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June 2010

What’s New · Artists’ Book Exhibits at the Main Library

Bookworks 11 slideshow

In today’s world of ebooks and instant messaging, there are still artists, graphic designers, printmakers, and fine binders using traditional craftsmanship to create unique and small edition books. Two special exhibits now at the Main Library showcase handmade volumes.

BookWorks 11

The Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) will hold its 11th annual exhibit of traditional and contemporary handmade books in the Atrium of the Main Library from June 14 to September 6. This year’s exhibit showcases a selection of handmade books that demonstrate a variety of techniques and approaches used in traditional and contemporary bookmaking. The artist's contributions range from traditional Japanese bindings and collaged books to conceptually playful books that incorporate children's book illustrations to books that are composed of found objects or crafted from handmade paper

Composed of professional and amateur books artists, as well as archivists and conservators, CBAS is dedicated to the study of the book arts. The Society provides seminars, classes, and exhibits for the study and appreciation of the book as a unique form of visual expression.

The Keith Kuhn Memorial Artists’ Book Exhibit - Marking Time

Marking Time slideshow

In conjunction with the Cincinnati Book Arts Society’s Bookworks exhibit, "Marking Time," a traveling exhibit of book art created by members of the Guild of Book Workers will also be on display this summer. Guild members were asked to interpret the theme of “marking time” in any way they wished. This juried exhibit showcases the work of 50 artists from across the country, whose rich diversity of backgrounds, talents, and interests have been a hallmark of Guild membership for more than 100 years. Exhibitors are conservators and bookbinders, arts educators, full-time studio artists, and people with jobs outside the arts. Their translations vary in scope—some incorporated actual parts of time-keeping devices, while others pondered the end of time or celebrated the cycles of nature. Some deal with a literal or figurative journey, or cultural or personal history. Over sixty books—many of them hand made, one-of-a-kind objects—will be on display in the Main Library's Cincinnati Room from July 6 through August 26.

Permanent Collection

The Main Library's permanent collection includes contains stunning examples of the “book as art” by well-known international, national, and local artists. Learn more about the Library’s extensive collection of Artists’ Books.