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Shouldice Library art gallery features professorial doodles

Posted: March 4th, 2013

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DUKE OF DOODLE – Lake Superior State University James W. T. Moody eyes a swath of his favorite doodles in the Kenneth Shouldice Library art gallery in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Moody, who has taught at LSSU since 1971, has accumulated binders full of doodles, which friends and colleagues affectionately call “Moodles.” More than 100 of them are on display in the gallery until March 15. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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By Deanna Riggs
LSSU PR Intern

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -– The art gallery in Lake Superior State University’s Kenneth Shouldice Library has seen a great variety of exhibits – student projects, Native American collections, paintings and photographs – but this month may be the first time it has presented a professor’s whimsical doodles.

Hundreds of students know LSSU Prof. James W.T. Moody for his entertaining lectures on humanities, history and geography, but now, thanks to this month’s display in the art gallery, they will find out more about the professor’s artistic talents. Moody, who has taught at LSSU since 1971, has accumulated binders full of doodles, which friends and colleagues affectionately call “Moodles.” More than 100 of Moody's favorites will be on show in the library art gallery through March 15.

The professor often makes monograms that contain spirals and volutes much like the scroll-like ornamental tops to columns in architecture that he discusses in class. When giving tests and exams, or maybe while he is sitting in restaurants, Moody doodles.

Moody started collecting his intricate designs back in 1963, about the time he was hired as chair of the history department at Greenville College in his native Illinois. Many of his drawings were done on placemats or scrap paper, but some were included as letterhead in notes he would send to friends and family.

It was Moody's friend David Warner Whiteman, whose mother was a former professor of Moody's, who coined the term "Moodles" for the professor's doodles.

"I usually don't know what it will look like until it is finished,” he said. “And I don’t know if it is art, but I would say it is creative.”

Doodle enthusiasts can stop by the library art gallery to see for themselves. The gallery is open during regular library hours, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday.



-LSSU-

CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Mary June, Shouldice Library, e-mail, 635-2862.


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