Archive | 2018 Exhibitions

Word | Image | Object 2018

Word | Image | Object

Fat days

A curated exhibition on view September 1-29 at Tallyn’s Reach Library in Aurora, Colorado.

Twenty-two works created by some favorite contemporary artists working in the book form.

View online catalog here.

According to family lore, I fell in love with books as objects long before I mastered the memorization and subsequent actual reading of the Dr. Seuss books most frequently read aloud to me – Hop on Pop and The Cat in the Hat.

The object of my first book romance was a cloth book with pages – Kay Clark’s All By Herself. That book, with pages of shoelaces to be tied and untied, buttons to be buttoned and then unbuttoned,  then buttoned up again, embodied much that continues to delight in the world of artists’ books. Words and images and interactivity.

These days I have the honor and good fortune to work with artists making a variety of cloth books, such as Candace Hicks, whose embroidered book covers resemble those of another mid-twentieth century book icon – composition books.

C Hicks Volumexxxv1

And Beata Wehr, whose cloth books incorporate objects she finds during her multi-continent travels, the stitches she uses to attach creating patterns that appear once a page has been turned.

Beata Wehr More stories on time 2

Representing contemporary cloth books in Word | Image | Object is Behind & In Front, a letterpress printed book by Penelope Anstruther.

P Anstruther Behind 4

My childhood didn’t include a household television; instead we listened, as a family to full length readings on LP of classics such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Those stories were hard to enjoy in a room with restless siblings who pinched and prodded rather than, or perhaps in addition to, listening. I much preferred the Little Golden Book Read Along audio books and tapes that I could enjoy on my own. The act of listening to a previously print publication is explored in Macy Chadwick’s Observations on Listening.


Cassette tapes, along with other disappearing artifacts of the twentieth century such as spiral bound appointment books, still live as materials and substrates used by contemporary book workers such as Jim Johnson’s Appointments 1998

J johnson Appointments3

and Josh Hockensmith’s Heart Sutra ReMix


The exhibit also includes pop-up books (Carol Barton, Shawn Sheehy), richly colorful works (Sarah Nicholls, Barry McCallion, Ellen Knudson), books with texts beyond the expected  (Denise Bookwalter, Laura Wait, Autumn Thomas, Islam Aly), books holding mysterious or magical objects (Dolph Smith, Mary V. Marsh/Tony Bellavar, Rebecca Chamlee, Rhiannon Alpers) and books that focus on telling a story (Lisa Rappaport, Sue Carrie Drummond).

Included in the exhibit are works by

Alicia Bailey – Aurora, Colorado; Autumn Thomas – Aurora, Colorado; Barry McCallion  – East Hampton, New York; Carol Barton – Glen Echo, Maryland; Denise Bookwalter  – Tallahassee, Florida; Dolph Smith – Ripley, Tennessee; Ellen Knudson – Gainesville, Florida; Islam Aly – Cedar Falls, Iowa; Jim Johnson – Denver, Colorado; Josh Hockensmith  – Pittsboro, North Carolina; Laura Wait  – Santa Fe, New Mexico; Lisa Rappaport – Richmond, California; Mary Marsh/Tony Bellavar – Oakland, California; Macy Chadwick – Petaluma, California; Penelope Anstruther – Oakland, California; Rebecca Chamlee – Simi Vallery, California; Rhiannon Alpers – SanFrancisco,California; Sarah Nicholls – Brooklyn, New York; Shawn Sheehy – Chicago, Illinois; Sue Carrie Drummond  – Jackson, Mississippi


Artists’ Book Cornucopia IX

Artists’ Book Cornucopia IX – International Juried Exhibition

online catalog here
Art Students League of Denver

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

J Hockensmith After 3 1

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.

B Stahlecker Allowing 1 1

 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


C Kunstadt PRESSING ON 15b 1

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.