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John Holtz Memorial Lecture Series

John Holtz was an Associate Professor of Library Instructional Services at UIS from 1989 until his death in January 2004. His family established the John W. Holtz Memorial Fund to honor him.

2022 Holtz Lecture: Featuring Sculptor and Painter of Military Miniatures, Jim DeRogatis

You are invited to join the Friends of Brookens Library for the 2022 John Holtz Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 at 6:00 PM via Zoom.

Spend an evening with the author of Sheperd Paine: the Life and Work of a Master Modeler and Military Historian, and sculptor and painter of military miniatures, Jim DeRogatis. Jim will teach us more about the history and fine art of a hobby near to the heart of John Holtz, in whose memory we hold the Holtz Lecture.

Jim is also an Associate Professor of instruction with the Department of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, a journalist, musician, music critic, and longtime Chicago radio personality.

Sponsored by the John Holtz Memorial Lecture Fund.

Small Subjects Podcast


Small Subjects is a podcast devoted to discussing big topics in the worlds of scale modeling, diorama-building, and sculpting and painting miniature figures, as well as presenting interviews with some of the top artists in the field, including every era, and ranging from historical to fantasy subjects. Co-hosts Barry Biediger, who is based in Salt Lake City, and Jim DeRogatis, who lives in Chicago, are the editors of the Web site Both have decades of experience as modelers, though they maintain that they are always curious and always learning. They are dedicated members of the Military Miniature Society of Illinois, where they considered the great Sheperd Paine a friend and mentor. Barry is also a member of his local chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society, while DeRogatis has written, co-written, or edited ten books about popular music and two about miniatures and modeling (Sheperd Paine: The Life and Work of a Master Modeler and Military Historian and Shep Paine’s Armor Modelers Guide). You can contact the hosts at Thanks for listening!

Military Miniature Society of Illinois

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