RSVP: Reception Feb 2, 2022 at Bridwell Library

You are invited to attend a reception and special viewing of


with an introduction to the exhibition

by R. Arvid Nelsen at Bridwell Library

Wednesday February 2, 2022, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

If attending, RSVP by January 26, 2022.

Bridwell Library

Perkins School of Theology and SMU Libraries

Southern Methodist University

6005 Bishop Boulevard

The Bridwell Quarterly Fall 2021 & The Bridwell Quill Issues 39–40

Please enjoy “The Mystic & the Muse” issues 39–40 of Anthony Elia’s newsletter The Bridwell Quill along with issue 13 of Bridwell Library’s The Bridwell Quarterly (Fall 2021).


All issues of our publications can be viewed on our Bridwell Quarterly blog site.

If you have comments or questions, please feel free to contact us at  Happy reading!

Symbiosis of Script, Font, and Form: A Selection of Artists’ Books

Bridwell Library announces the opening of the first gallery exhibit in the library since 2019. Symbiosis of Script, Font, and Form: A Selection of Artists’ Books is a look at books from Bridwell Library Special Collections in which artists or circles of collaborators have integrated corporeal elements of the book form into the literature in sensitive and sometimes astounding ways.

The exhibit features 41 volumes illustrated by over thirty-five artists who have chosen well-known works to enhance or have created their own stories through text illustration. Artists include Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Sonia Delaunay, Sam Gilliam, Rufino Tamayo, Salvador Dalí, and Jasper Johns. The finished books offer words that can be spoken and heard, paper that can be weighed in the hand and felt on the fingertips, ink that is forever as rich on the page as it had been on the press, geometry that cuts through the book page by page, a flow of alphabetic characters familiar and then seen for the first time, all enmeshed, all bound in organic synthesis, together surpassing any individual contributions.

The exhibited selections are in no way comprehensive as an array of twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists’ books. No particular thread in the history of printing or Western book arts was tracked. No succession of artists was deliberately followed. Rather, each book was included for its own sake, on its own terms, in its appeal to human hands, minds, and spirits.


The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries

Bridwell Library, SMU Libraries, and Perkins School of Theology, SMU

On view through March 31, 2022

Hours and more information 


Bridwell Library Presents a Christmas Concert

Bridwell Library Presents a Christmas Concert

Art Greenhaw & The Light Crust Doughboys

December 16, 2021, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM at Perkins Chapel

Reception to follow at Bridwell Library

Free and open to all!



Bridwell Library Christmas Concert: Art Greenhaw and The Light Crust Doughboys

Dallas (SMU) — Bridwell Library of SMU Libraries and Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University announces a free Christmas Concert for all to attend. The Light Crust Doughboys will perform at Perkins Chapel on December 16, 2021. The concert will begin at 6:00 PM and will be followed by a reception at Bridwell Library. RSVP and indicate the number of people in your party.

The Light Crust Doughboys initially began by singing commercials for the Burrus Mill Flour Company in 1931 and later rose to fame as they introduced the genre of Texas Western Swing. The band began with Texas music legend Bob Wills and has changed leadership several times. Since 1983, the band has been led by Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Art Greenhaw. The Light Crust Doughboys celebrated ninety years of music this year, making it the longest running band in recorded history.

For more information, contact Bridwell Library’s Assistant to the Director, Michelle Ried, 214.768.3483 or For more information about Bridwell Library:, 214.768.1866.

Information about public parking at SMU (including maps of the SMU campus):

The Bridwell Quarterly & The Bridwell Quill, Summer 2021

Please enjoy Bridwell Library’s publications, The Bridwell Quarterly, Issue 12, Summer 2021 and The Bridwell Quill, August–October 2021


All issues of our publications can be viewed on our Bridwell Quarterly blog site.

If you have comments or questions, please feel free to contact us at  Happy reading!

The Bridwell Quarterly & The Bridwell Quill

Please enjoy “What is a Museum?” issues 32–35 of Anthony Elia’s newsletter The Bridwell Quill along with issue 11 of Bridwell Library’s The Bridwell Quarterly (Spring 2021), which is dedicated to the World Methodist Council, Museum, and Lake Junaluska Community.

All issues of our publications can be viewed on our Bridwell Quarterly blog site.

If you have comments or questions, please feel free to contact us at  Happy reading!

