Category Archives: Chapter Meetings

Spring Meeting at Roger Williams University – April 21, 2017

We are excited to announce the agenda for the ARLIS/NA New England Spring Meeting in Bristol, Rhode Island on Friday, April 21, 2017.


To RSVP, please fill out this form.


Roger Williams University School of Architecture Art and Historic Preservation (SAAHP)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

Gather in the Exhibition Gallery in the SAAHP building for check-in and conversation with coffee, tea and a light breakfast.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Presentation by Sara A. Butler, Professor of Art and Architectural History

“Amazing Groves:  Landscape and Memory at Bristol’s North and South Farms”

Beginning around 1870, George Rogers Hall, the first American to introduce Japanese trees and shrubs to the U.S. in the nineteenth century, established a groundbreaking collection on his estate in Bristol.  This talk examines the importer’s extraordinary garden and the utility of both his plantings and his memory to his heirs and successors.  Over time, stakeholders engaged variously in preservation, transformation, and veneration of the site, reshaping the landscape as they laid claim to his legacy.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Chapter business meeting

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.    

Drive from RWU into downtown Bristol.  Enjoy lunch and a chance to explore Bristol on your own.  Please see below for a list of dining choices.


Byfield School, Bristol

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

Presentation and tour by Michael Rich, Associate Professor of Art and Chairman of Arts in Common.

Just before 2:00 p.m. we will meet at the Byfield School on the corner of Church Street and High Street on the Bristol Town Common.  Professor Rich will talk about the work that Arts in Common is doing, in collaboration with others, to create an arts and culture district in Bristol.  The early nexus of the district is three former public school buildings currently in various stages of renovation and adaptive reuse.  A Providence Journal article from January provides some background on the project.

Additional Information

For additional details, sights around Bristol, and restaurant recommendations, see this document.

Fall Meeting at Yale – October 21st, 2016

yalelibraryBeinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, 9:30 am – 12 pm

  • 9:30 am – 10 am: check-in
  • 10 am – 11 am: Business Meeting
  • 11 am – 12 pm: Tour of the Beinecke Library

Lunch on your own, 12 pm – 1:45 pm

  • If this is your first time in New Haven, we will provide a list of recommendations

Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University: 1:45 pm – 3 pm

  • 1:45 pm – 2 pm: gather at the Haas Arts Library
  • 2 pm – 3 pm: Tour of the Library

Additional Details

For the full agenda and additional details, please see this document.


To RSVP, please fill out this form.

Spring Meeting at MassArt – April 29th, 2016

Join us in Boston Friday, April 29th for the ARLIS/NA New England and VRA New England joint 2016 Spring Meeting.

We will be starting the day at the new Design and Media Center and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a light breakfast and business meetings. Later we will visit the Isabella Gardner Museum. Hope to see you all there!


Agenda and other information







Image: Munsell artifacts from the MassArt Munsell archives

RSVP for the Fall 2015 Meeting in Providence

The ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Board is excited to announce the agenda for our Fall Meeting, coming up soon on Friday, October 23 in Providence, RI. Please feel free to join us for some or all of the day’s events!


Please use this form and let us know whether you plan to attend.

You can also use the form to arrange carpooling or share any news or announcements that we will bring to the business meeting, in the event that you cannot attend.


Providence Public Library (PPL), 10 am – 12 pm

  • 9:30 am – 10 am: check-in, 3rd Floor Meeting Room. Please use the entrance at 225 Washington Street. (per PPL policy the Board cannot provide coffee and breakfast; make sure you’re fed and caffeinated before you arrive!)
  • 10 am – 10:45 am: ARLIS/NA NE business meeting, 3rd Floor Meeting Room
  • 11:00 am -12:30 pm: presentation about PPL’s history and library tour

Lunch on your own in downtown Providence, 12 pm – 2 pm

  • We will provide a list of options!

Rhode Island School of Art & Design (RISD) Library, 2 pm – 4:30 pm

  • 2 pm – 2:45 pm: Tour of the RISD library, with brief staff talks
  • 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Refreshments in the Picture Collection room, sign up for a focused discussion topic
  • 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Focused discussions, or visit the RISD Museum. Discussion topics will include:
    • Reference and instruction with Ellen Petraits and Alice Whiteside
    • Library architecture and collection development with Carol Terry
    • Archives, including artists’ books and special collections, with Andy Martinez with Claudia Covert
    • Visual + Material Resource Center with Mark Pompelia
    • Technical Services with Bob Garzillo and Marc Calhoun

Getting to Providence

Providence Public Libary Address: 150 Empire Street Providence, RI 02903

RISD Library Address: 15 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903

Providence is accessible by the MBTA commuter rail, on the Providence/Stoughton line. The commuter rail stop is about a mile’s walk from the Providence Public Library, and about a half-mile’s walk from RISD. The PPL and RISD are about a half-mile apart from each another.

If you drive, check out the Park Downtown Providence page for information.



We are very excited to explore Providence, and we hope you’ll join us!