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Event:  “Zines in the Scholarly World,” a panel featuring artist Michael Sieben. This event is free and open to the public.

When: 6–7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Where: The University of Texas at Austin, Fine Arts Library, DFA 3.200 (map).

 Background:  The Fine Arts Library will host a will host a panel presentation featuring the Visual Arts Center’s 2014 artist-in-residence Michael Sieben, and three experts who have an interest and passion for zines and limited editions. 

What is a zine and why are they made?  Why are they important to our contemporary world and cultural history? Why should libraries be collecting them? What do students learn from making zines in studio art courses and how can a zine collection assist in learning?

Sieben will be joined by Fine Arts Head Librarian Laura Schwartz, Susan Thomas of Long Island University – Brooklyn and studio art lecturer Jason Urban to address these questions and more about the cultural significance of this very DIY phenomenon.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Visual Arts Center.  It is a companion program to the Visual Arts Center’s exhibition of Michael Sieben’s work It Will All Happen Again and the zine-making workshop lead by Sieben on Saturday, April 12. 

Generous support for It Will All Happen Again comes from Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth, Stratus Properties and the W Austin.


Michael Sieben, artist. Sieben is the artist-in-residence at the Visual Arts Center for Spring 2014, and his work will be featured in the Vaulted Gallery. An Austin-based artist, Michael received his BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin, later co-founding the critically-acclaimed Okay Mountain Gallery and Collective. He’s also worked as a commercial designer-illustrator for the likes of MTV, Vans, Vice and Volcom Clothing, and recently became the Managing Editor of Thrasher magazine. Sieben illustrated a 2013 edition of The Wizard of Oz published by Harper Design.

Laura Schwartz, librarian, Fine Arts Library, The University of Texas at Austin. Schwartz has been collecting zines and limited editions for the Fine Arts Library for approximately 4 years.  In 2011, she gave a presentation on collecting zines in Helsinki, Finland as part of the IFLA Arts Section. As interest in the zine collection has grown, Schwartz has built a web presence for the collection, worked with faculty in continuing to develop and promote the library’s resources.

Susan Thomas, Coordinator of Reference Services, Assistant Professor, Long Island University - Brooklyn. Thomas has established and taught with a zine collection at multiple institutions including the Pratt Institute (2003-2006), Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY (2008-2011) and currently at LIU Brooklyn. She published an article in Art Documentation about art zines — "Value and Validity of Art Zines as an Art Form" — and spoke on the subject at the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) in 2012 (“Too Cool for School: Art Zines in Academic Libraries”).  She also presented about zines at the Contemporary Artists' Book Conference(CABC) / NY Art Book Fair in 2009 at the session "Zines : Institutional Collecting, Zine Makers, and the Fine Line of Art."

Jason Urban, lecturer, Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin. Urban teaches printmaking and various foundations that sometimes integrate zine-making. He recently co-developed a Freshman UGS Seminar called “Print in the Digital Age” that examines the relationship of analogue and digital print. He is also co-founder of website, Printeresting, the thinking person's favorite resource for interesting print miscellany.

Article published on February 13, 2014 - 9:05am

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