Staff Reading List | Mingei International Museum
Stacks of books with ladder.
Image: Stacks of books with ladder.

On the Museum's Gallery Level is the Frances Hamilton White Art Library which features over 12,000 reference materials, 200 videos and many art journal subscriptions related to the Museum’s collection and philosophy. In this library, you can often find Mingei staff browsing the shelves looking for their next book to dive into. Needless to say, Mingei is a museum full of book lovers!

Check out some of the staff's favorite books (art-related and non-art-related) below.

Frances Hamilton White Art Reference Library

The Book List

Brands with Character by Basheer Graphic Books | Elizabeth Martinez, Graphic Designer

Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta | Cassie Harris, Visitor Experience Associate

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak | Andrea Rossainz, Visitor Experience Associate

Streetwise by Mary Ellen Mark | Steve Phallen, Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Museums as Agents of Change: A Guide to Becoming a Change Maker by Mike Murawski | Cristina Godinez, Corporate and Community Liaison

Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design by Paola Antonelli | Patricia Cué, Creative Director

The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder | Claire McKee, Membership and Events Manager

Objects U.S.A.: Works by Artist-Craftsmen in Ceramic, Enamel, Glass, Metal, Plastic, Mosaic, Wood, and Fiber by Lee Nordness | Ron Kerner, Photographer

Quilts: A Living Tradition by Robert Shaw | Casey Prado, Assistant Librarian

Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art by Claire Wellesley-Smith | Allison Manch, Membership Assistant

Wytches by Matt Hollingsworth, recommended by Margaret Mays, Financial Manager

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card | Chiho Saito, School and Tour Programs Specialist

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge | Heather Kerner, Development Manager

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | Claire McKee, Membership and Events Manager

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney | Wendy Gracia, Visitor Experience Associate

The Source by James Michener | Nicole Bagley, Assistant Registrar

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