Exhibit on Display: “Illustrating Scranton: The Drawings of Don Murray”

murray blog banner-1Now through December 9th, the Library’s fifth floor Heritage Room will feature an exhibit on the work of local artist Don Murray. Comprised mainly of pen and ink drawings, the works on view depict the historic architecture and landmark sites of Scranton and the surrounding northeast Pennsylvania landscape. Marked by a sophisticated ability to render architectural detail, Murray’s works demonstrate his technical skill in pen and ink that he acquired through professional training as a draftsman while serving in the Armed Forces in the 1940s. Through the G.I. Bill, Murray was later able to enroll in the Murray School of Art in Scranton where he further refined his artistic ability. Murray’s faithful reproductions of Scranton’s landmarks are considered by many to contribute to the preservation of the city’s architectural heritage.

Don Murray, Municipal Building, pen and ink, 2006

Among the works on view is a pen and ink drawing of the Municipal Building, which has been the seat of municipal government in Scranton since the 1890s. Designed by local architect Edwin L. Walter in 1888, Scranton City Hall borrowed the Victorian Gothic style of the Lackawanna County Courthouse. In 1981, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Don Murray, Scranton Cultural Center, watercolor and graphite on paper, undated









Also on view is a watercolor painting of the neo-Gothic façade of the Scranton Cultural Center, formerly known as the Masonic Temple. Built in 1927, the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral was designed by architect Raymond Hood, whose best-known works include the Tribune Tower in Chicago and Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Don Murray, Electric City Building, pen and ink, 2009
Don Murray, Albright Memorial Library, pen and ink, 2009


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Page from an International Correspondence School textbook. Pneumatics analytic geometry. Scranton, Pa: International Textbooks Co., 1950. Print.


For 17 years, Murray served as chief illustrator at the International Correspondence Schools (ICS) in Scranton where he produced technical drawings for instructional texts on a variety of subjects, including mechanical drawing. While unattributed, the mechanical drawing shown here serves as an example of the type of drawing Murray prepared for ICS course books. Later in his professional career, Murray worked on specification drawings for product manuals in the drafting department at Ingersoll Rand.

The exhibit will be on display during normal library hours in the fifth floor Heritage Room through Friday, December 9, 2016. On Tuesday, October 25th at 6pm the Weinberg Memorial Library will host a reception and exhibit talk. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian, Michael Knies. michael.knies@scranton.edu, (570) 941-6341.







Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Library


In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors are female. As a result, many entries on notable women in history are absent from this repository of shared knowledge. In honor of Women’s History Month and the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Project, the Weinberg Memorial Library is hosting a Wikipedia workshop and edit-a-thon on Saturday, March 5th from 12PM-4PM. Please join us for a day of communal editing to create and improve Wikipedia articles on women! Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

PJ Tabit ’10, a member of the Board of Directors of the Wiki Education Foundation, will be stopping by the edit-a-thon to share some of the innovative uses of Wikipedia that are supported by the foundation.

This event is aimed at addressing Wikipedia’s gender gap and encouraging female editorship. New editors will learn how Wikipedia articles are created, shared and audited. The event will include Wikipedia training for new editors.  No previous experience or advanced technical skills required!  To RSVP, email archives@scranton.edu

If you have suggestions of local women absent from Wikipedia, please share your ideas! And, check out our meet-up page for more event details and updates: Wikipedia:Meetup/Scranton/ArtAndFeminism 2016/University of Scranton

Last year, over 1,500 participants at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, along with more than 75 node events around the world, created nearly 400 new pages and improved 500 articles on Wikipedia. To learn more about the outcomes of previous edit-a-thons, visit: Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminism/Outcomes


Freedom Quilt Stained Glass Art Exhibit and Lecture


Honoring and celebrating Black History Month, The University of Scranton, in collaboration with The Center for Anti-slavery Studies, is pleased to welcome the Glass Artisans Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen to the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room.  The Glass Artisans will share their creative process in designing an exhibit titled: The History of the Freedom Quilts and the Underground Railroad in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Students, faculty, staff, along with Scranton area residents, are invited to a lecture/reception/book-signing on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sherman and Cindy Wooden, founders of the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies will lead us with a lecture along with Dr. Pedro Anes of the Glass Artisans who will explain their creative process in designing the spectacular stained-glass “Freedom Quilt” Art Exhibit.

This project is supported by a Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture Grant, a program of the Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick O’Malley. The event is hosted by The Office of Equity and Diversity, Education for Justice, The Jesuit Center, Office of Community and Government Relations, Peace and Justice and the History Departments of The University of Scranton.

The exhibit is on display in the Library’s Heritage Room until Wednesday, February 25, and the evening lecture will be held in the Heritage Room on Tuesday, February 24 from 5:00 to 6:30pm.

For more information, contact the Office of Equity & Diversity, 570-941-6645

Opening Reception for the Environmental Art Show!

The Library will be hosting its annual Environmental Art Show in conjunction with the University’s celebration of Earth Week. The Exhibit has a grand opening and reception which will be held on Monday April 16 at 7pm to approximately 9pm.

All are welcome to attend.

Please come stop by to admire the Artwork, you will also have the opportunity to discuss the various pieces with the artists themselves. Refreshments and snacks will be served!

Recycled Craft Night

In celebration of Earth Week and in conjunction with the Environmental Art Show, the Library will be hosting a Recycled Craft Night on April 14th at 7PM in the Heritage Room.  Come join us as we learn how to make origami swans and jumping frogs out of unused book covers!  This event has been organized by the Weinberg Memorial Library Green Team.    All Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome to attend!

Calling All Artists

This year the library will be hosting its first ever Environmental Art Show. The purpose of the art show is to promote sustainability and to raise awareness about environmental issues. The Library Green Team is asking any interested students, staff, or faculty to submit their environmentally themed art.

All types of environmentally themed art are welcome, this includes photography, painting, sculpting, graphic design, altered images, fashion, film art, and any other areas of creativity. Submissions must be environmentally themed. Examples of environmentally themed art include nature scenes, animals, humanity’s effect on the environment, and creative messages about sustainable issues. Any questions about specific themes or ideas could be directed to george.aulisio@scranton.edu. There is no limit on submissions. However, not all submissions will necessarily be displayed.

Submissions are asked to be ready for display (within reason) This means, for example, that photographs and paintings are to be matted or framed, TVs and additional devices for film art will be provided by the library, any artist who has special display needs should contact George Aulisio. The Environmental Art Show will be held in the Heritage room of the library and will coincide with the University’s celebration of Earth week. All artwork will be returned by the end of the semester.

For any additional questions please contact george.aulisio@scranton.edu.