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"Abloom in the Desert" set to open at the Lloyd Library and Museum
It might be winter, but it’s never too early to start thinking of summer and sand. The Lloyd is just the place to do that this winter as we take you to the deserts of the east and the west.
View rare and unique volumes from the early 17th century to the present on cacti and succulents from the Lloyd’s vast botanical book collection. We'll explore the earliest accounts of cacti, a new-world plant, including early medicinal uses. Plus, a look at how the cactus got its name, decorative uses, and the wide variety of cacti out there. There’s even an indoor cactus garden to explore!
Then, we'll take you eastward as we explore the deserts of Saudi Arabia through the photographic eye of Joel Quimby, as he shares with us his visual documentation of time spent in the Middle East. It's the desert in a whole new light.
Two different deserts, two different worlds, one fascinating planet.
Above left, “Desert Walk” by Joel Quimby; at right, Cactus Stand in Jamaica, ca. 1895, by Curtis Gates Lloyd (modern colorization of historic b&w photo)
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Lloyd Library and Museum is preparing for a future mural on the building:
Help the Lloyd go from this
The Lloyd is raising funds for a future (2016) building mural in conjunction with ArtWorks. Described as one of the most nondescript and invisible buildings downtown, the Lloyd is working to increase its visibility, both through vibrant programming and through distinctive art. This painting of Curtis Gates Lloyd, the Lloyd brother who did so much to build this fine institution, has been depicted as part of nature, its caretaker and guardian, in this commissioned piece by Cincinnati-based artist, Mary Louise Holt.
Holt's painting was inspired by a visit to the Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area in Crittenden, Kentucky. She has re-imagined the historic property to what it might have looked like in Lloyd's own lifetime. And, like the Lloyd, the painting inspires viewers to reconnect with the great outdoors and be moved to preserve their own little corner of the world.
Here's your opportunity to put this unique institution on the map and help others know what you already know-the Lloyd is a Cincinnati Treasure not to be missed. (Donor benefits described below)
Fundraising Goal: $50,000.00 - 0.45% of goal met so far.
Help us make this happen!
Flora Level - $50.00-499.00 - Our sincere thanks for your help, a Lloyd Friends membership with invitations to exclusive Lloyd events AND your choice of a mug, bag, or notecards from our store
Fauna Level - $500.00-1,499.00 - All of the above PLUS a behind the scenes private tour of the Library
Fungi Level - $1,500.00-4,999.00 - All of the above PLUS an exclusive donors reception AND a signed, limited edition print (approx 12x18") of the original commissioned painting by Mary Louise Holt
Lloyd Level - $5,000.00 and above - All of the above, but with signed, special limited edition print (approx. 22x28) of the original painting by Mary Louise Holt, AND your name on donor's plaque for the mural.
The Lloyd Library is helping to promote the use of bicycles as transportation by providing SpiceRack - a place to park your bike. We have partnered with ArtWorks and the artistic duo of Brenda and David Tarbell - a stellar mother and son team, to produce the Art Rack.
The Lloyd is conveniently located near City Hall and at the end of the new bike lanes on Central Parkway, so this is the optimal place to park your bike for access to all of downtown!
What is the SpiceRack? It's a bike rack, first and foremost, designed to hold from 6-8 bicycles. Second, it's a look at the natural world through the eyes of an artist. You might buy jars of spices to cook with, but do you know what the spice plants look like? Some of them are even medicinal. So, here's a chance to be green and learn something about greens! Park your bike and drop in to see one of Cincinnati's hidden gems!
Right now, we've approved a design (model above right) and are raising funds to help make this happen. Brenda Tarbell has done the design based on research in the Lloyd's collections and particularly was taken with the shape and feel of the spice Mace (the webby covering of the nutmeg) from Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal (1739 - image section seen at left), and even a casual observer can see the connection between the mace/nutmeg form and Tarbell's final design.
Fundraising goal: $7,500.00. 0.06% of goal met so far. Help our percentage number grow!
(If 75 people each gave $100.00, we would reach our goal in no time!)
Clove Level: $5.00-99.00 - Our sincere thanks for your help and your choice of a mug, bag, or notecards from our store.
Saffron Level: $100.00-499.00 - The above, PLUS invites to exclusive Lloyd events and a one-year Friends' Membership
Pepper Level: $500-999.00 - Clove and Saffron benefits, PLUS a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lloyd
Fennel Level: $1,000.00-2,499.00 - Clove, Saffron, and Pepper benefits, PLUS one free registration to one of our great botany walks (date and place TBD)
Cinnamon-Level: $2,500.00 or more - All of the above, PLUS, Name on Bronze Plaque on the front of the building (917 Plum Street, Cincinnati, 45202)
You might have missed the release party, but you don't have to miss the cards! We have decks signed by Ken Henson, the art restorier and card back designer. Signed cards are available exclusively at the Lloyd.
Get yours now! Makes a great gift for the holidays! Only $40.00. Part of the proceeds goes to help support the mission of the Lloyd.
