each gave $100.00, we would reach our goal in no time!)


Donor Benefits

Clove Level: $5.00-99.00 - Our sincere thanks for your help and your choice of a mug, bag, or notecards from our store.

Saffron Level: $100.00-499.00 - The above, PLUS invites to exclusive Lloyd events and a one-year Friends' Membership

Pepper Level: $500-999.00 - Clove and Saffron benefits, PLUS a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lloyd

Fennel Level: $1,000.00-2,499.00 - Clove, Saffron, and Pepper benefits, PLUS one free registration to one of our great botany walks (date and place TBD)

Cinnamon-Level: $2,500.00 or more - All of the above, PLUS, Name on Bronze Plaque on the front of the building (917 Plum Street, Cincinnati, 45202)

curtis red button Tarot Card Decks Still Available

tarot card backside artYou might have missed the release party, but you don't have to miss the cards! We have decks signed by Ken Henson, the art restorier and card back designer. Signed cards are available exclusively at the Lloyd.

Get yours now! Makes a great gift for the holidays! Only $40.00. Part of the proceeds goes to help support the mission of the Lloyd.




curtis red button Lloyd Library and Museum Announces New Board Member, Dr.Valerie Pence

Dr. Valerie PenceThe Lloyd Library and Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Valerie Pence to its Board of Directors. Pence is the Director of Plant Research at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Pence conducts research in plant propagation and cryopreservation and supervises all the plant research conducted at CREW. Receiving her degrees from Mount Holyoke (B.S.) and Northwestern University (M.S. and Ph.D.), she completed post-doctoral work at Purdue University before joining the University of Cincinnati's Biological Sciences department. In 1986, Pence established the Plant Research Division and CREW. Since that time, she has received numerous awards for her work in plant conservation, as well as several grants that have helped fund her important work.

Pence was nominated by current Lloyd Board Member, Dr. Meg Riestenberg, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at the Mount St. Joseph University. In her nomination, Riestenberg commented on Pence's suitability for the Lloyd Board: "Dr. Pence is world-renowned for her research in plant preservation, and has received awards and grants from national and state conservation organizations." Upon election to the board, Pence said of her appointment: "I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Board and to learn more about the Lloyd Library and Museum, an institution that I've admired for many years." This promises to be a fruitful and productive board addition for the Lloyd.

Pence joins eight other board members, Heather E. Curless (owner of Greener Stock), Todd A. Felthaus (President of the Board and PNC Wealth Mgmt. Advisor), John S. Haller, Jr. (Prof. Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), Matthew Hoffman (Vice President of the Board and 5/3 Bank Senior Client Consultant), A. Douglas Kinghorn (The Ohio State University, Natural Products Chemistry), Donna McMillan (Proctor & Gamble, Human Safety Toxicologist), Nicholas P. Money (Miami University, Prof. of Botany and Western Program Director), and Meg Riestenberg (see above). The Board members of the Lloyd serve on various committees, helping select the Lloyd Fellowship recipients, overseeing annual budget decisions, and generally promoting this world-class scientific Library to the academic and public communities.

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Learning and Service Scholarships Available at the Lloyd Library and Museum

The Lloyd Library and Museum is pleased to announce the availability of a Learning and Service Scholarship. Graduate students in library science and graduate and senior level students in history are eligible. The award is $500 per term and requires 15 hours per month of service (for the duration of the term) during which time recipients will receive hands-on training and experience in areas of either library or archives practice and theory in a special library setting. To read more about this opportunity and how to apply, download this informational flyer.

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