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Book Arts 2010 Calendar

January 12–April 27, Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00–6:30

Class: Artists' Books

Instructors: Chris McAfee and Marnie Powers-Torrey, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 4090(non-major) Art 4390 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Artists' books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists' books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. As a final project to be exhibited in a class show, each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artists' books.

Just as artists' books often involve collaboration, this class is team taught by Chris McAfee and Marnie Powers-Torrey. Chris, who also teaches the Book Arts Program's bookbinding courses, received a BFA in printmaking from Brigham Young University and an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives. Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Head of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

January 29–February 26

Exhibition: Dramatis Personae

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

This exhibition highlights the intersection of theater, dance, music, and print culture from the mid-sixteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. Early print culture dramatically changed the performance arts. It introduced a way of disseminating theater, music, and the dance to a broader audience than could be present to witness the performance, and offered the possibility of preserving the traces of sound and movement for posterity. From a copy of the first edition (1649) of a play by Claude Boyer to the first edition (1739) of Jean Philippe Rameau's ballet, Les Fêtes d'Hébé, and an 1832 edition of Blaze-Castil's treatise on dance, these rare books document the material remnants of early modern European performance. Through their presence we glimpse the ephemeral world of living art before modern recording. The acknowledgement of performance arts through the medium of static print and image is a testament to the goal of an Enlightened Europe to document, study and critique its world.

The Rare Book Collections of the J. Willard Marriott Library document the heritage of the book. From the first clay tablet to modern fine press and artists' books, these collections trace the development of books as they detail the progression of law, literature, philosophy, science, and the exploration of the Americas. These library collections bring history to life, revealing as much about the present as the past—providing insights into both the words and the world in which they were formed.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

February 18, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture

Speaker:  Tini Miura, Japan & California

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th Floor

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

February 27, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Viva La Révolution: Process, Printing, and Politic of the Poster

Instructors: Becky Williams Thomas and David Wolske, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $80; materials fee: $25

Be it politics, propaganda, or publicity, the printed poster injects its message into the daily lives of the populace. Its fast, cheap, and hands-on mode of production easily differentiates the poster from the powers of the establishment. Hijack the design process, taking the impulsive spontaneity of poster production directly to the letterpress. Using various methods of image production such as relief blocks, pressure prints, and type elements, letterpress print a number of posters on a variety of papers. Come get inky and involved with the letterpress, and leave impressed with what this machine can do.

David Wolske is the Designer for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago.

Becky Thomas came to book arts from studies in creative writing and literature. Her fascination with text, its history, fable, and manipulation, informs all of her bookwork. Her editing work on local creative journals and her interest in small press publishing adds texture to her teaching and artistic production.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

March 3, 10, 17, 31, & April 7, Wednesday, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: Simple Book Repairs for At-Home Curators

Instructor:  Tomomi Nakashima, Utah

Location:  Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $180; materials fee $60

Learn foundational book-repair techniques including dry cleaning; paper mending; sewing; repairing of loose joints, torn spines and endcaps; and mending detached boards. This five-session course is limited to eight motivated participants. Manual dexterity and patience are highly recommended. Participants receive a kit of basic materials and tools as well as damaged books to repair. At the seminar's completion, participants are capable of assessing damage to non-rare books and executing basic, non-damaging techniques necessary for repair.

Tomomi Nakashima started book conservation training in 1997 as a student employee at the Marriott Library, University of Utah while working on an MA in linguistics. In 2002, she relocated to Mesa, AZ where she worked as a book conservator for Roswell Bookbinding. Returning to Utah and the Marriott Library in 2005, she is currently the Head Conservator in the Preservation Department, taking care of rare books and various special projects for the University collections.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

March 5–April 23

Exhibition: Marking Time: Guild of Bookworkers Triennial Exhibition

Reception: March 11, 5:30–7:30

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The Guild of Book Workers traveling exhibition Marking Time comes to the Special Collections Gallery of the J. Willard Marriott Library. In Marking Time, members of the Guild translate their personal examinations of time into books that showcase a diversity of backgrounds and vision. Demonstrating a plethora of skills and materials, this exhibition juxtaposes the best of traditional leather bindings with the dyed, painted, collaged, and carved methods synonymous with experimental design.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

March 20, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's Mini-Workshop: Flipping Out and Over: Folded Books, Portfolios, and Boxes
This workshop is repeated on Saturday, October 16

Instructor: Antonia Nelson, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Fold a sheet of paper in half, then each half in half again. Two dimensions become three and incredibly, from out of the flat, mountains and valleys appear. One more fold and a tiny cut yield an eight-page book. Betsy Ross made four more folds then cut out our flag's five-point star. Flip out over the mystifying way simple folds transform the humdrum sheet into books, boxes, and portfolios. Learn the secret of using these kid-constructed containers to house and enhance classroom discoveries.

