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[BKARTS] Book X Change Exibit: Press Release for Tuscaloosa, AL

University of Alabama Program in the Book Arts

Contact: Friedrich Kerksieck                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cell Phone: 205/239-1006
Email: smallfirespress@xxxxxxxxx

Opening Friday, September 28, 5-8 p.m.

 [Tuscaloosa, AL, September 20, 2007] ? The Master of Fine Arts Program in the Book Arts at UA?s School of Library and Information Studies is hosting its first-ever exchange show with another book arts graduate program. The show, which will open Friday, September 28 in the gallery on the fifth floor of Gorgas Library, features work by students in the book arts graduate program of Columbia College Chicago. The exhibit opening, from 5-8 p.m. on September 28 will feature hand-printing demos, a live webcast of deep-fried books at Columbia College, and light refreshments.  

While work from Columbia College Chicago?s students is displayed in Gorgas Library, work by Alabama?s Book Arts graduate students will be shown at Columbia College?s gallery in Chicago, IL. The two shows will run concurrently until October 28.

The Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts Program began in 1985, and emphasizes the art and craft of making books by hand. The program leading to the M.F.A. in the Book Arts degree is a 60-credit hour course of study comprising four basic areas: printing/publishing, bookbinding, papermaking, and the history of the book. The program develops book artists who have well-honed technical knowledge of the various facets of contemporary bookmaking, and who have an understanding of the historical evolution of the book including its materiality and the role of the book in society. The University of Alabama?s program in Book Arts is internationally known and attracts students from all over the world.


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