VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Libraries will present a series of altered book events this semester, including an altered book exhibition that will be on display from March through June.
In addition to seeking entries for "Bound and Unbound: Altered Book Exhibition," USD Libraries is presenting a lecture and workshop dedicated to altered books, a mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form which alters its state or meaning.
"The USD libraries are thrilled to bring the tradition of altered books to South Dakota with this exhibit and helping to sponsor Julia Leonard's workshops to increase knowledge of this imaginative, artistic medium," noted Anne Moore, Ph.D., Dean of Libraries at The U.
Leonard, a renowned book artist who operates her own bookbinding studio in Iowa City, Iowa, and teaches Book Art and Graphic Design at the University of Iowa, will provide a lecture, "A Look at Altered Book Works," on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. in Farber Hall. This lecture is free and open to the public. Additionally, on Saturday, Jan. 31, the Department of Art at USD will feature an altered book workshop at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, room 208; from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The workshop, partially funded thanks to a donation from First Bank & Trust in Vermillion, is open to the public; however, registration is required along with a $10 fee to register. Registration information is available at www.usd.edu/library/alteredbook.
“Many artists are intricately linked to libraries,” said Sarah A. Hanson, Curator of Photographs at USD. "Books are the guideposts and nourishment for knowledge, stories and inspiration. It makes sense to pay homage to books by utilizing them as a medium and it also makes sense for the books to help celebrate the artist."
A reception for the exhibition from 4 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of the University Libraries kicks off "Bound and Unbound: Altered Book Exhibition" on March 20. The exhibit is scheduled to conclude June 15. Entries are open to the public. Artists may submit up to three entries by March 16 and there is no fee to enter the exhibition. USD Libraries has a selection of books for use in this project. These books may be selected upon request from the Circulation Desk during regular library hours. Books for the exhibition can be provided by any source but all artwork must be original and less than three years old. University Libraries reserves the right to refuse work difficult to exhibit due to excessive size, weight or difficulty in presentation.
For prospectus and more information about “Bound and Unbound: Altered Book Exhibition,” please visit the Web site: www.usd.edu/library/alteredbook; or contact Hanson at (605) 677-5249 (e-mail Sarah.Hanson@usd.edu) or Patti Roberts-Pizzuto at (605) 677-6091 (e-mail Patti.Roberts-Pizzuto@usd.edu).