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[BKARTS] Winner of 2006 Florida Artists' Book Prize Announced

Broward County Libraries Division's  


Bienes Museum of the Modern Book

The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library
(Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)




the Florida Center for the Book


are please to announce that THOMAS BRIAN VIRGIN is the 2006 winner of
the tenth annual Florida Artists' Book Prize:


Virgin, Thomas Brian

Right there / [Thomas Brian Virgin]

[Miami, FL]: The artist, 2006.

1 bookwork (in cotton carrying bag; 7 chapters - each chapter contains:
1 print; 1 scan; 1 digital photo; 1 essay); 32 x 25 x 4 cm. (closed)


["This book is a tour through time and space, bouncing alternately
through the artist's head, Glen Arbor, and Glen Haven, Michigan, and the
early 1960's. Much of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has
remained unchanged in this span of time. Memories, however, may have
become better with age. The book's covers are basswood boards, which
were planed, sanded, and tied together with leather thongs. The cover
art is laser etched into the wood, front and back. The papers used are
Thai Unryu, Arches Hotpress Watercolor 140 and 300 lbs. The book was
created in Adobe CS2 and Adobe Pagemaker 7.0. The font used is
Americana. "Right There" has seven chapters, and when closed and
assembled creates a block approximately 10" wide x 12.5 " tall x 10"
deep. Each chapter contains content by the Artist. This book is an
edition of five. The photographs were taken during a residency at Glen
Arbor Art Association in Glen Arbor, Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes
National Lakeshore in 2004. The woodcut prints, toy images, and book
were produced during 2006. The essays are semi accurate accounts of the
artist's childhood." -  "Number 1 of an edition of four.

[signed and numbered in pencil], TBVirgin, 2006" - Colophon] 


The $2,000 prize will be presented to Mr. Virgin at the award ceremony
and temporary exhibition opening that will be held in the galleries of
the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book on March 15, 2007, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 


The judges for this year's competition were: Ruth & Marvin Sackner
(Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami, FL); Arthur Jaffe
(Mata and Arthur Jaffe Collection of Books as Aesthetic Objects (Florida
Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL); and Jean Trebbi (former Director,
Florida Center for the Book (Ft. Lauderdale, FL).


To view selected videos and each page of all of the artists' books
selected for the exhibition, please visit:
http://digilab.browardlibrary.org <http://digilab.browardlibrary.org/> 



James (Jim) A. Findlay

Bienes Museum of the Modern Book

The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library

Broward County Main Library

100 S. Andrews Ave.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301


954-357-8692 (office)

954-357-6762 (fax)

jfindlay@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jfindlay@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 



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