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Cincinnati Bookworks Shows Off UC Talent

Date: April 24, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News, Campus News

An exhibit featuring the work of two members of the staff of University Libraries and two faculty members of the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) is coming to UC after a successful showing at the Cincinnati Public Library's main branch downtown. Cincinnati Bookworks, the second annual exhibit of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society, will be featured at the DAAP and Langsam (sixth floor display area) libraries beginning April 30 through the end of spring quarter.

The exhibit showcases the area's most impressive handmade books created by artists, binders and conservators in Cincinnati. Some of the books have been featured at the Chicago Art Institute, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the New York Public Library.

Pat Schmude, an associate in the Conservation and Binding Department, Langsam Library, and member of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society, says under the guidance of internationally known bookbinder Gabrielle Fox, he created his first leather-bound book. "We've been making books similar to this for the past 10 years, but not generally in leather." Schmude's colleague at Langsam, Virginia Wisniewski, also has a book featured in the exhibit.

Don Kelley, associate professor of fine arts, DAAP, will have his book, Avatar featured, a project that received funding from the Ohio Arts Council as well as the University of Cincinnati Research Council. Avatar is a hand-printed book that features computer-manipulated images of the Ohio River. Also featured will be a book by Kimberly Burleigh, professor and director of Graduate Studies in Fine Arts (DAAP), entitled Reversions. Burleigh's project also was funded by the Ohio Arts Council, Faculty Development Committee and the University Research Council.

The Cincinnati Book Arts Society is a community of book and paper artists in Greater Cincinnati.

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