Artists’ Book Cornucopia IX

Artists’ Book Cornucopia IX – International Juried Exhibition

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Art Students League of Denver

August 24 – September 28, 2018
Artist Reception: Friday, August 24 | 5:30 – 8pm with curator remarks at 7pm

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Josh Hockensmith 

Ninth in an annual series of international exhibitions of contemporary artists’ books, Artists’ Book Cornucopia IX is hosted by Art Students League of Denver. As in previous years, this year’s Cornucopia showcases a broad range of artists’ book works. From traditional, letterpress printed codex works to sculptural objects and one-of-a-kind editions, this exhibition is a cornucopia of engaging and intimate genres of artists’ book works, allowing the viewer a rare opportunity to examine the works up close as selected by juror Sha Towers, Art Liaison Librarian and Director of Liaison Services at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Sha’s statement is found at the end of this post.

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 Bonnie Stahlecker

Included are works by the following artists:

Adele Little Caemmerer Leavenworth, Washington
Ann Kresge – Salem, Oregon
Bonnie Stahlecker – Plainfield, Indiana
Carole P. Kunstadt – West Hurley, New York
Charlene Asato – ountain View, Hawaii
Dudley Zopp – Lincolnville, Maine
Elaine Langerman – Washington, DC
Islam Aly – Cedar Falls, Iowa
Jan Owen – Belfast, Maine
Jo Andersen – Tucson, Arizona
Josh Hockensmith – Pittsboro, North Carolina
Judith Gammons – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Karen Hanmer – Glenview, Illinois
Kazumi Seki – Chicago, Illinois
Lyall Harris – Charlottesville, Virginia
Myda Iamiceli – Carrollton, Georgia
Paola Hurtado – Oakland, California
R D Burton – Havre de Grace, Maryland
Rosemary Rae – El Cajon, California
Sandy Tilcock – Eugene, Oregon
Sun Young Kang East Amherst, New York
Suzanne Glémot Iowa City, Iowa
Thomas Parker Williams Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Velma Bolyard Canton, New York
Virginia Green Robinson, Texas


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Carole P. Kunstadt

Juror’s remarks:

It has been an honor to jury this international exhibition and I am grateful to Alicia Bailey of Abecedarian Artists’ Books for the opportunity. I’m delighted to share with you such a wide array of work by so many talented artists. While jurying this work was very rewarding, it was also challenging as Artists’ Book Cornucopia IX drew an impressive number of entries, far greater than the exhibition space could possibly contain. What you see in this very competitive show is only the top thirty percent of a very fine field of work.

As the founder and curator of the Baylor Book Arts Collection, I have spent the past decade building a collection of artists’ books that now numbers more than 1,100 works. Through this collection, I have introduced thousands of students and community members to the world of artists’ books. I often begin by asking them to consider “what makes a book a book?” and then as they engage with the artists’ books, to consider how these works challenge, expand, and enrich their understanding and their experience.

My work as curator mirrors my approach as juror for this show. I’ve carefully considered each work’s conception and rendering, it’s medium and message. My desire for this show, much like the collection I’ve built, is to reflect and celebrate the many domains that make up the landscape of artists’ books. Here you’ll find a wide range of work that reflects, as well as challenges, the notion of what a book is. The work of these artists represents a cornucopia of materials, structures, and techniques as well as artists’ books that are traditional, abstract, narrative, sculptural, textual, photographic, letterpress printed, primitive, polished, simple, and complex. I hope that you’ll discover work in this exhibition that will challenge, expand, and enrich your own experience.




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