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[BKARTS] Paulette Myers-Rich: 2009 Minnesota Book Artist Award Winner

The Minnesota Book Awards Announces 2009 Book Artist Award Winner
January 27, 2009, SAINT PAUL, MN ­ The Friends of the Saint Paul Public
Library is pleased to announce Paulette Myers-Rich as the winner of the 2009
Book Artist Award, an annual award of the Minnesota Book Awards.  This
award, co-sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), recognizes
a Minnesota book artist or book artist collaborative group for excellence
throughout a body of work, as well as significant contributions to
Minnesota's book arts community.

Myers-Rich works extensively with black and white photography, with artists'
books being her favored format as they allow the combination of image and
text in conventional and non-traditional book forms.  "Contemporary book
arts has given rise to a variety of structures that both embrace tradition
and break with it," says Myers-Rich, "offering myriad forms and interesting
challenges.  Yet, regardless of the approach to artists' books, for me, the
practice of craft is important.  The book must be a compelling and
satisfying object or environment that activates content, a work that
satisfies the hands, the eyes and the mind." Myers-Rich won a Minnesota Book
Award in 2000 for her fine press book "Broder," an award she shared with
poet Anna Reckin, and again in 2006 for "Ghost Poems for the Living."  She
is an active member of several arts organizations, teaches at MCBA and
several colleges and universities, and is a graduate program mentor at the
Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

An exhibit celebrating Myers-Rich's work runs February 5 through March 15,
2009 at the Open Book building's Cowles Literary Commons, 1011 Washington
Avenue South in Minneapolis.  A reception showcasing the exhibit takes place
Thursday, February 26 from 5:30 to 8:00pm at MCBA, with a brief program and
presentation at 7:00pm.  The reception is free and open to the public, and
features live music by Gary Schulte and Reynold Philipsek.  Exhibits of
Myers-Rich's work will also be featured at other venues throughout the state
this year, including Saint Paul's Central Library where her work will be
displayed March 23 through April.

Myers-Rich will receive special recognition and an award at the 21st annual
Minnesota Book Awards gala on April 25, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ­
Saint Paul Riverfront.  Awards will also be presented that evening to the
winners of the eight book categories (Children's Literature, General
Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel &
Short Story, Poetry, and Young People's Literature) and the winners of The
Readers' Choice Award, sponsored by the Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com,
and the Kay Sexton Award, recognizing an individual for significant
contributions to Minnesota's literary community.  Gala tickets go on sale
February 2, 2009.  

The Minnesota Book Awards is a statewide, year-round outreach program of The
Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library in partnership with the Office of
the Mayor of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Public Library.   Please visit
www.thefriends.org <http://www.thefriends.org/>  or call 651.366.6497 for
more information about the Minnesota Book Awards.  Visit www.mnbookarts.org
<http://www.mnbookarts.org/> or call 612.215.2520 for more information about
Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

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