Waggle, Diane Stemper
Exhibition dates: June 14 — September 4, 2016
Location: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Atrium, 800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Every year the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County reminds readers not only of the transformative power of books but also how books themselves can be transformed into art, with two exhibits: Bookworks XVII and the Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit.
The book arts explore contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while preserving the traditional practices of the art of the book. Bookworks XVII is a Cincinnati Book Arts Society exhibit of one-of-a-kind handmade books.
Artists participating in Bookworks XVII are: Anjali Alm-Basu, Patty Bertsch, Cecelia S. Chewning, Julia Chilcote, Jo Diamantes, Judy Dominic, Nancy Driesbach, Jessica Ebert, Maryjo Flamm-Miller, Carol Freid, Cody Goodin, Heather Hitchman, Paul Johnson, Janice Kagermeier, Marguerite Katchen, Lou Kroner, Anne Leader, Karen McGarry, Margaret Rhein, Anne Endress Skove, Jonpaul Smith, Veronica Sorcher, Judith Serling-Sturm, Diane Stemper, Carolyn Stewart, Salle Taft, Jeanne Taylor, Chris Voynovich, Fran Watson, and Carole Winters.
Judges awards of merit went to Paul Johnson, Judith Serling-Sturm and Chris Voynovich.
The True Story, Paul Johnson
Unarmed in America, Judith Serling-Sturm
The Knowledge of Good and Evil, Chris Voynovich
The exhibit includes altered books, pop-ups, cloth books, flag books, accordion books, handmade and paste papers, conceptual books, leather binding, and traditional book structures exploring diverse topics such as family, history, nature, poetry, folk tales, photography, ephemera, journaling and gun violence.
A hands-on bookmaking demonstration takes place at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 17, at the Main Library. Get up-close and personal with the exhibit during the artist walk-through at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 21.
The Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit is on display in conjunction with Bookworks XVII in cases near the Main Library’s South Building elevators on the second and third floors, and in the Popular Library on the first floor. The exhibit showcases artists’ reimagined books from the Library’s collection. The show is organized annually in the memory of former Library Services Director Keith Kuhn who directed the Library’s expansion of the collection.
The exhibits are open during Main Library hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.
The above comes from Carole Winters, Media Contact for CBAS. Email: email@example.com.