Book and Paper MFA graduate students Jamie Weaver, Christoper Saclolo, and Kathi Beste, as well as faculty member Miriam Schaer, all have work included in an exhibition of artists’ books from North and South America at UWGB’s Lawton Gallery. The gallery, which covers 1700 sq. foot in the Theatre Arts Building, is in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus.
How to Read a Book:
An Artists’ Books Reading Room is designed as an interactive, hands-on exhibition. Visitors will be able to handle some of the books in an exhibition space that has been reconfigured as an artists’ books reading room, as well as be able to view copies of important works inside secure cases, such as Ed Ruscha’s book works Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1969/1967), Royal Road Test (with M. Williams & P. Blackwell), (1969/1967), and A Few Palm Trees (1971).
A special section is devoted to books published through the Veteran’s Book Project, an initiative coordinated by artist Monica Haller with veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The accompanying exhibition catalogue features an interview with Max Xela, Special Collections Librarian at UW-Milwaukee.
At the show’s close, the artists’ books on display by Columbia’s InterArts MFAs have the option of being circulated into the UWGB Cofrin Library’s Artists’ Books Special Collection. This collection began with a large donation of ‘zines donated from the personal collections of Sarah Detweiler (UWGB Professor of Arts and Visual Design) and Dr. Stephen Perkins (Lawton Gallery’s Academic Curator of Art), both authors and/or critics in the area of visual narratives and ‘zines.
The exhibition runs from October 11–November 1. For more information on Cofrin Library Artists’ Book Collection, click here. For more information on Lawton Gallery, click here.
More photos from the exhibition installation and gallery can be found here.