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[BKARTS] <<CROSS-POSTED>> Wells Book Arts Center announces "Matter & Spirit" symposium & vendor fair 29 April ­ 2 May 2004, Wells College, Aurora, New York

In reference to the infamous Paige Compositor, Mark Twain once wrote:

"All good things arrive unto them that wait. . .
and don't die in the meantime."

The Wells Book Arts Center is proud to announce details regarding its
upcoming symposium 'Matter & Spirit: The Genesis & Evolution of the Book.'

'Matter & Spirit: The Genesis and Evolution of the Book' will focus on the
creative process in the book arts, especially in large projects and
collaborative efforts. It will investigate the motivation for and
germination of ideas that become?intentionally or otherwise?projects of
grand scale. It will explore the processes and challenges that go along with
collaboration and the aesthetic stamina required to see an idea through to
its embodiment.

'Matter & Spirit' will take place on 29 April ­ 2 May 2004 at the Wells
College Book Arts Center, in the village of Aurora, in the heart of New
York's famed Finger Lakes region. 'Matter & Spirit' will be the Center's
third national symposium, following two highly successful symposia, one on
Victor Hammer, in 1993, and one on fine bookbinding in 1995.

The symposium website was launched a few days ago. Registration forms and
information on our presenters, vendor fair, travel & lodging, Sunday morning
tour to the Bixler Press & Letterfoundry, and the complete program can all
be found at:


Click on the sidebar link reading 'Matter & Spirit Symposium.'

The symposium's program will include eight presentations, four
demonstrations, a panel discussion on entrepreneurship in the book arts, and
a reception for an accompanying exhibit. A vendor fair for book artists,
dealers, and suppliers will run concurrently to the symposium. Participants
will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the Press & Letterfoundry
of Michael & Winifred Bixler, one of the most important type casting shops
(and working museums) in the nation.

Our speakers include:

Donald Jackson, Scribe to the Crown Office of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
II, who will speak about the images, inspirations and processes involved in
the creation & collaboration of the monumental Saint John's Bible;

Heather McHugh, acclaimed poet & essayist, who will speak about the senses
of poetry; 

Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book & Special Collections Division at
the Library of Congress, who will speak about his experiences collecting
book arts in America;

Donald Glaister, book artist, who will speak about his most recent book,
'Brooklyn Bridge: A Love Song;'

Theo Rehak, of the Dale Guild Type Foundry, who will speak about his
reproduction of Gutenberg's type;

publisher Vincent FitzGerald & translator/bookbinder Zahra Partovi, who will
speak about the Vincent FitzGerald & Company production of Rumi's

Daniel Kelm, of the Wide Awake Garage & the Garage Annex School for Book
Arts, who will speak about the philosophy that inspires his work; and

Priscilla Juvelis, dealer of rare & fine books, who will give an account of
the current and past markets for selling rare & fine books, especially 20th
century book arts.

Our demonstrators include:

Suzanne Moore, Art Director of the Lettering Design Group at American
Greetings, who will present a workshop on contemporary illumination

Carol Blinn, of Warwick Press, who will present a workshop on a few her
favorite paper decorating techniques;

Lynn Amlie, Director of the University of Iowa Center for the Book Paper
Facility, who will present a workshop in four different styles of
traditional Asian papermaking: Chinese, Korean, Japanese and
Nepalese/Tibetan; and

Don Rash, edition binder, who will present a workshop on processes and
techniques he uses when binding editions.

Literary & artistic agent Jeffrey Dwyer will moderate the panel discussion
on entrepreneurship in the book arts, which is sponsored by the Ewing Marion
Kauffman Foundation. Panelists will include Donald Glaister, Don Rash, Mark
Dimunation, Priscilla Juvelis, and Marshall Weber, Head of Exhibitions &
Collection Development at the Booklyn Artists Alliance.
Closing Saturday afternoon's presentation, Ruth Rogers and Katherine
McCanless Ruffin of the Wellesley College Book Arts Program will give a
preview of the upcoming ABC: The Artists' Books Conference to be held at
Wellesley College on June 15-18, 2005.

For more information about this event, please contact the Wells Book Arts
Center by phone at 315-364-3420 or by email at bookartscenter@xxxxxxxxx, or
visit us on the world-wide web at http://www.wells.edu/bookarts



Terrence P. Chouinard

Wells Book Arts Center
Wells College
170 Main Street
Aurora, New York 13026


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