Handmade Paper: Wisconsin RootsApril 15 - June 30, 2013
For almost 50 years, Wisconsin has been a remarkable leader in the field of book arts and has played a vital role in the resurgence of handmade paper. This exhibit showcases examples of artists’ books that contain handmade paper made by artists with Wisconsin roots. These artists (pioneers, teachers, students, and practitioners) have all been inspired by the craft and artistic possibilities of paper. Featured artists include Walter Hamady, Jim Escalante, Mary Hark, and Joe Wilfer as well as many others who form a long papermaking lineage. The ingredients that are used in these books vary widely, from used clothing, donated UW-Madison hospital sheets, flax, cotton, and linen to bird’s nests and iris leaves. The exhibit is part of the multi-part exhibition Text Support: A Library Exhibit About Paper currently on view in the Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library. Another component to Text Support is the pop-up exhibition, Paper Engineering, located in the wall cases on the 2nd floor, Memorial Library.
Image: Mary Hark. Tactile Study for Driftless Reveries (2012)
This exhibit was curated by Lyn Korenic and Tracy Honn.
Bird Sightings in Artists' BooksJanuary 15 - April 14, 2013
If you have a passion for birds you’ll enjoy this selection of over two dozen feathered friends found standing, perching, or soaring among the pages of artists’ books. These common and fancy birds take a variety of expressions, from bold woodcuts of waterfowl and delicate watercolors of bird eggs to a Caribbean parrot rod-puppet and a German double alphabet book of 52 winged creations. Represented in fables, religion, Mother Goose, mythology, poetry, and flights of the imagination, birds inform our sense of the natural world, comment on our relationship to wildlife, and spark our romantic impulse to delight in beauty. From hummingbirds to blackbirds, eagles to owls, this diverse flock rocks.
Image: David Johnson. White River Lullaby. Muncie, IN: Amelia Press, 2000.
This exhibit was curated by Lyn Korenic, Director, Kohler Art Library.