Antonia Nelson has been making books for over ten years, creating her first, a folded book with hand-drawn illustrations and a pop-up, while obtaining her BFA at the University of Utah. Upon discovering letterpress printing and bookbinding at the Book Arts Program, she was totally hooked. She travels to workshops and classes all over the country to study with luminaries of the book arts world. Under the imprint Curmudgeoness Press, Toni produces limited edition, hand-made artists' books, which have been shown in exhibitions nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

April 8, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture

Speaker:  Emily McVarish, California

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th Floor

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

April 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: A Little Topsey in the Turvey: Materiality and Mechanics of Letterpress Production

Instructor: Emily McVarish, California

Location:  Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee:  $160; materials fee:  $30

Invert the traditional primacy of concept over execution in this workshop exploring the materiality and mechanics of letterpress production. From typesetting to presswork, participants use process as source for textual meaning and form. Employing experimental literary strategies and innovative printing techniques, embrace the physical constraints and the possibilities of combination unique to the letterpress in order to generate and configure original texts. Writing, designing, and printing all proceed simultaneously to produce a small edition of broadsides.

Emily McVarish is a book artist, writer, and designer living in San Francisco where she has operated her presses Axel and Otto since 1990. Her artists' books are held by major museums and libraries and have been widely exhibited, most recently in “\flo\: art, text, new media” at the Center for the Book Arts in New York. View two of her books on-line in their entirety at Artists' Books Online. Emily McVarish is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at California College of the Arts. With Johanna Drucker she co-authored Graphic Design: A Critical History published by Prentice Hall in 2008.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

April 30–June 11

Exhibition: Booking a Brouhaha

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

Book Arts Program students trigger quite a commotion as they showcase the final editions and ingenious bookwork created as part of spring semester's Artists' Books class. Revel in the design, writing, and craft that coalesce to produce a bit of everything from one-of-a-kind masterpieces to democratic multiples. As the world of the printed page explodes in different directions these students utilize the ensuing pandemonium to instigate stunning innovations in the art of the book.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

May 15, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's Mini-Workshop: Baking Up a Dozen: 13 Books from a Letter-sized Sheet
This workshop is repeated on Saturday, August 14

Instructor: Louona Tanner, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Bake-up a batch of books. Take one ream of text paper, 500 sheets. Fold it, tear it, twist it around. Sprinkle liberally with classroom content. Write on it, color it, and sauce it up with art. Season with creativity. Serve this amazing baker's dozen to a classroom of children, hungry for books. Unlimited serving size.

Louona Tanner holds a BFA from Weber State University and has studied illumination with Sheila Waters, Ken Harris, and Reggie Ezell. Louona teaches book arts for the Book Arts Program, the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association, and YouthCity. She has exhibited her work at Ogden Eccles Art Center, Springville Art Museum, the J. Willard Marriott Library, Rio Grand Gallery, and national calligraphy conventions.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

May 19–August 4, Wednesdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Letterpress Printing 1, 2, & 3
This class is repeated August 25–December 8

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and David Wolske, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400;  materials fee:  $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Head of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

David Wolske is the Designer for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

June 9–12, Wednesday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Intensive workshop: A Space to Make Your Mark: Complex Multi-Level Boxes

Instructor: Julie Chen, California

Location:  Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Intensive fee: $320; materials fee:  $60

With the potential to both conceal and reveal, the box becomes much more than a simple container. When using the box as an expressive medium, design and function become vital elements to create an experience of discovery and wonder. This 4-day intensive takes the art and craft of boxmaking to new levels of complexity, both technically and conceptually. Participants make three boxes: one with multiple levels, a drawer, an upper compartment, and a magnetic closure; another with a Plexiglas-topped shadowbox compartment in the lid; and last, a box that unrolls to reveal several trays. As participants learn the secrets of creating complex hybrid-box structures, they also explore the potential of the box form. The instructor's collection of innovative hybrid-box models helps generate conversation and ideas for future boxes. Some previous bookmaking experience, including a basic familiarity with the tools and techniques of bookbinding and/or boxmaking is strongly recommended for this workshop.

