Annual Meetings

The Texas-Mexico Chapter meets twice a year, once in the spring at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference and once in the fall at our Chapter Meeting.

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2021 Fall Meeting – Denton, Texas
November 4th – 5th

View of Denton Texas from the University of North Texas Campus, Photo by Rebecca Barham.
View of Denton Texas from the University of North Texas Campus, Photo by Rebecca Barham.

Please join us for the ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter Fall Meeting in Denton, Texas on November 4th and 5th, 2021. Subscribe to the listserv to stay up to date!

This year’s meeting will be hybrid (due to Covid-19), with in-person tours and exhibitions of art and historical costume and fashion, and a virtual option for the research roundtable and the business meeting. The meeting will provide chapter members an opportunity to view the art and libraries of Denton as well as provide an open weekend to see art museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions in the neighboring cities of Dallas and Fort Worth on one’s own.

This year will be the sixth year our chapter has hosted the research roundtable. In addition to ten-minute lightning round presentations, we have added 3–5-minute poster presentations that utilize one slide. The research roundtable will take place in person in Denton and virtually over Zoom. The roundtable provides a great opportunity to learn about topics of interest to art libraries and to hear about projects and research taking place at our chapter member’s institutions.


Please register at Eventbrite.   Registration closes at midnight October 28th.

$20 for U.S. Residents.
$10 for Mexico Residents, Students and Retirees


Our chapter does not have an official hotel for the meeting. All November 5th day events take place on the University of North Texas campus and are in a short walking distance from each other.

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Wildwood Inn

Embassy Suites by Hilton, Denton Convention Center


Thursday, November 4th: (Optional)
6:00 – 8:00 pmHarvest House
Hours: 12 noon – 2 am. Address: 331 East Hickory Street.

Friday, November 5th:
(All events take place on the campus of the University of North Texas and are a short walking distance from each other. See “Parking on the UNT campus”.)

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Texas Fashion Collection presentation with Director Annette Becker.
Join the UNT Texas Fashion Collection for behind-the-scenes tour lead by TFC Director Annette Becker! Together we’ll view a pop-up display of garments by Texas fashion designers Todd Oldham and Lilli Wolff, engage in a hands-on session making archival-quality padded hangers, and enjoy coffee and conversation.
Address: Welch Street Complex 1, 405 South Welch Street, Suite 102.

11:00 am – 12:00 noon – Business Meeting
Willis Library, Second Floor, Room 250H or Zoom.
Address: 1506 West Highland Street. 

12:00 noon – 1:30 pmLunch at Avesta. Open 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.
In the University Union, 2nd floor.
Address: 1155 Union Circle.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Research Roundtable Presentations
Willis Library, Second Floor, Room 250H or Zoom.
Address: 1506 West Highland Street.

3:00 – 3:30pmUNT Libraries Special Collections Exhibition with Librarian Meagan May. This exhibition features rare and unique objects from Special Collections permanent collections including miniature and artists’ books.
Willis Library, Fourth Floor, Special Collections, Room 437
Address: 1506 West Highland Street.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pmMatthew Ritchie Exhibition with Gallery Director Dr. Stefanie Dlugosz-Acton. “Matthew Ritchie: Florilegium” is an installation inspired by Shadow Garden, his forthcoming Art in Public Places commission. The gallery is open to the public from 12-5 pm.
College of Visual Arts + Design Gallery in the Art Building, Ground level.
Address: 1201 West Mulberry Street.

Friday evening events/places that may be of interest to chapter members:

Murchison Performing Arts Center (on the UNT Campus)
Symphony, orchestral, jazz, and vocal performances from the UNT College of Music.
Address: 2100 North Interstate 35.

A Creative Art Studio
A co-op gallery of work by local artists. Friday, November 5th is open gallery night. Come and see/buy some local art and listen to music from a live jazz or other artsy band. Free event. Say “hello” to the owner Robin Huttash.
Hours: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Address: 227 West Oak Street.

Paschall Bar
A speakeasy cocktail lounge with great cocktails and an absinthe fountain. Enter through the door of Andy’s Bar and take the stairs up to Paschall’s. The space is enclosed with no outside seating.
Hours: 4:00 pm to 2:00 am. Address: 122 North Locust Street.

Saturday, November 6th

Denton Community Market
Denton’s Community Market provides local produce, artisanal foods, art, crafts, hand-made jewelry, pet products, plants, beauty items, candles, live bands, food trucks, etc. Free admission.
Hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 am on Saturdays.
Address: 317 West Mulberry Street (2 blocks from Denton’s downtown square)

Additional Denton Attractions:

Discover Denton Texas
Use this site to find events, and food and drink in Denton.

Greater Denton Arts Council/Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Various local art exhibitions.
Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm Thursdays.
Address: 400 East Hickory Street.

Texas Woman’s University Art Galleries
Various art exhibitions.
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

Fort Worth Attractions:

Fort Worth Art Museums and Galleries
Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Dallas Attractions:

Dallas Art Museums and Galleries
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Research Roundtable:

Lightning-Round presentations:

Book Bonanza in the Time of COVID
Jenny Stone, Librarian, Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library, Dallas Museum of Art

The Mayer Library acquired three transformative personal art libraries in 2019. 2020 didn’t turn out as planned. Through some reprioritization, adjusted expectations, and refined processing workflows, library staff were able to complete the initial processing for these collections in about a year. This presentation will highlight lessons learned through the processing of 10,000 books during a global pandemic.

Ima Hogg Before Bayou Bend: Exhibition Collaboration with the MFAH Archives
Helen Lueders, Librarian, Kitty King Powell Library, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

This presentation will cover the process of working with MFAH Archives using rarely, if ever, exhibited materials from the Ima Hogg archival collections in a display in the Powell Library. This collaboration with the archives led to interesting discoveries and has prompted plans for future work with the archives to identify and describe items in the collection.

Transforming Physical or Tactile Workshops, Assignments, and Research Sessions to an Online Format
Tara Spies Smith, Research, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Art & Design, Anthropology, Communication Studies, and Interior Design Librarian, Alkek Library, Texas State University

This presentation will highlight the challenges and benefits of adapting physical or tactile based Art and Design assignments and my workshops and research sessions to online only during the pandemic, including transforming a physical library scavenger hunt/quiz required for all students in Art Core Foundations classes into an online only format and hosting an online Zine Workshop with zine makers and archivists.

Poster Presentations:

Wrangling within the Artist Files
Kate Alleman, Associate Librarian, Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library, Dallas Museum of Art

The presentation will share the basics of the Mayer Library’s State of the Artist File and how this living document has helped inform project planning for this special collection within the larger scope of the Library’s activities.

Parking on the UNT Campus:

Chapter members can buy a $5 printable visitor parking day pass for the UNT Campus and park in one of the FS Lots (Faculty Staff) in blue on the parking map. Lots that are closest to the first event and the Willis Library are Highland Street Garage and FS Lot 36 (coordinates N & O and 6.5 on the map)

Covered parking is available for $2 an hour in the Highland Street Parking Garage. Pay with a credit card when you exit the garage. The maximum daily rate is $16.00.
Address: 620 Central Avenue.

Lost or have a question? Call Rebecca: 940-597-3037.