The Rochester Institute of Technology is breaking ground on a new facility to celebrate the late Joe Kubert and to serve as a home for comics. The Joe Kubert Library of Comics & Popular Art is intended to be a world-class library, maker space, and exhibition space, with a foundational collection of Kubert's art at its core.
"The Rochester Institute of Technology is establishing a world-class library, maker space, and museum devoted to comic books and popular arts. Building from a foundational collection of Joe Kubert’s studio materials, process artwork, original art, and published work, the Kubert Library will be a one-of-kind center for the study, appreciation, and production of comic books and related arts," reads RIT's statement. The Library will be a centerpiece for RIT’s Comics Studies Initiative, which includes an undergraduate comics studies curriculum, a summer arts institute for aspiring creative professionals, and rotating public exhibits, screenings, and symposia."
Spearheaded by RIT Associate Professor Daniel Worden, the Joe Kubert Library also plans to host artists-in-residence.
"RIT is basically archiving everything that was in Dad’s studio when he passed seven years ago," tweeted Adam Kubert. "The idea is to become a destination for artifacts from past and present storytellers/narrative artists in order to pass on skills and knowledge using a hands on educational approach."
RIT is currently accepting donated artwork, comics, and process materials for the library, as well as contributions for the facility's capital campaign. An endowment for the Joe Kubert Library has been set up by RIT, which you can contribute to here.