Today someone with art by a Santa Clara artist wanted to know more about this artist, so I urged them to contact the Heard Museum’s library. Wrong ! Don’t wait until a weekday to call the library. Instead here are immediate steps using a computer, tablet or phone to probe the internet:
- hover over “Library”, evoking pull down menu
- choose “Native American Artist Resource Collection Online Search“
- type in the search box the artist’s name, if tab “Artist Name Search” is highlighted
IF they have records for your artist, you will see all the variations of their name, their tribal affiliation, gender, life span, date of birth as well as dead date (if appropriate), their birthplace as well as all their known medias of expression. Last if the artist’s work is represented in the Heard Museum’s collection, that citation is shared.
Should you want to learn more about the artist, you will need to visit the library to examine articles, photographs, gallery and exhibition activities chronicled in the Artist’s Clipping Files.
*** Caution Museum library hours typically are skimpier than the museum’s hours of operation AND some of these museum libraries can require a reservation made in advance.
Most museum libraries maintain artist clipping files. Sometimes these files are limited to artists operating in the geographic domain where the museum is located. Other times they cover local artist as well as any and all artists from anywhere.
The National Portrait Gallery offers the public to the ability to review portraits by sitter or by artist online on their website.
Investigate other museum websites to learn what they make available online.
Corinne Cain of SavvyCollector.com