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'Friends of the Library' Fall Lecture Highlights Exhibit

Monday, Sep. 23, 2013

'Cloud,' bronze sculpture by Ryoichi Suzuki

"Cloud," a work in bronze by USU assistant professor Ryoichi Suzuki, is included in “The Way of Sculpture.” The artist is the featured speaker for the Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library fall lecture Friday, Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m., Merrill-Cazier Library.

Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library, a support group for University Libraries at Utah State University, presents its fall lecture Friday, Sept. 27. The lecture is offered in conjunction with University Libraries’ current exhibit “The Way of Sculpture” and the speaker is Ryoichi Suzuki, an assistant professor at USU whose work is being shown in the exhibit alongside work by his mentor, the late Larry E. Elsner.

The lecture is presented in the form of a gallery talk and begins at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium area of Merrill-Cazier Library where the exhibit is on display. The lecture-gallery talk is free and open to everyone. A short reception is also planned.

The Way of Sculpture” is the opening show in University Libraries’ exhibition series and has been coordinated by Rose Milovich. The exhibition shows three-dimensional art forms created by Suzuki and Elsner, as well as examples from the Larry E. Elsner Sketchbook Collection that is held by USU Special Collections and Archives thanks to a donation by Elsner’s wife, Yoko.

During the talk, Suzuki will discuss some of his work in the exhibit, as well as examples of Elsner’s work, including several that he completed, at the request of Yoko Elsner, following the artist’s death. He will also acknowledge the importance of Elsner’s sketchbooks in courses he teaches today.

“Ryoichi brings his classes into Special Collections each semester to study from Larry’s sketchbooks,” Milovich said.

The Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library has teamed with University Libraries for the evening. The Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library is a community-based support group that promotes awareness of the library’s resources, facilities and personnel. Its mission is to enrich library resources and sponsor outreach activities throughout the year, including fall and spring lectures.

Those interested in supporting University Libraries at Utah State University by joining Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library, may contact Trina Shelton, (435) 797-2631, at the library. Members receive a card that allows circulation privileges for one year at Merrill-Cazier Library.

Related links:

Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library

USU’s University Libraries

Source: University Libraries

Contact: John Elsweiler, (435) 797-2636,

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