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Fifth annual book arts exhibit sponsored by IUPUI University Library


July 17, 2012

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IUPUI University Library’s Herron Art Library has partnered with the Harrison Center for the Arts to sponsor "Bookmark," an Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association First Friday event. The exhibit opening reception will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St. in Indianapolis. The artwork will be on view until Aug. 29. Both the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

"Bookmark" builds on four years of successful collaboration between the library and the Harrison Center to promote local and regional book artists in the field of fine arts. Featured artists include Sara Brooks of Asheville, N.C., Joy Campbell from Santa Fe, N.M., David Johnson of Muncie, Ind., and Indianapolis’ own Elyce Elder. As in the past, the University Library will award a $400 prize to the best in show.

Also returning this year to give a hands-on talk about artists’ books are nationally recognized book arts dealers Bill and Vicki Stewart of Vamp & Tramp Booksellers.

The Herron Art Library will also exhibit recently acquired artists' books from its special collection of artists’ books and fine press books. These works will be on display at the opening night reception. The Herron Art Library, part of the IUPUI University Library, is inside the Herron School of Art and Design and is home to a museum-caliber collection of artists’ books.

The Herron Art Library’s collection of artists’ books contains many forms of the book arts, from fine press books illustrated by artists such as Mark Rothko to miniature books, some conveying powerful messages addressing social and family issues of personal significance to the respective book artist. Artists’ books often become a very personal extension and means of expression of a significant event or issue of an artist's life.

Significant book artists represented in the collection include Julie Chen, Ron King, Emily Artinian and Lois Morrison and local book artists Bonnie Stahlnacker, Paul Brown and Karen Baldner, among many others. New additions to the collection can be seen in the artists' book alcove by visiting the Herron Art Library on the IUPUI campus at 735 W. New York St. in Indianapolis.

Any resident of Indiana is eligible for an IUPUI University Library card. Resources and librarians are also available online at Browse the online collections to learn more about the road to Indiana statehood, the history of the National FFA Organization, poet James Whitcomb Riley and much more, or contact a librarian specialist for help with professional and school-related research.