On Display: LCS 220 Mail Art


Professor Martha Kuhlman’s LSC 220 class uses a creative approach to answer the question, “What kind of art inspires you?” For one recent assignment, students produced collaborative Mail Art.

“This project really combines the three skills that the students learn in this class,” said Professor Kuhlman. “This class teaches them to create, collaborate and explore.”

The project involved two sections of the LCS 220 class. One section started the assignment, creating letters showing the types of visual art that inspired them. These letters were “mailed” to the other LCS section, which responded creatively by adding to the original letters or composing written responses.

“We don’t get personal mail anymore,” said Kuhlman. “In class, we talked about the different ways that we communicate now, by texting or using social media. This discussion and project allowed (the students) to think about how we communicate and challenged them to use a medium that was different than what they use daily.”

You can see the students’ Mail Art on display in the cases by the Library entrance. Come take a look today!


On Display at the Library: Altered Books


Professor Joan Zaretti’s “Creativity and the Arts” class has had a busy semester as they’ve been learning how one can explore creativity as a general process of engagement. One of their projects, “Altered Books,” is currently on display in Krupp Library.

This project showcased the students creative reactions to the cover or contents of a book. “They used the text as an inspiration and responded, showing what it brought to mind,” said Professor Zaretti. “This allows them to see how even words on a page are part of a visual and creative response.”

Students chose a book and had the freedom to alter it visually, or even physically alter the book itself.  The display highlights the many different interpretations that students had and shows how they transformed the existing piece into something new.

While students had little or no background in visual arts, their response in this project shows a strong display of creative talents that included drawings, mixed media and sculpture.

“This class shows students how artistic communities can find inspiration among each other,” said Professor Zaretti. “The students now see how communities use each other as inspiration. This is a skill that they can translate to other aspects of their lives.”

Come and check out the display!

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20 Things About the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library

  1. The library has copies of the Archway from 1946-present, some are even online!
  2. The library uses a Motorola Droid to answer all your texted questions.
  3. Over 130 library staff members come to the Bryant Library from all over the state of RI twice a year for conferences–and many mention how beautiful the campus is.
  4. What do Bryant and Steven Spielberg have in common? The architect that designed the Bello Center also did the Academy Award–winning director’s house.
  5. The amount of shelving in the library in linear feet would be nearly five miles if the shelves were placed end-to-end.
  6. Bryant has an Art Collection.  Most of the pieces were donated by alums, and not all can be displayed at one time.  To check out the full collection, look on the library’s site under Special Collections.
  7. Did you know there are 3 scanners available to use in the library, 2 on the main level and 1 on the 2nd floor?  The one upstairs is referred to as the Kurzweil scanner and can even read your scanned text to you in a groovy robot voice.
  8. Ever feel like you have completely forgotten the library tour you took as part of your FFL class?  We have a virtual tour on Youtube that shows all the cool stuff you may have forgotten about.
  9. All of the librarians and student workers at the desk are there to help you.  You are never interrupting us–our job is first and foremost helping students.
  10. We have 75 desktop computers for student use, and the whole facility is wireless.  If you’d rather plug your laptop in, you can borrow an ethernet cable from the Access Services desk.
  11. Ever wanted to know a little more about your professors?  In the Library’s Digital Commons, we have most full-time faculty’s CVs, articles written by faculty and senior theses written by former Bryant students.  It’s an interesting way to learn about faculty and former students, and also a good place to do research.

    Edith M. Hodgson

  12. The library used to be located on the lower-level of the Unistructure.  At that time, it was known as theEdith M. Hodgson Memorial Library.  Dr. Percy Hodgson was a president of Rotary International and he and his wife traveled together to as many Rotary Clubs as possible throughout the world.  They picked up many art pieces along the way, which they also donated to Bryant.   The library moved in 2002 when the Bello Center was completed.
  13. There are a total of 571 seats in the library with the option of seating up to 400 people in the Grand Hall.
  14. Every semester, we negotiate to get trial subscriptions to databases we don’t normally subscribe to.  Sometimes a database proves to be so beloved of students and faculty that we get a subscription, sometimes it’s just a handy way to get a homework assignment done faster.  On the Articles and Databases page, check the top and see if we have any Helin Trial Databases–you might find something interesting and useful!
  15. The library sells glue sticks for $.50, but lends a whole bunch of other office supplies if you just leave your ID with us.  We have pens, colored pencils, dry erase markers, highlighters, permanent markers, scissors and more!
  16. The Library is named after Douglas Krupp and wife Judith.  Mr. Krupp graduated from Bryant in 1969 and received an honorary Doctor of Science in Business Administration at Bryant’s 1989 commencement.  Mr. Krupp was a Bryant University Trustee from 1991/92 -2000/01.  Mr. Krupp returned to Bryant’s Board in 2008/2009 and continues to serve in this capacity to this day.  The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library opened in September 2002 with the generous support of the Krupps.
  17. There’s a coffee shop in the library–Bulldog Bytes Cafe.  They will help keep you fortified with caffeine and snacks on those late nights and early mornings.
  18. The library is not just about scholarly books, we also have a Leisure Reading collection.  This used to be on the second floor, but recently moved to the first floor next to the periodicals.  When you’re tired of crunching numbers and feel like you just can’t learn anymore, stop by and cozy up with something light and entertaining.  Also, you can request that the library purchase a book for the leisure collection
  19. We have old copies of Bryant yearbooks going all the way back to 1939!  These can be endlessly entertaining and full of fashion and hair styling ideas.
  20. The library lends both kindles (digital readers) and iPads.  These are available first-come, first-served basis and check out for one week with an optional one week renewal.