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  • Posted: April 10, 2017
    Illumination Exhibit

    UNCW Art History students exhibit Capstone research in an "illuminating" exhibit at Randall Library.

    Dr. Nicholas Hudson's Art History 476 Capstone Seminar students found themselves entrenched in researching and discovering a generous gift of 100 ancient lamps and small ceramic objects from Israel. After the collection was studied and curated, it was developed into a captivating exhibit on display exclusively in Randall Library's Sherman Hayes Gallery.

    Illumination: Discovering Roman, Byzantine, and Early Islamic Period Lamps from Israel

    In this comprehensive exhibit, 3 sections uncover how these lamps were made and used and how the lamps affected the lives of the people who used them to light their daily world:

    Shedding Light on the Spirit explores 3 distinctive religious groups existing in one small region.

    A Culture Brought to Light gives a glimpse of daily life during the period in which the lamps were used

    Creating Light from Darkness uncovers the mysteries behind the production of the lamps, how they were made and who made them

    An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 20th at 5:30 P.M. in The Sherman Hayes Gallery. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. 

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  • Posted: February 17, 2017
    A banner reading 2017 Flash Fiction Content Winners

    A big congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Flash Fiction Contest!

    The theme this year was "Propaganda" and our judges were impressed by how student writers were able to draw out the relevancy of this important topic in such short and powerful pieces of fiction.

    Three stories rose to the top:

    1st Place : Megan Ellis's Untitled (To Whom it May Concern)

    2nd  Place: Adam Gnuse's “In the End Times”

    3rd Place: C.J. Pendergast's  “Yoke & Literature vs. North Carolina”

    The judges also selected14 stories to be included alongside the winners in the annual Flash Fiction Anthology which is published by students in the UNCW Publishing Laboratory in the Department of Creative Writing and illustrated by graphic design students in the Department of Art & Art History:

    (alphabetical by author's last name)

    • Kate Barber's “Taking My Turn on the Sin Wagon”
    • Morgan Davis's “1936”
    • Ross Wells Gormley's “How Humans Should Love”
    • Mason Hamberlin's “Florida Man”
    • Tanner Heath's “Crunch Time”
    • Lauren Krouse's “The Greatest”
    • Kate A. McMullen's “Tutorial”
    • Patricia Patterson's “A Pillar of Stone”
    • Devon Peterson's "See Something/Say Something"
    • Ashleigh Bryant Phillips's Untitled
    • Anastasia Pratt's “The Red Whale”
    • Natalie Bell Starr's “A Mind Lie Mine”
    • Nicholas Story's “Elise and the King”
    • Mary Wheelehan's “The Last Generation”

    A celebration of this year's winners, contributors, publishers, and artists will he held on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017. Click here for details.


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  • Posted: February 08, 2017
    Text reading "see what titles are available at your local library as you browse for books!"

    Have you ever been browsing the web and wondered if a book was available at Randall Library? Now you can install Library Extension on your Chrome browser and find out! Library Extension works on Amazon, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, Audible, and more. As you browse for books, Library Extension will check our catalog and let you know if it is available in the library. If the book or e-book is available, you can navigate directly to the title in our catalog. You can also add the catalogs of your local public libraries to the extension.

    Library Extension is now available for Chrome and is coming soon to Firefox.

    Remember to add Randall Library to your list of local libraries! Find out more on the Library Extension website.

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  • Posted: February 02, 2017
    The Last Barn Dance Randall Library

    Randall Library, ACE, The UNCW Theatre Department, and Film Studies invite you to a screening and discussion of the documentary film The Last Barn Dance.

    About the Event

    Thrusday, February 23rd in the Randall Library Auditorium.

    Film screening, a special traditional dance performance by UNCW students, a Q&A with the filmmakers.

    Refreshements will be served.

    About the Film

    Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood – his farm is limping along through an economy that has decimated most other family farms in Alamance County – but Randy is most worried about losing his way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted nearly 50 years worth of barn dances. The farm is fragile, the band is old, the barn is beaten, and Randy, with no kids of his own and little faith the younger generation will pick up the pieces, is trying to save the dance.

    About the Filmmakers

    Jason Arthurs is a two-time North Carolina Photographer of the Year who began his career in newspapers but soon went on to direct the feature length film “Without a Fight” which premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2012. Jason’s love for the process of creating images—both moving and still—is only superceded by his love for coffee, bourbon and open ocean sailing.

    Ted Richardson has been working as a full-time photojournalist for the past 14 years. Over that time he has covered a variety of photo and multimedia assignements including stories in Afghanistan, Mexico, Bosnia, Nepal, Cuba, and across the U.S. While these large stories stand out, his career is best defined by smaller moments from daily life, by stories that reveal the lives of ordinary people in the community.


