Peter P Blank

Senior Librarian, Art & Architecture Library

(650) 725-1038, (650) 561-2392

As Senior Librarian in the Bowes Art & Architecture Library, I share instructional, reference, and collection development responsibilities with my colleagues here in the Art & Architecture Library. The history of photography and 20th century American art are two areas I am especially interested in. One of the great pleasures I have in serving as Senior Librarian is the opportunity to build upon the tremedous strengths of our Art Locked Stacks collection, which includes a formidable array of antiquarian works, illuminated manuscript and Chinese scroll facsimiles, contemporary art ephemera, publications, and multiples, as well as a fine collection of photobooks and photographic materials. And many other fascinating materials. Our exhibitions and notable acquisitions pages will give you an idea of our collection strengths.

Course number Term Guide Instructor
ARTHIST 1B Fall 2016 Introduction to the Visual Arts: Renaissance to the Present Nemerov, A.
SLE Winter 2018 SLE: Renaissance and Baroque Paintings Watkins, G.
PWR 1SC Winter 2018 Banksy, B-girls, and the Rhetoric of Public Space Art Schwartz, S.
PWR 1MS Spring 2017 Seeing Nature: The Power of Environmental Visual Rhetoric Stroud, M.
PWR 2ZS Spring 2014 Designing Memorials: Building Rhetoric into Commemoration Sifuentes, Z.
FILMSTUD 4 Winter 2014 Introduction to Film Studies Levi, P.
CHEMENG 80Q Spring 2017 CHEMENG 80Q: Art, Chemistry, and Madness: The Science of Art Materials Frank, C. & Loesch-Frank, S.
ARTHIST 1A Winter 2017 Introduction to the Visual Arts: Prehistoric to Medieval Pentcheva, B.
PWR 1GMC Spring 2017 Dancing about Architecture: Or Finding Words for the Wordless Moyer, Gabrielle
ARTHIST 600 Autumn Art history bibliography and library methods. D. Vanessa Kam


  • ABD. Art History. University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • MA. Hunter College, City University of New York. Art History. 1990. Thesis: "The Murmuring Vessel: Clarence John Laughlin, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Henry Holmes Smith, Frederick Sommer: The Continuing Trend of Subjectivism in American Photography.” 1993.
  • MLS. Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Library and Information Science. Specialized in art librarianship. 1989.
  • BA. Indiana University, Bloomington. Fine Arts Studio (photography and sculpture). 1987.

Professional activities 

Member, Art Libraries Society of North America (1987 - present).

Attended California Rare Book School, UCLA, 2012. "History, Identification, and Preservation of Photographic Materials."