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[BKARTS] BOOK ART BIENNIAL 2009



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Minnesota Center for Book Arts Presents
 
BOOK ART BIENNIAL 2009
MATURE CONTENT - THE ARTIST¹S BOOK AS ADVOCATE
 
July 23-26, 2009 in Minneapolis, MN
 
The strength of an artist¹s book lies not only in the marriage of form and
craftsmanship, but also in well-developed content.  Through a combination of
presentations by leaders in the field, peer discussion sessions and hands-on
workshops, Book Art Biennial participants will explore the theme ³Mature
Content - the Artist¹s Book as Advocate,² placing special emphasis on the
efficacy of artists¹ books as agents of social change and activism.
 
KEYNOTE ADDRESSES BY JOHN RISSEEUW and PHILIP ZIMMERMANN
 
For over four decades, artist and Arizona State University professor John
Risseeuw¹s work has touched on political and social themes, including
political corruption, equal rights, fascism, illegal wars and arms
proliferation. In classics like ³Civil Defense² (1983) and ³High Tension²
(1993), artist and University of Arizona professor Philip Zimmermann has
explored issues relating to national security, environmental safety and
social anxiety. Through compelling content and unique creative approaches,
both offer distinctive perspectives on the role of art as an agent of social
change.
 
PANELISTS
 
Through a variety of panels and presentations, participants will explore
contemporary issues in the book arts. Panelists include artist and Oregon
College of Art and Craft professor Inge Bruggeman; artist and University of
Iowa Center for the Book professor Emily Martin; artist, designer and
educator Scott McCarney; Wellesley College Special Collections Librarian
Ruth Rogers; Minneapolis College of Art and Design Fine Arts Chair Karen
Wirth; and other leaders in the field.
 
HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS
 
Discover innovative practices and hone traditional skills by working with
master artists including Inge Bruggeman, Daniel Essig, Scott McCarney and
John Risseeuw.
 
THE MCBA PRIZE 
 
A centerpiece of the Book Art Biennial is the presentation of ³The MCBA
Prize². This new award is the first in the United States to recognize book
art from across the field and around the world. The MCBA Prize celebrates
the diversity of book art and encourages discussion rather than limiting
recognition to one aspect of this vital field. A distinguished panel of
jurors, themselves leaders in the field, will select five finalists, with
the announcement of the winning work at a gala event culminating Book Art
Biennial 2009. Further details, submission guidelines and entry forms for
The MCBA Prize will be available for download from the Minnesota Center for
Book Arts website www.mnbookarts.org beginning November 17, 2009.
 
REGISTRATION
 
Registration materials for Book Art Biennial 2009 will be available on the
Minnesota Center for Book Arts website www.mnbookarts.org beginning January
1, 2009. For questions regarding Book Art Biennial 2009 or The MCBA Prize,
contact MCBA Artistic Director Jeff Rathermel at jrathermel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx




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Jeff Rathermel
Artistic Director

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55415
 
612-215-2526

www.mnbookarts.org

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