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The 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.
The Lloyd Library is hosting a free screening of the "The Lost Bird Project" documentary film. The screening will be from 6-8 p.m. on August 15, 2014, and is a wrap-up event for our "Back from the Brink" exhibition.
Gone and nearly forgotten in extinction, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Passenger Pigeon leave holes not just in the North American landscape but in our collective memories. Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to create memorials to the lost birds - to bring their vanished forms back into the world. The Lost Bird Project follows the road-trip that McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy Stern, take as they search for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiate for permission to install McGrain’s large bronze sculptures there.
The film is directed by Deborah Dickson, whose previous films have been nominated three times for Oscars, and is produced by Muffie Meyer, whose previous directing credits include the original Grey Gardens documentary and several Emmy award-winning documentaries. The score, composed by Grammy-winner Christopher Tin, is a stirring tone-poem for chamber orchestra, evoking the majesty of these flocks of birds, and the pathos of their eventual demise.
Traveling all the way from the tropical swamps of Florida to Martha's Vineyard to the rocky coasts of Newfoundland over a period of two years, McGrain and Stern scout locations, talk to park rangers, speak at town meetings and battle bureaucracy in their effort to gather support for the project. McGrain's aim in placing the sculptures is to give presence to the birds where they are now so starkly absent. "These birds are not commonly known," he says, "and they ought to be, because forgetting is another kind of extinction. It’s such a thorough erasing."
The Lost Bird Project is a film about public art, extinction and memory. It is an elegy to five extinct North American birds and a thoughtful, moving, sometimes humorous look at the artist and his mission.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as seating is limited for this free screening at the Lloyd. Register in the form below or email email@example.com or phone 513-721-3707 to reserve a spot.
The Lloyd Library is pleased to announce its upcoming new exhibition, "Back from the Brink: Celebrating Species Making a Comeback," a group art show by MasterWorks for Nature artists (several pictured at left). (www.masterworksfornature.com) The art, as well as the rare books on display, celebrate iconic species that were once on the brink of extinction, but through positive human intervention, managed to stage a comeback. Featured species include the Bald Eagle, Bison, wolf, trumpeter swan, and grizzly bear, among others.
Why this show, this year? 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the death of the last known passenger pigeon, Martha, at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Despite valiant efforts to find her a mate and prevent the extinction, that did not come to pass, though it highlights the Zoo's long history of working to save endangered species.
The concurrent book exhibition features rare natural history titles held by the Lloyd, some of which provide the earliest printed depictions of the featured species. The books center on the work of the "father of natural history," a Frenchman, George-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, who in the 18th century wrote one of the most comprehensive and scientifically based natural history encyclopedias then available. His work formed the basis of natural history research and development for the next 100+ years.
Art show sales will benefit the Lloyd Library as well as the Carl H. Lindner Jr., Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Following the completion of a successful first year of Fellowships, the Lloyd Library and Museum was pleased to offer a new round of Fellowships for the 2014/15 Academic Year. 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. From this pool of proposals, three were selected as being particularly worthy by submitting proposals that make excellent use of the Lloyd's varied collections both from academic and artistic aspects. Recipients are both locally and nationally based, working on a wide-range of projects:
Abby Artemisia, Botanist, University of Miami graduate (2013): Artemisia will be examining the Elizabeth Brockschlager archival collection, creating a database of plants listed by Brockschlager, a botanist and consultant for the creation of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County, Ohio, from her trips to Adams County. Artemisia will then visit Edge of Appalachia on several occasions and compare the ca 1970s lists with what is there now to assess environmental health and development of the area. A database of her work will be available through the Lloyd.
Allison Rae Smith, MFA Candidate, University of Cincinnati: Smith will be researching the depiction of historic "Wunderkammer,"or curiosity cabinets that individuals would use to display what were considered especially exotic objects and which were most popular in the 16th century in Europe. Using the Lloyd's vast historic scientific literature, Smith will then produce her own series of Wunderkammer, which will then be on display at the Lloyd as part of an art exhibition based on Smith's research.
Sasha M. White, Artist, Eugene Oregon: In 2008, White completed an internship at the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in Miegs County, Ohio, getting her first real introduction to Appalachian medicinal plants. At that time she also learned of an odd botanical relationship between Appalachian plants and similar plants in Eastern Asia. White will be studying these two separate, but related, ecosystems, and then create a handmade artists' book documenting, in an artistic way, that research, and exploring how these two disparate ecosystems are seemingly so related.
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.
For more complete bios and descriptions of proposed Fellowship projects, click here.
The application instructions for the Curtis Gates Lloyd Research Fellowship are now available. The Fellowship, which can last from 1 to 3 months, provides funds for researchers to conduct research at the Lloyd in any of its wide topic areas, including but not limited to: Medicinal Botany, Organic/Botanical Chemistry, Natural History, Early Travel and Exploration, Ethnobotany, History of Science/Medicine/Pharmacy, Visual Arts, and Cultural/Ethnic/Social History. The Fellowship stipend is for $2,500.00/month for the duration of the Fellowship. To read the list of full application requirements, download the announcement.
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.