Share your experience with the GALC!
The Graphic Arts Loan Collection (GALC) at the Morrison Library was created in 1958 by Professor Herwin Schaefer, who believed the best way to foster an appreciation of art was for students to live with actual art. With that in mind, we would love to hear about your experience living with your GALC piece.
By Jonathan Anderson Curley
I love getting to hang out with prints from the GALC. This was my second year knowing about, and using the program. This year I had two prints by Japanese artists: a woodblock print of actors from the 1800’s and an abstract print from the 1970’s. I hung both in my bedroom at home. I like the experience of having artwork temporarily… I think I pay a little more attention to it, knowing we will soon part!
The two pieces I rented were beautiful, soothing, and they lit up the room where I hug them both.
Together with my housemate’s paintings, it was wonderful having three art pieces of some flowers and plants. They added color and richness to our otherwise blank white wall.
I loved the living with GALC program. I told both of my roommates about it, and we created a beautiful gallery wall in our tiny terrible apartment. My only complaint is that I didn’t know about it until senior year, and I wish I could have taken more advantage of it.
The vibrant tropical, very large Mark Daniels prints brought joy and beauty to our home. The beautifully framed prints were also a conversation piece as I enjoyed letting guests know that I borrowed it from my school library. We had a different one each academic year. One year we had a Lisa Horner vivid linocut of Muir Beach Overlook, a Bay Area nature treasure. I finally asked my husband to take a look at the collection and paired the Daniels print with an intriguing geometrical abstract.
Joy and beauty and all from the library! Can’t wait for Fall to pick out our art for the year. Thank you Morrison Library Graphic Arts Loan Collection!
Among my favorite aspects of living with the prints from the GALC was being able to
look up at them while reading or studying. They offered a continuous point
of reference for my thinking–that is, as an aesthetic pattern that helped
to center my thoughts. Having them over the course of a year also led me to
reflect on why I had chosen these particular prints at the beginning of the
year–it helped me to think about my own personal changes over the course of
two semesters–which in turn changed my perception of the art. All in all,
it was an incredible experience, and I’m very grateful for the GALC! I’ll
definitely be borrowing art again next year.
By Niklas Lollo
It’s great to have beautiful art on my walls throughout the year. Friends are always
impressed and surprised that the library loans it out for free each year!
By Fatima Sierre Alleyne
It was great to be able to acquire artwork to adorn my office to make it more inclusive and welcoming, particularly because my responsibilities involve the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion. I will definitely borrow from the collection again.
By Ryan Saraie
I love how easy it is to rent out paintings! Honestly an amazing, accessible opportunity, and I was able to add some nice art to my bedroom 🙂
I really enjoyed it, and I am so glad I came to the workshop at the beginning of the semester. I only checked out one piece, but I loved how it added something more to my space without reminding me of other things – it simply just *was*. I definitely plan to check out another piece next year… Thank you so much!