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[BKARTS] MCBA Biennial Coming Soon



Minnesota Center for Book Arts presents Book Art Biennial 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
At Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis

The strength of an artist's 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 and peer discussion sessions, Biennial
participants will explore the theme "Mature Content: the Artist's Book as
Advocate" with special emphasis on the efficacy of artists' books as agents
of social change and activism.

Books and art often make a difference, we think. But are they in fact
"agents of social change and advocacy"? Keynote speaker John Risseeuw will
examine why books and art with political and social themes are made, what
purposes they serve, and what lasting effects they have. From Holbein, Goya
and Picasso to Susan King, Eric Avery and Combat Paper, graphic mediums have
provided the means and opportunity to communicate with large numbers of
people. Using these examples and his own works like the Paper Landmine Print
Project, he will pose questions and challenges for those creating artist's
books.

For over four decades, artist and Arizona State University professor John
Risseeuw's work has touched on political and social themes including
corruption, equal rights, fascism, illegal wars and arms proliferation.
Through compelling content and unique creative approaches, Risseeuw offers a
distinctive perspective on the role of art as an agent of social change.

Book Art Biennial continues with two engaging panel discussions expanding
questions posed by the keynote address:

Artists have used structural enhancements, humor, surprise and shock in
addition to image and text to raise social awareness. What else comprises
the artists' tool kit when shaping a voice in service to a message? Explore
"Artists' Books as Agents of Social Change" with artist, gallery owner and
social advocate Susan Hensel; sculptural and altered book artist Jennifer
Hibbard; and printmaker and political artist Mike Elko. The panel will be
moderated by celebrated book artist, designer and educator Scott McCarney
(Rochester, NY).

What are the strengths and challenges of working with an interactive,
time-based, sequential artwork whose strengths lie in a one-to-one, intimate
connection with a viewer/reader? This question will be explored through the
lens of craft and ephemerality and the material aspects of books that
contribute to their effectiveness in "Book: The Object." Panelists include
Wellesley College Special Collections Librarian Ruth Rogers (Wellesley, MA);
Minneapolis College of Art and Design fine arts chair Karen Wirth; and
sculptor and University of Minnesota art professor Tom Rose. Moderating this
engaging topic will be the 2009 Minnesota Book Artist Award winner, artist
and educator Paulette Myers-Rich.

Participate in the day's events for only $20! For more information or to
register, visit the Book Art Biennial 2009 webpage at
<http://www.mnbookarts.org/events/bookartbiennial.html> or call 612 215
2520.


Then after the close of Book Art Biennial, we hope you will join us for the
unveiling of the inaugural MCBA Prize winner! The MCBA Prize is the first
honor in the United States to recognize book art from across the field and
around the world. This prize celebrates the diversity of book art and
encourages discussion rather than limiting recognition to one aspect of this
vital field. A jury of three distinguished leaders in the field of book arts
reviewed over 110 submissions from 10 nations around the world. The jury
narrowed the field to five finalists, which will be on display at MCBA
during Book Art Biennial:

"Panorama" by Julie Chen (Berkeley, California)
"Avalanche" by Clifton Meador (Chicago, Illinois)
"Requiem" by Jan Owen (Belfast, Maine)
"Bomb" by Simon Redington (London, United Kingdom)
"Durs Grunbein: 26*57.3'N, 142*16.8'E" by Veronika Schapers (Tokyo, Japan)


At the MCBA Prize Celebration, enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live jazz
while you mingle with artists and special guests in MCBA's gallery. Then
attend the evening's program and witness the presentation of the inaugural
MCBA Prize. Stay and celebrate with champagne and a dessert buffet following
the ceremony.

Tickets to attend the MCBA Prize celebration evening are $50 per person. A
$10 discount is available to Book Art Biennial attendees. View the works,
learn more and purchase tickets online at
<http://www.mnbookarts.org/events/mcbaprize.html> or by phone at 612 215
2520.

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As the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation,
Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary
art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking,
letterpress printing and bookbinding to non-traditional artmaking and
self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution
of book arts. To learn more, visit our website at www.mnbookarts.org.

                                    
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