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Exhibition: Book Arts: Student Work Inspired by Special Collections Material – A Second Look

Curated by Claudia Sbrissa and Blythe Roveland-Brenton

April 14, 2015 – May 1, 2015
St. Augustine Hall, Floors 3 & 4

book arts poster 2015Since 2005, Claudia Sbrissa, associate professor in the Department of Art & Design, and Blythe Roveland-Brenton, archivist and special collections librarian, have partnered in an undergraduate project for a Book Arts class. The project, entitled “A Special Collection,” utilizes the library’s Special Collections as a source of inspiration and information. The assignment requires the students to research and figuratively deconstruct a book of their choosing. The end result is the creation of a unique book inspired by the University’s Special Collections.

During library visits, students have the opportunity to view and learn about a wide range of books from Special Collections – from incunabula (books produced during the first fifty years of the invention of printing) to art exhibition catalogs, and from late 19th-century Japanese crepe-paper fairy tales to Barry Moser’s Pennyroyal Caxton Bible published at the end of the 20th century. The books feature novel cover material, multimedia inserts, and a variety of binding styles.

Initially exhibited in the fall of 2012, the present selection includes some new works. The items in this exhibition represent a small sample of the work created by students in the Book Arts class together with material drawn from Special Collections that inspired them.

Limited Editions

Limited EditionsSome of the more unusual items in the Limited Edition collection are art exhibit catalogues and folders containing original lithographs and etchings. The Colophon (1932-1938) and the New Colophon (1948-1950) are examples of limited editions periodicals.

Search the Limited Edition books in the library’s catalog.