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Apply now for the Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship!

Applications are due September 20th, 2017.

Please send applications or questions to:

Katie Riel, ARLIS/NA NE Past Chair


The purpose of this award is to support and encourage future art librarians by helping to defray student expenses (tuition, professional development, housing, materials, etc.)


Applicants must be aspiring art information professionals currently enrolled or accepted into a fully accredited New England school of library and information science.


$500 in award funding will be distributed to one applicant during the calendar year. Chapter members have generously contributed to the Seibel Scholarship fund over the years and donations are always welcome.


Applicants should send a letter describing themselves and their interest in art librarianship, visual resources, and/or cultural heritage with proof of enrollment (course schedule, transcript, etc.) in, or an acceptance letter from, an accredited New England school of library and information science.

Award recipients are required to provide a written account of how they use the Seibel funds to help finance their education and/or professional growth. This account must be submitted to the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Board no later than one month from the date of award disbursal.


The Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship was established in the summer of 2001 to honor ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Life Member Elmar Seibel, a respected book dealer, bibliographer, curator, and collector, and esteemed friend to art libraries and art librarians regionally, nationally, and internationally. Elmar Seibel is founder and president of Ars Libri Ltd., in Boston, a company that has since 1976 served as a resource for scholars, librarians, collectors, and artists.

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.

ARLIS/NA NE VP Nominations!

Do you have a passion for visual arts librarianship? Are you looking to amp up your professional involvement?
The ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Board is seeking nominees (self-nominations welcome) for a new Vice-President/President-Elect. The position will commence on January 1, 2016. This is a three-year term, transitioning to President in the second year and Past President in the third. For more information about the position visit by-laws page or contact Kate Thornhill,
If interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please submit a letter of intent by Monday, December 14. The letter should include the name and contact information of the nominee, the intended position, and a brief statement about the candidate’s suitability. Letters should be sent to Kate Thornhill; please also copy Ashley Peterson at
If your nomination is accepted you will be contacted no later than Friday, December 18.


Welcome to 2015 with ARLIS/NA New England!

Hello, ARLIS New England!

First, an introduction: I’m Ashley Peterson, the current President of the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter. I took the reins from Gabrielle Reed on January 1, and will be serving through the end of 2015. The other Board officers and I are excited about the year ahead! Read on to see what’s in store…

Membership Renewal: First and foremost, make sure your ARLIS/NA New England membership is up-to-date! You can renew here. Please note that you can join at either the Member or Associate level—see our website for more information.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: If you’re not familiar with the Art + Feminism Wikipedia campaign, check it out! MassArt will be hosting an editing event on March 7 from 11 am-5 pm. If you’re interested in participating, get in touch with Gabrielle Reed at

National Conference: If you’ll be in Fort Worth this March, come join your fellow New England Chapter members for a meeting on Sunday, March 22 at 9:30 am in Sundance 3.

Spring and Fall Meetings: Dates and locations TBD. As always, you can expect to catch up with colleagues and visit institutions doing creative, cutting-edge work in arts librarianship and cultural heritage.

Art Documentation Twitter Chats: We will be facilitating Twitter conversations about the spring and fall Art Documentation publications. Join us to discuss what you find interesting from the issues!

Informal Meet-Ups: Grab some drinks and see some art with your ARLIS/NA New England colleagues. We’ll be gathering in Boston a few times this year; keep an eye out for official announcements.

Resume Workshop with VRA and SLA New England Chapters: ARLIS/NA NE will be will be reaching out and coordinating with VRA and SLA for an arts librarianship/visual resources/cultural heritage resume workshop at Simmons this fall. If you’re a new professional or just need to polish your resume, stay tuned and stop by!

Fall Webinar: the Board will be facilitating a webinar about arts librarianship/visual resources careers. More information to come.

I look forward to seeing and meeting you all throughout the year. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch!

Ashley Peterson
President, ARLIS/NA New England Chapter
SMFA Librarian
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | 617-369-3653