On behalf of the ARLIS/NA Executive Board and the Fort Worth conference planning team, I am delighted to invite you to participate in the 43rd Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America in Fort Worth, Texas exploring our theme, New Frontiers on the Old Frontier. From March 19 – 23, 2015 the ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter will host this premiere event for art and visual information professionals with an exciting program that takes us from cowboys to culture, from the Old West to the digital horizon.
The ARLIS/NA Annual Conference provides attendees myriad opportunities to connect with colleagues from around the world, to learn about innovative projects and practices, and to engage in discussion about current trends and issues of most concern to our profession. The conference will be held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, blending contemporary design and down-home Texan hospitality. The hotel property features elegant guest rooms, pool and spa, and spacious facilities for conference sessions and social events. Beyond the Omni conference site, Fort Worth offers an abundance of extraordinary art and cultural experiences. Located within easy walking distance is historic Sundance Square which offers a wide range of excellent restaurants, shops and nightlife options amid beautiful historic buildings, red brick streets and charming interior courtyards.
Fort Worth is home to three of the nation’s most significant art museums – the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Together these three museums anchor the Fort Worth Cultural District and provide a tour de force presentation of contemporary museum architecture. Special events throughout the conference will be hosted at these magnificent venues by Louis I. Kahn, Philip Johnson, Tadao Ando, and Renzo Piano. We hope conference attendees will extend their visit to devote ample time to study and enjoy the collections at each of these truly outstanding museums.
The Fort Worth Cultural District is also home to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Museum of Science and History, and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). Venturing a little further to nearby Dallas Arts District you will find the Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum – a major collection of 15th to 20th century Spanish art. Our local arrangements co-chairs Beverly Mitchell and Beverly Carver have organized self-guided and scheduled tours to many Fort Worth and Dallas venues throughout the conference days.
The theme of the 43rd Annual Conference is New Frontiers on the Old Frontier and our program co-chairs Catherine Essinger and Lynn Wexler have developed an enriching program of papers workshops, and sessions that will explore current and emergent interests across professional practice in art and architectural libraries. Between thought provoking sessions, practical workshops, beautiful exhibits, festive social gatherings and diverse cultural offerings, Fort Worth is sure to be an exciting conference.
I hope to see you here!
Carole Ann Fabian