This past weekend the Society of Art Librarianship Students went to Louisville, Kentucky to visit the Margret Bridwell Art Library. The Margret Bridwell Art Library contains the University of Louisville’s research collection in art, design, and architecture.

We met with Sarah Carter, the Director of Bridwell Art Library and Janice Childers, the Art Database Editor at ProQuest, for a tour and a Q&A session. After our discussion, we had the pleasure of looking at some artist books and other special items that Sarah pulled for us.

Afterward, we went to Dish on Market for lunch and walked around Downtown Louisville. We also explored NuLu, which is best known for its art galleries, specialty stores, antique shops and a growing number of local, upscale restaurants. The term “NuLu” is a portmanteau meaning “New Louisville”. As home to the greenest commercial building in Kentucky, many historic restoration projects, as well as several restaurants offering organic and locally sourced ingredients, NuLu has emerged with a culture of sustainability.

One of my favorite parts about Louisville was the older architecture. We saw a very old firehouse which had been revamped, but it looked as though they kept the original facade. We also saw the Whiskey Row Buildings that had been in a fire earlier this year. So amazing how they are saving the facades! Cheer to the Engineers!

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At the end of the night, we ended up at a stellar restaurant called RYE. It was a great way to end the day!