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[BKARTS] [Exhibition Announcement] The Art of the Book, The Book as Art, Syracuse University Library

"The Art of the Book, The Book as Art"

"The Art of the Book, the Book as Art " features book works created by students of Printmaking 552 in the School of Art and Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University Library. 
The exhibit is on display in the 6th floor hall case at Syracuse University Library between Hillyer and Spector rooms, and available online at <http://library.syr.edu/digital/exhibits/a/ArtOfTheBook/>.
The class, taught by Peter D. Verheyen of Syracuse University Library's Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), aims to give students an overview of some of the structures used in the book arts, and to stimulate exploration of these forms. As part of that exploration, the students visited the SU Library, where art librarian Ann Skiold gave them an overview of book arts resources within the circulating collections, and Peter Verheyen, preservation and digital access librarian showed them examples of structures from SCRC's collections. The students learned in class about many of these structures, including the "Japanese" stab-sewn binding, the accordion/concertina binding, the flagbook, and various kinds of sewn books. They also saw a presentation on the physical properties of materials and a demonstration of working with some of these by conservation librarian David Stokoe. Weekly homework assignments were designed to give students more experience with the structures learned in class that week.
The works shown in this exhibit are the result of the second assignment in which students were asked to create a unique work based in some way on a work from the SCRC's collections. These works are shown alongside the students' work. The connection between the students' work and the work from SCRC's collections could be structural, aesthetic, or a combination of the two. 

This exhibition project also served as an introduction to the processes involved in entering exhibitions. Students were asked to describe their work and provide a brief biographical sketch and artist's statement*the latter not necessarily easy for students at the beginning of their artistic careers. This process prepared the students to take on the role of jurors for this summer's "Central New York Book Arts'" exhibition, which they will jury as part of the class under the instructor's supervision. By serving as jurors they will have the opportunity to apply their experiences from the class, and to critically assess current works by practicing book artists. "Central New York Book Arts " will open in this space later in May, as well as being available online. This the will be second regional exhibition of book works, the first having been on display at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY in the fall of 2001. That exhibit is available online at <http://web.syr.edu/~pdverhey/cnybookarts/>.
Peter D. Verheyen
Preservation & Digital Access Librarian
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244

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