A Celebration of Book Arts

A Celebration of Book Arts Opening. Photo by Jennifer Killion.

An opening reception for three book arts exhibitions was held on February 28.

 

Buzz Spector: Works On and Of Paper on view in the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of Olin Library, celebrates Sam Fox School Professor of Art Buzz Spector who creates pieces that explore and challenge the book as a form. The exhibit also features Spector’s photography, poetry, and collage work. The exhibit was curated by Professor Buzz Spector and University Libraries’ Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books and will be on view through June 2019.

Professor Buzz Spector at the opening of his exhibit, “Buzz Spector: Works On and Of Paper.” Photo by Jennifer Killion

 

Ken Botnick: Making Books by Hand, on view in the Newman Tower of Collections on Level 1 of Olin Library, features the work of Sam Fox School Professor of Art Ken Botnick. Botnick is also the director of the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book. Botnick’s collaborative work with Professor Mary Jo Bang is featured along with his book  Diderot Project, created in response to his work with the University Libraries’ copy of Denis Diderot’s Encyclopédie. The exhibit was curated by Professor Ken Botnick and University Libraries’ Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books will be on view through June 2019.

Professor Ken Botnick at the opening of his exhibit, “Ken Botnick: Making Books by Hand.” Photo by Jennifer Killion

Kranzberg Studio, Recollected: A Retrospective of the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book, is on view in the Ginkgo Room on Level 1 of Olin and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book. The exhibit was curated by Washington University Libraries’ 2018 Book Arts Fellows: Lara Head, Amanda Im, Yena Jeong, Jee Kim, and Madeleine Underwood in coordination with the University Libraries’ Curator of Rare Books, Cassie Brand, and will be on view through the end of April 2019. The Libraries’ Book Arts Fellows program was made possible by a generous grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The program provides a mentoring opportunity for book arts students at Washington University.

Kranzberg Studio, Recollected celebrates the history of the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book and the long relationship between the studio and Washington University Libraries. With a nationally-recognized collection of artists’ books, the libraries support the Studio and its students through classes, outreach events, and exhibits such as this. –Cassie Brand, University Libraries’ Curator of Rare Books

Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books and Books Arts Fellows at the Celebration of Book Arts Opening. Photo by Jennifer Killion.

 

See our previous blog post for more information about each exhibit. For more photos from the A Celebration of Book Arts opening see our Facebook page.

 

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Reference and Outreach Supervisor in Special Collections.