Internationally recognized book artist Julie Chen operates Flying Fish Press and teaches and lectures on bookmaking for the Mills College Book Art Program and throughout the country. She completed a degree in printmaking at the University of California, Berkeley and obtained an advanced degree in book arts from Mills College. Julie continually pushes the conceptual limits of her books, allowing reader interaction to play an important role. A skilled letterpress printer, Julie ably blends the non-traditional with the traditional, creating singular works sought out by collectors around the globe. Julie's work and artistic philosophy are featured in the PBS series Craft in America and in an on-line video.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

June 10, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture

Speaker: Julie Chen, California

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

June 18–August 13

Cosponsored Exhibition: AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers

Location:  Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The Book Arts Program and AIGA Salt Lake City present 50 Books / 50 Covers, the international traveling exhibition from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Since 1924, the AIGA 50/50 competition and exhibition has recognized excellence in book design and production. Considered the country's most prestigious book exhibition, it presents the best books and covers of 2008.

Please join the Book Arts Program for the opening reception of AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers, on Thursday, July 22, from 5:30–7:30 in the Special Collections Gallery.

The exhibition and reception are FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

June 26, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Workshop: Peep Show: Design and Construction of the Tunnel Book

Instructor: Amber Heaton, Utah

Location:  Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $45; materials fee:  $20

Those peering into the historic, tunnel-book structure are drawn mysteriously away from the flat page and into a three-dimensional world. Cutouts in the middle of the book's pages allow the reader to see through the book, viewing every page at the same time, but from new, magical perspectives. Workshop participants learn three different methods of constructing a tunnel structure: one is formed from a single sheet of paper; in another, images are cut directly from the tunnel book pages; a third incorporates outside images into the book's peep-show art. In creating models of these books, participants consider the advantages and possible uses of each and collect prototypes for use in future tunnel-book projects.

Living in Salt Lake City, UT, Amber Heaton is an artist working in the media of print, sculpture, and installation. Her most recent body of work features creatures from the deep sea. She enjoys building up layers of transparent ink on dark paper. Her installations, prints, and book projects are exhibited nationally. Amber currently holds the position of PR and Studio Coordinator at the Book Arts Program.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

July 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Educator's Workshop: Handmade Books for a Healthy Planet: Around the World with Recycled Materials

Instructor: Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, Massachusetts

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

For two days, give your imagination and energy over to three things: making and creating books, sharing and understanding our world's cultures, and using recycled materials to conserve resources by looking at things we throw away in a fresh way. Beginning with some history about book forms from around the world, move directly into making lots and lots of books. Benefit from guided, step-by-step instructions as well as time to work independently. While exploring variations on forms, think about and use different recycled materials in constructing books to fit your curriculum. The emphasis is on ease of construction, simplicity of materials, and a free-spirited approach to the process—no rulers allowed.

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord is the author of Hands-On History: Middle Ages, Super Pop-up Reports for American History, Multicultural Books to Make and Share, and Handmade Books for a Healthy Planet. She is the founder of makingbooks.com, a site offering web content, ebooks, and YouTube tutorials to inspire educators and parents to make books with children. Since 1990, she has taught bookmaking workshops to over 30,000 students and 5,000 teachers. Her artists' books are exhibited in numerous museums, libraries, and private collections worldwide.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

July 22, Thursday, 5:30–7:30

Reception: AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers

Location:  Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Please join the Book Arts Program for the opening reception of AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers.

