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[BKARTS] News Release: Nexus Press Continues!



Greetings to all (and please forgive any duplicate postings).  

I am pleased to pass along the following news release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           	
For More Information Contact
FRIENDS OF NEXUS PRESS	
PH: 404-688-1970 ext. 220
Email: nexusbooks@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

NEXUS PRESS RESUMES BOOK SALES OPERATIONS  
UNDER THE DIRECTION OF FRIENDS OF NEXUS PRESS


ATLANTA (October 6, 2003) -- The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (The Contemporary) is pleased to announce that Nexus Press, its experimental offset artist book press, has resumed book sales operations under the direction of a volunteer group, Friends of Nexus Press (FONP).  At a June 24 board of directors meeting, board members voted to give FONP six months to begin implementing plans to make the Press economically viable.  These plans include implementing a new business model, launching a new website designed to encourage sales, developing an aggressive marketing program and assuming book order fulfillment operations.   A new financial structure developed with The Contemporary enables the Press to accept donations on its own behalf.  

Since February, the FONP has held or sponsored a number of events.  In June 2003, FONP, with the support of the Atlanta College of Art Library and Gainesville College, held a successful workshop on artists' books and book making, and other workshops are currently being planned.  The same month, FONP also co-sponsored the launch of Ruth Laxson's latest book, A Hundred Years of: Lex Flex, with the Marcia Wood Gallery.  Plans for resumption of the well-known Nexus Press residency programs and artist-initiated projects are in process, with the goal of resuming these programs later in 2004.  

In addition, FONP, working with the development staff at the Contemporary, will be seeking focused grant funding to support a new business model, permanent staffing and collaborative links with other institutions in the months ahead

FONP is comprised of former directors of the press, collectors, artists and other interested parties.  

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As a member of Friends of Nexus Press, I am delighted that the Press is continuing and will keep the list informed about future plans for the Press.

Moira Steven
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Moira Steven, Head Librarian
Atlanta College of Art Library
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA  30309
Phone: 404-733-5021/Fax: 404-733-5312
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