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Westward Bound Exhibit



For Immediate Release:                          Contact: Beverly Hennessey
         July 15, 1999                                        415.557.4282

                            WESTWARD BOUND:
             An Exhibition Celebrating Book Arts in the West

SAN FRANCISCO--Westward Bound, a juried exhibition of artists' books, fine
press editions, and design bindings, travels to San Francisco this August.
Developed by the University of Utah Marriott Library Book Arts Program, the
exhibition celebrates the remarkable growth of book arts in the Intermountain
West. It includes the work of thirty-one book artists--many from the Bay Area
--and presents a Polaroid of contemporary Western book art. Also included are
the books of eleven invited artists, all of whom have made significant contri-
butions to the university program's success.

The exhibit opens Saturday, August 21, and continues through Friday, October 1,
1999, in the Jewett Gallery, Lower Level, San Francisco Public Library, Civic
Center. Opening events include a catered reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in
the Latino-Hispanic Community Meeting Rooms, and a talk, "Did Someone Blow Up
the Bridge?", by guest lecturer Richard-Gabriel Rummonds in the Koret Audi-
torium. Mr. Rummonds is widely acclaimed as one of the preeminent handpress
printers of the twentieth century and is the author of _Printing on the Iron
Handpress_, which has been hailed as the definitive work on the subject. He
was proprietor of the Plain Wrapper Press in Verona, Italy, in the 1970s
before moving back to the U.S. in the '80s to establish the book arts program
at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where he also started Ex Ophidia,
another fine press venture, in nearby Cottondale. Although retired from print-
ing, he continues to lecture, write, and give workshops. He currently lives in
Seattle, Washington.

A full-color, 64-page catalogue for the exhibition may be purchased for $20
from the Marriott Library Book Arts Program, University of Utah, 295 So. 1500
East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0860 ($20 plus $3 shipping; checks should be
made payable to Marriott Library Book Arts Program; for more information,
please contact Madelyn Garrett at mgarrett@alex.lib.utah.edu). Catalogues will
also be available at the reception.

In conjunction with Westward Bound, an exhibit of books from the Allen Press
of Lewis and Dorothy Allen will be on display in the rare book room of the San
Francisco Public Library. The Allens operated their private fine press from
1940 to 1992, primarily in San Francisco, Kentfield, and Greenbrae. In 1981,
the Allens donated their 1846 Columbian handpress to the Marriott Library at
the University of Utah, followed, upon their retirement in 1993,  by their
Albion handpress and the remainder of their equipment, tools, and type, as
well as their considerable reference collection. These presses, equipment,
tools, and books now comprise the Marriott Library's Red Butte Press, a unique
resource for researchers and students of the book arts. The Allen Press books
on display are drawn from the San Francisco Public Library's own extensive
collection of fine and private press books representing the work of approxi-
mately 400 presses. This exhibit will run concurrently with Westward Bound,
August 21 through October 1, 1999, in the Book Arts and Special Collections
Center, Sixth Floor, Main Library, Civic Center.

These free events are sponsored by the Book Arts and Special Collections
Center of the San Francisco Public Library and the J. Willard Marriott Library
Book Arts Program of the University of Utah. For our hours or other informa-
tion, please call the Book Arts and Special Collections Center at 415.557.4560.

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