The reception is FREE and open to the public. The Book Arts Program invites the first fifty attendees to letterpress print an exhibition keepsake.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

July 31, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Flex-a-sketch: Crafting the Custom Sketchbook

Instructor: Chris McAfee, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee:  $80; materials fee:  $25

Anne Frank kept a private diary, da Vinci, a secret sketchbook. Darwin noted the voyage of the Beagle in his journal. Which form of the blank page assists your creative process? In this workshop, participants construct a blank book with a shaped-spine, making adaptations according to personal preferences. The size is flexible, up to 12 x 9.5 inches, and the boards are covered with decorative material that suits individual tastes. Discussions include functionality and customization to fit various needs. Participants leave with a personalized, multi-purpose tool designed and built to enhance their artistic and literary endeavors.

Chris McAfee, who teaches the Book Arts Program bookbinding course, received a BFA in printmaking from Brigham Young University where he began learning to bind books. He received an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama where he learned book conservation. Chris has since worked for both BYU and the LDS Church History Department conserving and preserving books, documents, photographs, and other artifacts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 14, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's Mini-Workshop: Baking Up a Dozen: 13 Books from a Letter-sized Sheet

Instructor: Louona Tanner, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Bake-up a batch of books. Take one ream of text paper, 500 sheets. Fold it, tear it, twist it around. Sprinkle liberally with classroom content. Write on it, color it, and sauce it up with art. Season with creativity. Serve this amazing baker's dozen to a classroom of children, hungry for books. Unlimited serving size.

Louona Tanner holds a BFA from Weber State University and has studied illumination with Sheila Waters, Ken Harris, and Reggie Ezell. Louona teaches book arts for the Book Arts Program, the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association, and YouthCity. She has exhibited her work at Ogden Eccles Art Center, Springville Art Museum, the J. Willard Marriott Library, Rio Grand Gallery, and national calligraphy conventions.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 18, Wednesday, 4:30

Lecture

Speaker: Cynthia Thompson, Tennessee

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 19–21, Thursday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Layer Upon Layer: Utilizing Stencils in Papermaking and Printing

Instructor: Cynthia Thompson, Tennessee

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee:  $240; materials fee:  $30

Magic happens when letterpress printing combines with the basics of hand papermaking. Focusing on the expanded use of the stencil, participants create a multi-layered broadside edition and a handmade paper folio. Each participant forms handmade sheets of paper containing their unique watermark from a stencil designed and created using demonstrated techniques. Expanded demonstrations of papermaking artistry illustrate innovations such as “line bleeding,” where pigmented pulp is flooded through a stencil to create an image. Applying various methods and imagery, participants craft and use a second set of stencils to print on the flatbed presses. Following detailed demonstrations of pressure printing, ink modification, and printing techniques, participants produce a multiple-layered print on handmade paper. Discussion of work incorporating pressure printing with other media such as woodcut, digital prints, and hand papermaking guarantees that scintillating conversations rule the day.

Cynthia Thompson is currently Professor of Book and Paper Arts at the Memphis College of Art. In 2003, she taught both papermaking and book arts in Cortona, Italy as visiting faculty with the University of Georgia's study abroad program. Cynthia often uses paper pulp to explore issues of body image and imperfection, once peppering her handmade, pigmented paper with powdered soap to imitate flesh. Her solo exhibitions include prestigious venues across the country. Cynthia received her BFA in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 20–October 1

Exhibition: ¡Viva México!

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, the Rare Books Division presents a selection of Mesoamerican manuscript facsimiles; 16th through 19th century first and early editions of books that document México’s history of encounter, conquest, conversion, conflict and resolution; and 20th and 21st century artists’ books celebrating México’s artistic and literary heritage. ¡Viva México!

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 25–December 8, Wednesdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Letterpress Printing 1, 2, & 3 

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and David Wolske, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400;  materials fee:  $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Head of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

David Wolske is the Designer for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 26–December 9, Thursdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Bookbinding 1, 2, & 3 

Instructor: Chris McAfee, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee:  $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3065, 4065, & 4075 (non-major); Art 3365, 4375, & 4385 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Explore the basic elements of bookbinding, including design and construction of the traditional book. Participants produce and take away a variety of binding models. Build on a foundation of knowledge to produce an individually designed bookwork. Intermediate and advanced students select avenues of bookbinding to pursue on a more sophisticated and artistic level.

