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[BKARTS] 2007 USM Book Arts Institute



2007 USM Book Arts Institute

 July 27-August 3 at USM Stone House in Freeport followed by USM Book Arts Institute student exhibition on the 6th floor of the Glickman Library from September 4th - October 13th (tentative dates)

 This program is open to students at any level. Enrollment will be 30-34 students. There will be 2 work study positions for full time USM art students.

 Estimated tuition is about $875, this includes 3 credits, lunch and some dinners, and most materials for the workshops. Housing and transportation is not provided.  Contact Summer Session to register. 207-780-5617


 The Institute:
 A 3 credit Art course composed of 9 workshops (7 full day workshops and 2 half day workshops).  Each student will participate in every workshop.

 * Papermaking with Bernie Vinzani
 * Archival Concerns in Bookbinding with Anastasia Weigle
 * Japanese Binding and Box making with David Wolfe
 * Nontoxic Gelatin Plate Prints with Susan Webster
 * Altered Books with Sherrill Hunnibell
 * In Search of Content with Nancy Leavitt
 * Poetry Writing with Betsy Sholl
 * How to photograph your work using film and digital cameras with Luc Demers
 * (2 others yet to be confirmed, one will be about design and the other will be focused on text and the book)

Faculty Director: Rebecca Goodale is in charge of designing the curriculum, inviting the faculty and mounting the exhibition.

 These faculty members all have a relationship with a College,
University, or Art School.  They are all Maine residents. Each member has a regional and in some cases national and/or global reputation in Book Arts or Book Arts related fields. They will all be good, strong voices for the promotion and success of this first year's Institute. The selection of these artists is based on a desire to have a broad range of topics and techniques which would complement each other throughout the 8 day program.

 The workshops will meet from 9 - 5 daily with a one hour lunch break. There will be 4 evening programs during which time the workshop leaders will present their work to the student body.

 Each workshop leader will teach the same all-day workshop twice, each time to half the student body.  Two workshops will happen concurrently.
 They will meet like this:  Group A with Instructor A and Group B with Instructor B on one day and then the next day Instructor A will have group B and Instructor B will have group A.


 The Exhibit

 Each student will be expected to complete an artist's book for exhibition. These 30 books will be on display in the cases in the Special Collections exhibition area on the 6th floor of the Glickman Library, USM, Portland Campus.

 The exhibition opening will begin with a panel discussion.  The three panelists are all curators of Maine Book Arts Collections.  Panelists will be Cally Gurley, Curator from the Maine Women Writers Collection at University of New England; Richard Lindemann, Curator, Bowdoin Library; Susan Danly, Curator of the Barbara Cash Book Arts Collection from
Maine, Portland Museum of Art.

 Goals

 The goal of this program is to bring well known Book Artists together with a student body interested in exploring the complex and engaging nature of the Artist's Book as a form of expression.

A student participating in this program will experience a rich variety of approaches to the world of Artist's Books. They will come away from this USM Book Arts Institute with a connection to a network of artists and curators from throughout the state.

The long term goals for the Institute will be to create a yearly summer program followed by a fall exhibit. There is an interest in eventually increasing the enrollment from 30 to  45 (3 workshops daily) and eventually to 60 (4 workshops daily).

  The course evaluations will help the USM Book Arts Institute shape its future in response to the students' and workshop leaders' suggestions and constructive criticism.

Contact Summer Session to register. 207-780-5617

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