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Rutgers symposium

On Friday, November 7th, 1997, the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers
University, Newark, New Jersey, will host the third annual
New Jersey Book Arts Symposium. "Hey . . . What's New?: Tradition and
Innovation and the Book Arts" will feature the work of six
diverse, highly regarded and accomplished book artists; in addition, "Hey . .
What's New?" will include a half-day, open-ended, playful
consideration of the salient differences between the set of practices that
to define traditional book work, and the practices of
non-traditional book work. "Hey . . . What's New?" will amiably explore, as
well, the cultural values and expectations that inform the
general understanding of the terms "tradition" and "innovation" within the
arts context.

As in the past, "Hey . . . " will include a morning program consisting of
presentations by New Jersey book artists, and an afternoon
program of discussions configured around a panel. Breaking with the past, the
afternoon panelists will offer potential arguing points for
the attendees in short and concise presentations. The attendees will then
themselves engage in an extended, moderated discussion. Those
attending are encouraged to be prepared to articulate their own positions
within the context of tradition and innovation and the book arts,
and, of course, to regard all positions both critically and with an

This year's Symposium will introduce an innovation, something we are calling
Book Artists' Jam: All attending "Hey . . . What's New?"
are invited to bring along one piece of their own work to share with others.
Tables will be provided for this purpose at the conclusion of
the afternoon discussions, to be held concurrently with the reception for the
exhibition of book art in the John Cotton Dana Library

Following the model of last year's well-received paper marbling demonstration
by Iris Nevins, this year, during the lunchtime break,
Barbara Henry will demonstrate woodblock printing, using a variety of
nineteenth and early twentieth century engraved woodblocks.

PRESENTERS: The morning presenters will be:

Earl B. Lewis (painter and children's book illustrator)

Lois Morrison (book artist),

Jamie Kamph (bookbinder),

Anna Pinto(calligrapher),

Sue Gosin (papermaker),

Eileen Foti (printmaker, lithographer).

DEMONSTRATION: A demonstration of printing woodblocks by Barbara Henry
(letterpress printer, graphic artist)

DISCUSSANTS: The afternoon discussion leaders will be:

TRADITION--Lowell Bodger (letterpress printer),

INNOVATION--Robert Mahon (photographer, book artist),

TRADITION AND INNOVATION--Hedi Kyle (conservator, book artist)

                             Vendor demonstrations and educational exhibits






Occupation or Interest in Book Arts:


Phone: ________________________________________________

_____ Will attend symposium and reception

_____ Intend to bring book of sample of work for Artists' Jam

Registration: $25
Rutgers Faculty and Staff: $10
Lunch not included in registration

All checks should be made payable to:

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Send registration forms and checks to:

Dana Library Administration
John Cotton Dana Library
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
185 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102

Note: Students may attend the Symposium without charge, but must register
before hand by calling 201 648 5223

For a Web version of the above, see

For a Web exhibition of the Second Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, see

Michael Joseph
Rare Book and Jerseyana Catalob Librarian
Rutgers University Libraries
Technical and Automated Services
P.O. Box 1350
Piscataway, New Jersey 08855-1350

                voice: 732-445-5904
                email: mjoseph@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
                fax :  732-445-5888


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