Posts Tagged ‘madden library’

Mithila Paintings

Exhibition: March 8 through April 9, 2010
Reception: March 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Inside the Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony, 3rd floor in the Library is a beautiful collection of photographs about the artists of Mithila who live in northeastern India. 

Madden Library

For centuries the rural women in northern Bihar and the adjacent southern Nepal have decorated the walls and floors of their humble dwellings on the occasions of the birth of a child, Yagyopavitra (the thread ceremony to initiate spiritual learning), and marriages, among many other festivals.

joan sharma

 joan sharma    

joan sharma

About the artist: Joan Sharma received a Master’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a BFA degree from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. During her junior year at Temple University, Sharma studied In Rome, Italy. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and India. These experiences have contributed to her awareness and understanding of the interconnectedness of our global community. She teaches color theory, photography, and two-dimensional and three-dimensional design as an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at California State University, Fresno.
Sharma’s oil paintings reflect her passion for the subtleties of color and light. She recently installed fourteen 9’ x 3’ acrylic paintings on paper in the windows of the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Fresno as part of a CCAC public art project. The most recent body of photographs was taken during her Spring 2009 sabbatical trip to visit the artists of Mithila in the Madhubani region of Bihar State, India.


Orphan Bracelet Campaign

An African People’s History Month Event

  • Date: February 17th and 18th 2010
  • Location: Library – Studio 2,  room 2134

The documentary film “Angels in the Dust” was showed and discussion follows.  Bracelets was available (1 for $15 or 2 for $25)

Over 75% of the proceeds of the Orphan Bracelet Campaign go towards helping mother’s and children in South Africa whose lives have been severely impacted by HIV/AIDS.  And 25% will go to Haiti’s Earthquake Survivor.

The film was moving, touching and very informative.  We had 25 people showed up on the first day to watch the film and 18 on the 2nd day.

Update: The event raised over $1000.

Madden Library’s Multicultural Program

library3With the opening of Fresno State’s “new” Henry Madden Library comes the growth of its Multicultural Program. But why is this such an amazing fact?

Truth is, while the program’s name may be slightly vague, its mission is nothing less than phenomenal. In a time when “change” is the word on everybody’s minds, the program could not be more relevant. While it, of course, exists to promote the general aims of the library to which it is a part, it wants to take its responsibilities even further by committing itself to enhancing and supporting cultural diversity on and around its campus.

library1Part of the Instruction  & Outreach Services Department, the program aims to make multiculturalism relevant and an interesting part of every student and patron’s experience with the Henry Madden Library.