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June 2011

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers Book Art Exhibit

The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, will present the exhibit, The Celebration of the Book, on view in the McMaster Gallery, from June 2 through Aug. 4, 2011. A reception will be held on June 2, from 5:30-7:30pm.

The Southeast Association for Book Arts and McMaster Gallery are pleased to present this exhibition that explores the art form of artists’ books. These art objects combine content and form to create something that is more than a simple container of information. The intent is to engage the reader in the viewing process, not only to see the words on a page but also to consider how the words, pictures, and form of the piece contribute to the meaning.

Artists’ books come in many forms that include a variety of formats, such as the traditional codex, accordion books, scrolls, tunnel books, pop-up books, boxed, and letterpress. The materials used range from handmade paper, manufactured papers and materials that are not generally associated with books, such as plastic, fabric, glass, wood, leather, metal, and found objects.

Book arts address a broad variety of subjects that may be highly personal or may concern current events, poetry and fantastic tales. The Celebration of the Book exhibition reflects each artist’s personal interests. Thirty-five artists are represented in this Bi-Annual exhibition.

The participants include: Lisa Blackburn, Mary Beth Boone, Frank Brannon, Barbara Bussolari, Annie Cicale, Cynthia Colbert, Laurie Corral, Gwen Diehn, Bridget Elmer, Daniel Essig, Annie Fain Liden, Larry Lou Foster, Michelle Francis, Susi Hall, Susan M. Hogue, Cathy Howe, Ellen Knudson, Susan Leeb, Matt Liddle, Annie Liden, Peter Madden, Wayne McNeil, Stephanie Nace, Linda Neeley, Bea Nettles, Teresa Prater, Robin Price, Kathleen Robbins, Lisa Beth Robinson, Alice Schlein, Sharon Sharp, Kathy Steinsberger, Susan Stevens, Kate Stockman, and Kathleen Strouther.

This eclectic exhibition seeks to stimulate viewers’ imagination and expand their appreciation of this art form.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Mana Hewitt, Gallery Director at 803/777-7480 or e-mail to (


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