Books Arts at the Collins Memorial Library
This exhibition at the Collins Memorial Library on the University of Puget Sound campus located in Tacoma, Washington marks the third annual membership show of the Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA). It features a wide variety of handmade books by thirty different artists from the Puget Sound area and beyond. The exhibit has grown in popularity over the last three years, and this year new members from Oregon, New Mexico and Indiana are featured. These talented artists interpret the book in exciting and original ways that push the boundaries of tradition. The exhibition opens Thursday, June 6 and runs through July 31, 2013. The opening reception will be on June 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. On the evening of June 20 there will be a conversation with several participating artists who will discuss the process and thought behind their works.
Book Arts is an innovative artistic movement that draws from a wide range of artistic media and combines them with new interpretations of the book form. Books serve as universal connection points that transmit stories across time. The artists merge new structures with historical forms of the book to create distinctive pieces of art. They use creative techniques from photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, hand lettering, and digital media. They also employ unusual and surprising materials: such as recycled objects, ephemera, fabric, wood, handmade papers, and papers embellished with paint, rust, dirt, stitching, and calligrapher elements. They merge new structures with historical forms of the book to create distinctive pieces of art. These one of a kind works of art not only convey narratives but also challenge the viewer to think differently about the book by providing a multi-sensory experience of those narratives.
Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of both amateurs and professionals from all quarters of the book arts field for the purpose of creating a spirit of community surround the books arts and those who love books. This new organization strives to increase educational opportunities for individuals as well as institutions and other organizations, fostering excellence through exhibitions, workshops, lectures and publications related to various aspects of book arts throughout the year. The group meets monthly for lectures and/or play days which are designed to be learning opportunities” for beginning and experienced book artists. There is time to discuss the lectures, work on a personal project, ask questions about formats, surface design, and the latest products as well as view samples of handmade and published books.
PSBA would like to thank all of the wonderful artists who chose to participate in this exhibition; as well as acknowledge Collins Memorial Library staff - especially Library Director Jane Carlin, graphic designer Jeanne Young, and Administrative Coordinator, Jamie Spaine - for their support and gracious hospitality at The University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library. PSBA would also like to extend appreciations to Rochelle Monner for her ongoing support and guidance, Ross Mulhausen for his talented photography skills, and Laura Russell for her guidance in creating the online call for entry and awards categories.
For more information on the organization consult: http://blogs.pugetsound.edu/pugetsoundbookartists/