2017 – Beyond Words: Artists’ Books

open book

Beckoning, Karen Hardy

Sometimes, artistic limitations can foster even greater creativity; when text is minimal or absent, book artists must decide how to tell stories using different tools:

• Images can be detailed or abstract
• Materials like paper can serve as content
• The structure of the book can influence how the reader interacts with it

accordion folded book

Racking Light, Anne Covell

By carefully considering each of these elements, book artists invite us to slow down and take a closer look. This exhibit give us the freedom to interpret each artists’ book based on our own experiences and backgrounds, rather than relying on words printed on a page.

Beyond Words: Artists’ Books will be in the main gallery from March 24 – May 21, 2017.

Featured Artists

Islam AlyAnne CovellMari Eckstein GowerKaren HardyLucy HoltsniderAndrew HuotRoberta LavadourAngela LorenzEmily MartinSharon McCartneyTekla McInerneyCynthia NawalinskiTeresa PankratzPamela PaulsrudTatiana Potts  | Lisa Beth Robinson | Dolph Smith | Beata Wehr

Related Programs

Curator’s Talk
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 7-8 p.m.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Art Librarian and Curator Brea Black discusses the Beyond Words artists’ books exhibit.

Monday, April 17, 2017 | 7-8:30 p.m.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Learn how to make a folded book using Tyvek. Registration required. Registration begins Wednesday, March 1.
Register here.

Abstract Landscape Books
Monday, May 15, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Marvin Auditorium 101C
Learn to paint abstract aerial landscapes and turn them into a finished book. Registration required. Registration begins Saturday, April 1.
Register here.


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