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[BKARTS] Buzz Spector to lecture at Wells College - November 5
The Wells College Book Arts Center is proud to announce that Buzz Spector
will present the 20th Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Book Arts
Lecture at Wells College.
Mr. Spector's presentation, entitled "The Book in/as Landscape," will focus
on a selection of his work as well as work in book form by a number of
artists who work with metaphors of the land or of place. The lecture will be
given at 7:30 pm on Friday, 5 November in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan
Hall on the Wells College campus. The event is free and open to the public.
A reception in Macmillan Hall will follow the lecture.
Buzz Spector is an artist and critical writer whose artwork has been shown
in such museums and galleries such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Mattress Factory,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work makes frequent use of the book, both as
subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public
history, individual memory, and perception. Spector has issued a number of
artists' books and editions since the mid-1970s, including, most recently,
Between the Sheets, a limited edition book, published by The Ink Shop/Olive
Branch Press of Ithaca, New York.
In 1978, Spector was a co-founder of 'WhiteWalls,' a magazine of writings by
artists, and served as the publication's editor until 1987. Since then he
has written extensively on topics in contemporary art and culture, and has
contributed reviews and essays to a number of publications, including
American Craft, Artforum, Art Issues, Dialogue, Exposure, New Art Examiner,
and Visions. He is the author of The Book Maker's Desire, a book of critical
essays on topics in contemporary art and artists' books (Umbrella Editions,
1995), and numerous exhibition catalogue essays, including Ann Hamilton: Sao
Paulo & Seattle (University of Washington Press, 1992), and Dieter Roth
(University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1999).
Spector earned his B.A. in Art from Southern Illinois University at
Carbondale in 1972, and his M.F.A. with the Committee on Art and Design at
the University of Chicago in 1978. In 1991 he was awarded a Louis Comfort
Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, and in 1982, 1985, and 1991 he received
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Awards. He is professor and chair
of the Department of Art at Cornell University.
Buzz Spector's lecture is part of the Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60
Memorial Book Arts Lecture Series, a biannual event at Wells College which
is made possible through the Heiland-Garretson Book Arts Lecture Fund,
established by Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 and sustained through the
generosity of her family.
Inspired by Victor Hammer, founder of the Wells College Press and an
internationally-renowned calligrapher, painter, printer and type designer,
the Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas
of book arts and technologies. Students in Wells book arts classes learn the
history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills in the
fabrication of books. They gain international perspective on book arts with
visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field
trips to the area's remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills
and binderies. Current classes teach design, typography, the evolution of
letterforms, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and the history of the book.
Though it embraces historical arts and technologies, the Center is not an
atavistic curiosity; it actively investigates and incorporates innovations
of our digital age. The Wells Book Arts Center supports the mission of the
College by revealing the essential role of the book in Western culture and
the liberal arts.
Wells College was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of the Wells
Fargo and American Express companies. Wells had a vision of creating an
institution to advance women through liberal arts education. Today, Wells
College continues this tradition by offering quality academic programs to
women from across the United States and several foreign countries. Wells
College is dedicated to preparing women for the challenges and opportunities
of the 21st century. The college is located in the beautiful village of
Aurora, on Cayuga Lake, between Ithaca and Auburn, New York.
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
Wells College is a four-year, private liberal arts college located in
Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. It was established in
1868 by Henry Wells, founder of Wells Fargo and the American Express
Company. Wells boasts small class sizes, an extensive experiential learning
program, a diverse off-campus study program, and cross-enrollment with both
Cornell University and Ithaca College. The academic program allows students
substantial freedom to create individually unique educational experiences.
In addition to becoming coeducational in Fall 2005, the college is
strengthening its off-campus study programs and introducing new initiatives
in its Book Arts Center.
Wells Book Arts Center Wells College 170 Main Street Aurora, NY 13026
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