Meet Margit Wilson, Assistant Librarian at the Walker Art Center, and current Secretary/Treasurer of ARLIS/NA-TC
What drew you to art librarianship?
I came to art librarianship by way of the publishing industry, where I developed an infatuation with artists’ publications. While I pursued my master’s in library science, I kept following my growing interest in art publishing and art resources. I now work in a library devoted to contemporary art publications with a renowned collection of artists’ books. I have found a field where I am endlessly curious and constantly learning, and I could not be more pleased about it.
Why did you join the ARLIS/NA Twin Cities chapter and why should others join?
I joined the ARLIS/NA Twin Cities chapter as a student to connect with other professionals in the field and learn more about the many art libraries and special collections in the area. I have made meaningful connections through this very welcoming and supportive group of people. If you are looking to expand your network, if you enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, and if you are eager for in-person professional development opportunities, I encourage you to join.
What are you reading?
I am currently reading a book by Siri Hustvedt, The Sorrows of an American. That sounds like a pretty somber title, I know! But I wanted to tell you about it because I am constantly impressed with the artists in Hustvedt’s novels. She has an incredible ability to weave fictional works of art into the page in a very tangible and dynamic way. Read her new novel, The Blazing World, and you will see what I mean.