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110 Storrs Avenue, Middlebury, VT 05753

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Ornamental Rock, China, Anhui Province, Lingbi County, limestone with carved wood base, height: 44 inches. Purchase with funds provided by the Barbara P. and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art, 2004.023. Location: Davis Family Library, 2nd Floor, East reading room

Anonymous (Chinese, late 19th–early 20th century)

Ornamental Rock

China, Anhui Province, Lingbi County
Limestone with carved wood base, height: 44 inches

Purchase with funds provided by the Barbara P. and Robert P. ’64 Youngman Acquisition Fund for Asian Art, 2004.023

Location: Davis Family Library, 2nd Floor, East reading room

Appreciated for their contorted shapes and fissured surfaces, ornamental rocks have been collected in China since the Han dynasty (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.). Small rocks were displayed on scholars' desks, while the largest ones were incorporated into gardens. They thus played an ornamental role analogous to that of figural sculpture in the West.

The connoisseurship of rocks was intimately bound up with philosophical notions of transformation and concepts such as yin (negative) and yang (positive), and xu (emptiness) and shi (solidity). Rocks from Lingbi are prized not only for their fantastic forms, but also for the resonant sound they produce when tapped.

Chinese scholars rock

Contemporary Jewels: An Offering


Contemporary Tibetan Art Exhibit at the Davis Family Library

October 12, 2012 - January 11, 2013

The world has become a much smaller place in which fortunate artists are able to move more freely than ever before.

Contemporary Jewels: An Offering presents twelve works by five artists of Tibetan heritage:  Tenzin Norbu, Dorje Sherpa, Tsherin Sherpa, Tenzing Rigdol, and Palden Weinreb.  

Over the years the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson has hosted these artists, offering an unrestricted two-month residency.  At its heart, the VSC program offers a unique openness to create and engage in a cross-cultural exchange within a large international community of artists and writers.

Divergent in style and content, these five artists make use of traditional techniques in new, innovative ways to express their heritage and their experience of the collision between Tibetan Buddhist tradition and contemporary culture.  Tenzin Norbu and Dorje Sherpa continue to live in their Himalayan homelands; Tsherin Sherpa and Tenzing Rigdol emigrated from Kathmandu to the U.S. and Palden Weinreb, a native New Yorker, has a Tibetan mother and American father.  

This exhibition was organized to welcome His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and to celebrate Vermont's connection with Himalayan culture.

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Davis Family Library


The Middlebury Libraries acquire and provide access to information resources in a variety of formats to support the teaching and research needs of the College's students, faculty, and staff.

At a roomy 143,000 square feet—roughly 3 acres—the Davis Family Library on Storrs Avenue boasts 725 seats; wired and wireless networks; key service desks immediately accessible from a spacious, sunlit atrium; state-of-the-art classrooms; group study rooms; and offices for staff members supporting library and technology, as well as the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research and the Undergraduate Research Office.

Sensitivity to environmental concerns were paramount in the construction of the building.  The carrels, reading tables and chairs, bookcase end panels, and architectural trim all use certified lumber, much of it harvested from the College's Bread Loaf campus forest in nearby Ripton. Linoleum rather than plastic or vinyl is used for counter and carrel surfaces, and the carpet is made entirely of recycled fibers.

New England firms were contracted whenever possible, including Island Pond Woodworkers in Vermont's northeast kingdom for manufacture of the carrels and end panels, Windham (Maine) Woodworking for millwork, and Beeken-Parsons in Shelburne for reading tables and chairs.  Automatic lighting controls and an efficient heating and air conditioning system minimize energy use.

As with all major construction projects at Middlebury, special funding was applied to art work. Besides exhibiting art from the College Museum's permanent collections, outside the library The Garden of the Seasons by Michael Singer was commissioned; and hanging high above the atrium is Matt Mullican's mural L'Art d'Écrire.

When the Davis Family Library (then called the "Main Library") opened on June 28, 2004, it replaced the venerable Egbert Starr Library, which was constructed in 1900.  Soon afterward,  Starr Library was renovated to house the Donald Everett Axinn '51 Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Starr Library, which opened in 2008.