UNH Art Gallery

Artists' Books Showcased at UNH Art Gallery

By Jennifer Vento
UNH News Bureau

February 28, 2001

DURHAM, N.H. -- An artist's book tells a story with more than words. Its pages may stand out like an accordian, marked with text, images and charts. Its materials may include wood, metal or latex. Its content is an art form of its own.

"Artists' Books by the Boston Printmakers," a new exhibition at The Art Gallery at the University of New Hampshire, explores this art form through exhibits, demonstrations, lectures and a special family program this spring. The exhibition, organized by the Boston Printmakers, runs March 20 through April 18, with a special preview reception March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m at The Art Gallery in the Paul Creative Arts Center. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The books in this exhibition draw on a tradition that is centuries old and has experienced renewed popularity over the last 30 years. The work featured in this exhibition explores traditional and non-traditional materials and formats, according to The Art Gallery Director Vicki Wright.

"Anyone interested in the relationship between words and images will find this an engaging exhibition," Wright says.

The work of 19 printmakers comes with a national and international perspective.

Sam Walker, the late president of the Boston Printmakers, described the artist¼s book as an art form that "uses structure, rhythm, flow and context of the book as an artistic medium in its own right. The book itself is an integral part of the piece of art, not simply a container for it."

This exhibition is presented with support from the Friends of The Art Gallery. The Boston Printmakers, founded in 1947, is a national non-profit organization of 300 professional printmakers from throughout the United States and Canada. Originally founded by faculty and students at the Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to promote education and interest in printmaking, the Boston Printmakers has since grown to organize one of the most prestigious national juried exhibitions in the country.

The gallery is located at The University of New Hampshire's Paul Creative Arts Center. Call (603) 862-3712 or e-mail art.gallery@unh.edu for directions, program information or to schedule school and group tours.

The gallery is open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. It is closed on Fridays and university holidays, including March 9-18 and April 15.

Color slides are available upon request from Amanda Tappan, education and publicity coordinator, The Art Gallery (603) 862-3713.

Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m.

March 21: LECTURE on bookmaking and printing by exhibiting artist and bookmaker Roberta Delaney. Room A219.

March 28: DEMONSTRATION of the Polaroid transfer process by photographer Rob Karosis. Room A219.

April 4: LECTURE by exhibiting book artist David C. Wolfe. Room A219.

April 11: SLIDE LECTURE: on Polaroid¼s photography collection by Barbara Hitchcock, director of cultural affairs at Polaroid Corporation. Room A219.

April18: CONCERT featuring the UNH Chamber Singers, directed by Professor William Kempster. The Art Gallery.


Monday, March 26: "The Bookworm Fiesta." Children will participate in an art activity and storytelling seminar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with advance registration. Deadline is March14.

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