In 2008 Lupton Library and the Special Collections began building a Barry Moser Collection of books and artwork from one of this university’s more distinguished alumni. Mr. Moser is a internationally-recognized illustrator and has provided illustrations for several hundred books, including classics and children’s books. With help from Dr. Verbie Prevost, head of UTC’s English Department, the Special Collections now has over 150 books illustrated by Mr. Moser. Last fall, Mr. Moser donated a copy of his Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, which he designed and produced in the late 1990s. This large, beautifully illustrated work, in two volumes, was given to UTC in honor of former university art professor George Cress, who passed in early 2008.
The Special Collections will be displaying some of these books and artwork during the spring semester, in anticipation of a larger exhibit in the fall of 2009, and a possible appearance on campus by Mr. Moser. For more information on the collection visit: http://www.lib.utc.edu/Moser.html.