Chris McAfee received a BFA in printmaking in 1993 from Brigham Young University where he was first introduced to bookbinding. In 1995, he received an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama where he developed an interest in book conservation. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

September 23, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture: The Book as Interactive Sculpture

Speaker: Alicia Bailey, Colorado

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

A studio artist working across multiple disciplines, Alicia Bailey presents work focusing on bookarts and assemblage. Her art consistently emphasizes the book as interactive sculpture and embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. For this lecture, Alicia offers a brief overview of her sculptural bookworks in addition to a step-by-step presentation of more complex projects, discussing various sources and inspirations.

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

September 24 & 25, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Binding the Strange and Unusual: Books with Rigid Pages

Instructor: Alicia Bailey, Colorado

Location:  Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $160; materials fee:  $50

Inventive bookbinders looking to exploit the unconventional, quirky, and odd turn to ridgid-page bindings. Incorporating Plexiglas, wood, glass, metal, and cardboard, these structures are particularly useful to those interested in sculptural book forms. Through model building, this workshop teaches several different rigid-page forms. The first model is adapted from Keith Smith's many explorations of across-the-spine bindings and sewn, single sheets. The second, particularly suited for creating sandwiches of layered, transparent materials, is an adaptation of Hedi Kyle's Mongolian Book. The third model is the instructor's unique design, using Tyvek hinges between boards; the fourth, a variation of a stiff-leaf structure; the fifth, if time allows, a wire-edge structure. Participants construct all models out of binder's board, but, through demonstration and discussion, learn adaptations for alternative materials.

Alicia Bailey of Denver, Colorado has worked as a studio artist for thirty years in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media, focusing on the book form for the past fifteen. Familiarity with so many materials proves invaluable to her explorations of the book form as interactive sculpture. Alicia is a visiting artist at high schools and colleges throughout the country and has books in numerous public and private collections. Her Abecedarian Gallery provides juried exhibitions, catalogues, and general support of the book arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

October 8–November 26

Exhibition: Counterform: Juried Exhibition of Work by Utah Book Artists

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

This exhibit returns to continue the tradition of showcasing the outstanding work produced by Utah's bookmakers. Open to professionals, amateurs, and students, this juried exhibition highlights the witty and the preposterous, the poignant and the sublime. Many of these books are created in response to Book Arts Program workshops and classes, and all manifest the freshness inherent in courageous creativity.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

October 16, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's Mini-Workshop: Flipping Out and Over: Folded Books, Portfolios, and Boxes

Instructor: Antonia Nelson, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Fold a sheet of paper in half, then each half in half again. Two dimensions become three and incredibly, from out of the flat, mountains and valleys appear. One more fold and a tiny cut yield an eight-page book. Betsy Ross made four more folds then cut out our flag's five-point star. Flip out over the mystifying way simple folds transform the humdrum sheet into books, boxes, and portfolios. Learn the secret of using these kid-constructed containers to house and enhance classroom discoveries.

Antonia Nelson has been making books for over ten years, creating her first, a folded book with hand-drawn illustrations and a pop-up, while obtaining her BFA at the University of Utah. Upon discovering letterpress printing and bookbinding at the Book Arts Program, she was totally hooked. She travels to workshops and classes all over the country to study with luminaries of the book arts world. Under the imprint Curmudgeoness Press, Toni produces limited edition, hand-made artists' books, which have been shown in exhibitions nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

November 13, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Press-to-Post in a Day: Letterpressed Personal Greeting Cards

Instructor: Marnie Powers-Torrey, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $80; materials fee:  $30

Hoping to send unique holiday cards this year? Want to personalize thank-you or greeting cards? Get down and dirty with some printer's devilry! This card-printing hullabaloo introduces the aesthetic and technical delights of letterpress printing. Bring a message and use our vast collection of antique cuts and metal type to create an inspired and personalized greeting. Leave with an edition of approximately 50 letterpress-printed cards.

Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography and is Head of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

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Laura Decker

Grants and Outreach Coordinator, Book Arts Program

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Marnie Powers-Torrey

Managing Director, Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press

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Claire Taylor

Studio Manager, Book Arts Program

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Emily Tipps

Binding Instructor and Studio Coordinator, Book Arts Program

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Mary Toscano

Library Exhibitions and Studio Coordinator, Book Arts Program

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David Wolske

Creative Director, Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press

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