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Book of prints donated to McNay museum by Romos wins prestigious awards

Cover of "Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection"

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(Dec. 24, 2013) -- The International Fine Print Dealers Association selected “Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection” by Lyle W. Williams, curator of prints and drawings with the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, as the recipient of their 2013 book award.

This award, established to recognize authors for outstanding research and scholarship, encourages the discussion of new ideas in the filed of fine prints.

“Estampas de la Raza” introduces recent gifts of contemporary Mexican-American and Latino prints to the McNay from collectors Dr. Harriett Romo, UTSA professor of sociology, and UTSA President Ricardo Romo.

Michele T. Senecal, IFPDA executive director, said, “’Estampas de la Raza’ is widely praised by jurors who are pleased to note the focus on understanding this complex and under-researched field of the fascinating Latino-Chicano printmaking tradition.”

The McNay is proud to add this important recognition to the list of achievements the exhibition has enjoyed. The book also was named one of the best coffee table books of 2012 by the Austin-American Statesman, while the exhibition video was given a 2013 Silver citation from the Mitchell A. Wilder design competition awarded by the Texas Association of Museums.

This is the second time a McNay publication has received this prestigious IFPDA award. In 2007, the exhibition catalog for “Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 1920-1950,” co-authored by Williams, was given the same accolade.

For more information, contact Daniela Oliver-Portillo, McNay Art Museum, at 210-805-1754.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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