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:


Fossils to Film: The Best of SMU’s Collections

Meadows Museum Exhibition, Fossils to Film: The Best of SMU’s Collections

March 14—June 20, 2021

Learn more about Fossils to Film: The Best of SMU’s Collections.


Bridwell Library’s Special Collections Featured

Hartmann Schedel (German, 1440–1514)

Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493

Woodcut and letterpress printing on paper

Bridwell Library Special Collections, The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Bible Collection, Prothro B-30.

Listen to R. Arvid Nelsen, Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts at Bridwell Library discuss this work (2:33 minutes).



LEARNING @ LUNCH | The Book as Art & Artifact at Bridwell Library Special Collections

April 27 2021 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm CDT

Free – $5

Learn about Tickets to R. Arvid Nelsen’s Learning @ Lunch talk, “The Book as Art & Artifact at Bridwell Library Special Collections.”



Bridwell’s Theological Writing Center (TWC)

Are you stuck writing a paper? Make an appointment with the Bridwell Theological Writing Center for assistance.

Bridwell’s Theological Writing Center (TWC) is free and open to all Perkins and GPRS students, via Zoom. We are here to offer support for students at any stage of their projects, and students who work with us are eligible for proofreading and editing services.

We can help you work out a thesis, create an outline, turn a first draft into a final draft, and answer questions about footnotes and bibliographies.

To find more information, make an appointment, or ask a question, go to the TWC website at:


Bridwell Library’s First Edible Book Festival

The International Edible Book Festival is an annual event that is usually held around the first of April. The event began in 2000 and is celebrated in several countries around the world. Typically, the edible books are photographed and then eaten.

Bridwell Library held its first Edible Book Festival on Monday, April 12, 2021. Library staff were invited to create edible versions of books and share photos of their work. The following creative and amusing entries were submitted this year.

Book of Genesis, “He created.”

Hebrew joke: the word for “(God) created” in Hebrew sounds a bit like “Brie cheese” in English.  Hence, the first word of the Bible is “(He) created” – or “Cheese” (my rendition). 

–Anthony Elia



‘Leaves’ of Grass 

A modified crepe layer cake with a fondant bookmark.

–Arvid Nelsen


“Murder on the Orient Express,” by Agatha Christie

Chocolate Chip Train Cake with a splattering of red sugar sprinkle blood…

–Jane Elder


Dead Sea Scrolls

The Book of Esther missing from the Dead Sea Scrolls has been found, and of course the scrolls are made of Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Rugelach!

–Michelle Ried

A Brief Introduction to Bridwell Library’s Newsletters

Bridwell Library regularly publishes two newsletters, The Bridwell Quarterly and The Bridwell Quill: A Note from the Director. The Bridwell Quarterly features important news and information about what is going on at Bridwell Library every quarter. The Bridwell Quill is a newsletter written in essay format by the Director of Bridwell Library, Anthony Elia.

All issues dating back to when the publications began in 2018 can be found at