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News From the Libraries: October 2019

Cut Paper and the Tenuous Nature of Human Existence

One of two artists now on display in Briscoe Library, local San Antonio artist Laura Schultz is well known for her work in cut paper. Viewers of her exhibit will be treated to many layers of meaning as they get closer to each piece. Ms. Schultz earned an MFA in fiber and mixed media from the John F. Kennedy University in 1993, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986.  She returned to her native San Antonio in 2001, where she maintains a studio and teaches art.

Watch for more news about her artist’s talk and paper-cutting class at the end of October during the library Student Appreciation Week.

Artist Statement

With my work in cut paper I try to evoke the tenuous nature of human existence. Using a small blade, I cut intricate images that are enormous, at times even architectural in scale. The works command attention because of their size, yet when they are combined with the fragile, ephemeral nature of paper as a material, a range of emotions occurs that I find deeply provocative: tension, joy, anxiety, melancholy. This contradiction of power and vulnerability manifests a terrible beauty for me: a size that can overwhelm or intimidate, in a material that emanates susceptibility and fragility.

I draw on memories, dreams, and bits of archaic literature for my imagery. At times, certain stories morph with my personal memories and dreams until it is impossible to see where one begins and the other ends. My intention is to capture an atmosphere of emotion, visually responding to narrative moments that offer a deep sense of human experience.

Artist Laura Schultz installing her work Alphabet of Death.

Student Appreciation Week – Oct 28 to Nov 1

Join us from 11am to 1pm October 28th through November 1st for Briscoe Library’s 3rd Annual Student Appreciation Week!

New Art Specimens on Display in the Library

Perfect for this time of year, you must come by and visit the latest specimens on display at Briscoe Library. The exhibit, curated by library Special Collections Assistant Melissa DeThorne, is an introduction to the work of artist Carla Yeatts. Carla graduated from the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects Program in 2017 and since then has been making creature sculptures in her studio in Austin, Texas. She is inspired by classic horror films: Phantom of the OperaCreature from the Black LagoonThe Wolf Man and more recent examples, HellboyHellraiser, and Pan’s Labyrinth. You can find her creatures at galleries across the United States and in homes of private collectors.

For more information about Carla, see her website at To meet the artist, plan on attending the artist’s lunch-time reception on October 28th during Student Appreciation Week in the library.


Prints of Carla’s works are available for purchase.

Subscribe to the Treasures Blog

nterested in learning more about the history of medicine or health care? Ever wonder what remedies were used long ago to treat ailments? Subscribe to the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon blog and learn the fascinating truths about the history of the health sciences.  Last month’s post, Not Just Another Putti Face, features the mischievous, wingless toddler boys that pop up in art and illustration. Look closely inside our 1543 copy of Vesalius’ de Fabrica and you will find putti performing some quite gruesome tasks; the capital letter “I”, for example, depicts putti robbing a fresh grave by candlelight.

Read more about putti and other historical medical subjects in the Treasures blog.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog to receive updates about events, lectures, rare book viewings, and more!

October 18th – Deadline for Nixon Dinner Registration

49th Annual Nixon Dinner, November 7th!

Presentation: Many Sleepless Nights: The Odyssey of Organ Transplantation

Speaker Lee Gutkind will give a moving account of the earliest patients, pioneers in organ transplantation, and evolving technology.

Time: Meet & Greet: 6:30 PM | Dinner: 7:00 PM

Location: Old San Francisco Steak House | 10223 Sahara Street


$55 per person

$35 for students: *Students are encouraged to apply for sponsorships to cover the cost of registration and membership.

*Student sponsorships are always welcome. If you would like to sponsor a student, please indicate on the registration form.

Register now online

Featured New Books/E-books for October 2019

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.

Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Resource Management.