September Staff Picks: American Artists, American Art

Reading Room, Second Floor

"American Artists, American Art, from the Curriculum “CURR” and “JUV” shelves on the 2nd floor of the Gottesman Libraries, features picture book biographies and stories for children. Included are profiles of painters, multimedia artists, sculptors, and illustrators, as well as stories about iconic works such as the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the U.S. Capitol and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.  


Reading aloud stories of artists and art to children offers special delights. We are often introduced to the artist as a young child. We identify with the bravery, originality, and persistence the artists demonstrated in pursuing their vision. By placing ourselves in their shoes, it becomes possible to imagine ourselves as artists. Consider how art education has impacted your life. Share a personal story with your students.


For me, it was visiting Manhattan art galleries with my artist father. Later, I discovered a passion for collage and silkscreen in high school. Being an artist felt within reach, thanks to that childhood introduction to art."

 -- Curator's Statement

Simone Schloss is a Library Services Associate who graduated from Simmons College in 2017 with an MLIS, and honors from Beta Phi Mu, the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society. Simone holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree in Economics from Princeton University.


Staff Picks is curated each month by the Gottesman Libraries' staff to highlight resources on educational topics and themes of special interest.


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Last Updated: 1:36 pm, Wednesday, Sep 4 , 2019