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June 2011

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

Bookworks 12 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. A special exhibit, that showcases handmade volumes, is now on display at the Main Library.

BookWorks 12

The Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) is holding its 12th annual exhibit of traditional and contemporary handmade books in the Atrium of the Main Library from June 14 to August 29. This year’s exhibit is comprised of 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 bindings and collaged books to conceptually playful books that incorporate mixed media 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.

Join CBAS artists for special guided tours of the exhibit:

  • June 19, 2:00 p.m.
  • August 28, 2:00 p.m.

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.