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Airing Out Our Drawers: 50-ish Years of CalArts’ History and Creativity from the Library and Institute Archives: CalArts Publications

A library guide companion to the CalArts Library Exhibition from October 2022 – May 2023

Selected CalArts Publications

Includes books, periodicals, videos, and digital collections that relate to CalArts' history and community.

CalArts Publications

CalArts Digital Collections

CalArts Artists Books Collection includes handmade books, small independent press books, rare graphic novels and books designed by artists including CalArts students, alumni and faculty. The collection began in the mid-1960s and includes many books by conceptual, Fluxus and feminist artists. Books are listed in the library catalog and may be viewed upon request in the main Library.

above: Aerospace Folktales by Allan Sekula (School of Art Faculty)

CalArts Tiny Press Practices Collection contains books made by CalArts students who participated in Literary Citizenship: Tiny Press Practices, a course offered by Jen Hofer (former School of Critical Studies Faculty) from 2010-2016. Each participant created a text-based object using various techniques relating to bookmaking and gave one copy to the Library.

above: Fear and Fucking in Los Angeles by Uluwehi Kang (BFA 18), currently on display in the Main Library

CalArts MFA Graphic Design Books were created by School of Art Graphic Design students from 2001-2014 to represent a culmination of their M.F.A. work. The books are located in the CalArts Library Artists Books Collection room and may be requested to view.

above: Jumbo: The Valencia Compendium of Design Narratives by Darren Tuozzoli (MFA 04)

CalArts Periodicals

CalArts Groundbreaking

From the Archives: Groundbreaking from CalArts on Vimeo.

'The Great Ground Breaking' at California Institute of the Arts took place on May 3, 1969. The audio was taken from the ceremony as Thomas Lowe, then-president of Newhall Land & Farming Company addresses the gathered crowd. The audio track has been superimposed on construction footage. Soundtrack by CalArts grad Stephanie Cheng Smith (Music MFA 11).

CalArts Oral History Project

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Airing Out Our Drawers: 50-ish Years of CalArts' History and Creativity from the Library and Institute Archives exhibition and accompanying guides were compiled by the CalArts Library as a retrospective to highlight books, a/v materials, posters, and other materials in the various library collections. This is not a comprehensive representation of all materials or people affiliated with CalArts. If you would like to be included, or have any questions or suggestions about the exhibition, please contact us at