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  • Posted: January 31, 2017
    A Celebration of Flash Fiction

    Join us Tuesday, April 18th at 6 P.M. in Randall Library Sherman Hayes Gallery for a celebration of Flash Fiction 2017

    The event will include readings from the top winners, craft talks by student artists and designers, free books, and great food!

    Our annual Flash Fiction Contest is a hallmark of applied learning at UNCW and the entire student body is invited to participate. Flash Fiction is a story-writing competition where contestants have one week to write 500 words (or less)

    This year’s theme: PROPAGANDA

    2017 marks the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation, and what better time to celebrate information literacy and to remember one of history’s first major media revolutions?

    As it became possible for reliable information to spread widely and equitably, inevitably people began distributing information in a misleading way. Propaganda is a powerful tool of persuasion that can infiltrate our lives on political, cultural, and personal levels.

    From “fake news” to political advertisements, none of us are immune to propaganda in our daily lives. One of the missions of academic libraries is to empower users to discern good information from bad. Through information literacy instruction, one-on-one research assistance, and by providing access to quality research databases, libraries are a trusted defense against disinformation.


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  • Posted: January 17, 2017
    Wilcox Underbelly

    The first floor of Randall Library is now home to Art & Art History Associate Professor Aaron Wilcox's exceptional sculpture "Underbelly."

    From the artist: 

    "Underbelly exists in a larger pattern of work that uses porcelain and zip ties to make connections between disparate materials and ideas. Imbedded in all of the work is the embrace of the tradition of ceramics. The ancient ways of working and approach to the material in a specific way that exploits its plasticity and transformative characteristics, is the driving force. I address function specifically, but outside of the bounds of utility, by looking at relationships between parts, the impact of forces on the work like tension, friction, and gravity, and the activities of making; rolling, wrapping, stretching, binding--all ideas that are captured within the work."

    Learn more about Aaron Wilcox and his work. 

    At Randall Library, we pride ourselves on our commitment to showcasing art from southeastern North Carolina, especially works from our valued students and faculty, past and present. 


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  • Posted: January 13, 2017
    Student Sculpture on Display at Randall Library

    We are excited to exhibit 6 original works from current students in Professor Andi Steele's Beginning and Intermediate Sculpture courses in the Department of Art & Art History.

    The sculpures can be found in our New & Popular Book Collection on the first floor of the library and represent work from student artists Tessa Butler, Krista Hemminger, Layne Kennedy, Jen Sams, Josh Stallings, and Megan Yates. 

    At Randall Library, we pride ourselves on our commitment to showcasing art from southeastern North Carolina, especially works from our valued students and faculty, past and present. 

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  • Posted: January 13, 2017
    Ask a Librarian Mobile App

    Available on Google Play and the App Store, the Ask A Librarian mobile app connects you to all of your library's reference services, including chat, texting, email, and frequently asked questions. Download it and select Randall Library as a favorite! Visit http://askalibrarian.ninja/ for download links and more information.

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  • Posted: January 13, 2017
    scan easier and faster

    Save time & the environment with Randall Library's new walk up scanning station... helping you go paperless!

    Unlike our existing flatbed scanners, our new high-speed walk up scanning station is:

    • fast, 
    • doesn't require a login,
    • can scan to email or a flashdrive,
    • creates sharp scans, 
    • is designed to handle open books, and 
    • can scan virtually any size book, magazine, journal, newspaper, photo or other material in black & white or full color.

    Step-by-step directions are located at the scanning station, which is located on is located on the first floor, near our bank of printers. Ask the Research Help Desk for directions or assistance.

    walk up scanner location on map

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  • Posted: January 10, 2017
    NCLT: A Look Back on 30 Years of Craft

    Join us for an exhibit opening in The Sherman Hayes Gallery. Thursday, January 12th, 5:30 p.m. Guest speaker, Ruth Heath, 6:30 p.m.

    This event is part of the first UNCW Campus Art Walk

    NCLT: A Look Back on 30 Years of Craft is a retrospective of artisans who have received the North Carolina Living Treasures designation by the UNCW Museum of World Cultures. This recognition celebrates the value of artists and their craft, as well as their contributions to education and society. Since its beginning, the biannual honor has recognized boatwrights, potters, luthiers, marqueters, blacksmiths, gunsmiths, weavers, glass artisans, and bookbinders, to name a few. These craft artists reflect talents developed over decades of study and work, attaining the highest levels of achievement in their respective fields.

    The North Carolina Living Treasures Award is made possible by an endowment to UNCW from Martin Meyerson, M.D. in memory of his mother, Dorothy Meyerson. It was originally conceived by UNCW faculty member Dr. Gerald "Jerry" Shinn, who coordinated the process until he retired and moved from Wilmington.

    This retrospective at Randall showcases 13 original pieces from the Library's permanent collection, including two large objects from artists who have the distinction of winning the National Living Treasures Award.

    Learn more about the North Carolina Living Treasures.

    NCLT: A Look Back on 30 Years of Craft will be on display through March 2017.


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