The Lloyd Library and Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Valerie Pence to its Board of Directors. Pence is the Director of Plant Research at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Pence conducts research in plant propagation and cryopreservation and supervises all the plant research conducted at CREW. Receiving her degrees from Mount Holyoke (B.S.) and Northwestern University (M.S. and Ph.D.), she completed post-doctoral work at Purdue University before joining the University of Cincinnati's Biological Sciences department. In 1986, Pence established the Plant Research Division and CREW. Since that time, she has received numerous awards for her work in plant conservation, as well as several grants that have helped fund her important work.
Pence was nominated by current Lloyd Board Member, Dr. Meg Riestenberg, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at the Mount St. Joseph University. In her nomination, Riestenberg commented on Pence's suitability for the Lloyd Board: "Dr. Pence is world-renowned for her research in plant preservation, and has received awards and grants from national and state conservation organizations." Upon election to the board, Pence said of her appointment: "I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Board and to learn more about the Lloyd Library and Museum, an institution that I've admired for many years." This promises to be a fruitful and productive board addition for the Lloyd.
Pence joins eight other board members, Heather E. Curless (owner of Greener Stock), Todd A. Felthaus (President of the Board and PNC Wealth Mgmt. Advisor), John S. Haller, Jr. (Prof. Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), Matthew Hoffman (Vice President of the Board and 5/3 Bank Senior Client Consultant), A. Douglas Kinghorn (The Ohio State University, Natural Products Chemistry), Donna McMillan (Proctor & Gamble, Human Safety Toxicologist), Nicholas P. Money (Miami University, Prof. of Botany and Western Program Director), and Meg Riestenberg (see above). The Board members of the Lloyd serve on various committees, helping select the Lloyd Fellowship recipients, overseeing annual budget decisions, and generally promoting this world-class scientific Library to the academic and public communities.
Following the completion of a successful first year of Fellowships, the Lloyd Library and Museum was pleased to offer a new round of Fellowships for the 2014/15 Academic Year. This endeavor serves to highlight Cincinnati as a destination for research, because this locally little-known library has patrons from around the world and holds materials that are not often available elsewhere, either in the United States or beyond, that are invaluable in reconstructing our American past, in inspiring new artistic works, and forwarding downtown Cincinnati’s mission to provide cultural enrichment for Cincinnatians and the world.
The Library received many qualified applications for the Curtis Gates Lloyd Fellowship on a variety of fascinating topics. From this pool of proposals, three were selected as being particularly worthy by submitting proposals that make excellent use of the Lloyd's varied collections both from academic and artistic aspects. Recipients are both locally and nationally based, working on a wide-range of projects:
Abby Artemisia, Botanist, University of Miami graduate (2013): Artemisia will be examining the Elizabeth Brockschlager archival collection, creating a database of plants listed by Brockschlager, a botanist and consultant for the creation of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County, Ohio, from her trips to Adams County. Artemisia will then visit Edge of Appalachia on several occasions and compare the ca 1970s lists with what is there now to assess environmental health and development of the area. A database of her work will be available through the Lloyd.
Allison Rae Smith, MFA Candidate, University of Cincinnati: Smith will be researching the depiction of historic "Wunderkammer,"or curiosity cabinets that individuals would use to display what were considered especially exotic objects and which were most popular in the 16th century in Europe. Using the Lloyd's vast historic scientific literature, Smith will then produce her own series of Wunderkammer, which will then be on display at the Lloyd as part of an art exhibition based on Smith's research.
Sasha M. White, Artist, Eugene Oregon: In 2008, White completed an internship at the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in Miegs County, Ohio, getting her first real introduction to Appalachian medicinal plants. At that time she also learned of an odd botanical relationship between Appalachian plants and similar plants in Eastern Asia. White will be studying these two separate, but related, ecosystems, and then create a handmade artists' book documenting, in an artistic way, that research, and exploring how these two disparate ecosystems are seemingly so related.
Fellows will be expected to deliver a brief lecture concerning their findings. Artists will also be expected to exhibit their artistic works resulting from this research. Dates and times will be announced at a later time.
For more complete bios and descriptions of proposed Fellowship projects, click here.
The application instructions for the Curtis Gates Lloyd Research Fellowship are now available. The Fellowship, which can last from 1 to 3 months, provides funds for researchers to conduct research at the Lloyd in any of its wide topic areas, including but not limited to: Medicinal Botany, Organic/Botanical Chemistry, Natural History, Early Travel and Exploration, Ethnobotany, History of Science/Medicine/Pharmacy, Visual Arts, and Cultural/Ethnic/Social History. The Fellowship stipend is for $2,500.00/month for the duration of the Fellowship. To read the list of full application requirements, download the announcement.
The Lloyd Library and Museum is pleased to announce the availability of a Learning and Service Scholarship. Graduate students in library science and graduate and senior level students in history are eligible. The award is $500 per term and requires 15 hours per month of service (for the duration of the term) during which time recipients will receive hands-on training and experience in areas of either library or archives practice and theory in a special library setting. To read more about this opportunity and how to apply, download this informational flyer.