Call for Art – Dante inspired artworks


An opportunity to exhibit artwork inspired by Dante on the 700th anniversary of his death. You may use any of his works or a depiction of the poet himself for inspiration. We are accepting 2D and 3D works only. The 3D works must fit on a display pedestal 16×16”. 2D works must be no longer than 30” on any side due to space and display limitations.

Celebration of Dante, hosted by Anthony J. Elia, Director of Bridwell Library. The artwork will be on display in the Gill Room and Blue Room of Bridwell Library. The event is August 31-September 2, 2021. The reception for the artwork on display will be Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from 6-8pm.

Work Media: 2D or 3D of any media. 2D material must be no larger than 30” on the longest side. 3D material must fit on a 16×16” display pedestal.

Entry Requirements: Please email a statement about your interpretation, with contact information and a digital image of the artwork proposed for the exhibition, to Rebecca Howdeshell at The digital image should be no smaller than 1000 pixels on the longest side. Due to space constraints, we can accept only one entry for each artist. The due date to send your intent to provide artwork for the exhibition is Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by 5pm.

Timeline: The artwork will be installed on Monday, August 30, 2021 and will be on display in the library until Friday, September 10, 2021. Pickup of artwork will be scheduled for Friday, September 10, 2021. Bridwell Library is unable to store artwork beyond the pickup date.

Selection Process: We hope to display as many pieces as possible yet we do have space limitations. All entries will be evaluated on relevance to the theme and suitability to the limited display space. There is no entry fee.

Notification to artist: You will receive follow-up information no later than Monday, August 16, 2021. This will include drop-off and pick up dates and times.

Reception: Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from 6-8pm at Bridwell Library. Refreshments will be served.

 Publicity: We will publicize the event to the SMU community, as well as our mailing list. You may be contacted if we wish to feature your artwork in publicity material.

 Sales: Your artwork may be for sale, however the transaction must be between the patron and the artist.

 Insurance: Please note that while Bridwell Library will take all precautions to protect your artwork, we can accept no liability for damage or theft.

 Contact: Rebecca Howdeshell,, 214-768-1165

“Canvas, the Commons, and Course Design, Oh My.”

On April 21, Leslie Fuller worked with other SMU librarians Megan Heuer, Melissa Johnson, and Ramon Garcia to give a presentation at the Texas Distance Learning Association Conference entitled, “Canvas, the Commons, and Course Design, Oh My.”

The presentation was based upon the work of the Online Learning Team, which has created self-directed Canvas modules covering topics such as Writing with Sources for graduate and undergraduate students, various citation styles, Evaluating News Media, and Searching for Information Online, among others. Each module is published within Canvas Commons and available to any SMU faculty for importing into their existing courses. Modules can be tailored to specific courses, programs of study and are adaptable for undergraduate and graduate levels.

The team started working together last spring and gained momentum with the onset of the pandemic. We wanted to be able to support faculty as all courses and assignments moved online by providing instruction on basic research and information literacy skills. Faculty across campus have let us know how helpful they find them. They even bragged about them to the SACS accreditors last month.

Covid-19 also impacted our dynamic as a team – we had to figure out how a new team could work together efficiently. As a new staff member at SMU, I had never been in the same room as most of the others. It wasn’t a particularly smooth process, but after some trial and error we have become quite efficient at building new content through collaboration with other faculty and librarians (and proficient at Zoom, like everyone else). We have plans for more modules over the summer and plan to keep reviewing and updating the ones we have already published.

Bridwell Library Special Collections : Included in “Fossils to Film”

During the last 20 years, the Meadows Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, has marveled visitors with the works of revered old masters, modern art icons and intriguing new discoveries, beautifully balancing aesthetics and original scholarship. This anniversary will be marked with a commemorative exhibition: Building on the Boulevard: Celebrating 20 Years of the Meadows’s New Home.

Complementing the celebration of the Meadows twenty years on Bishop Boulevard is Fossils to Film: The Best of SMU’s Collections, which celebrates the museum’s unique association with the University. For the first time, the Meadows will host highlights from nine distinct campus collections at once, including the Underwood Law LibraryG. William Jones Film and Video CollectionBywaters Special CollectionsHamon Arts Library, the Shuler Museum of PaleontologyDeGolyer Library, the Department of AnthropologyBridwell Library and the noted University Art Collection. The exhibition is on view through June 20, 2021.

Bridwell Library Special Collections loaned manuscripts, printed books, and artifacts to the exhibition. The books and manuscripts will remain on extended exhibit through August 9, 2021.

View all of the items from Bridwell Library Special Collections included in Fossils to Film: