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Westward Bound at Washington State University, Pullman

July 2, 1999


A Juried Exhibition Celebrating Book Arts in the West

WSU Libraries
October 18 - November 28, 1999

If you think books will eventually be exclusively online, then think
again. If you make a book by hand (rather than a book printed by a
commercial publisher) it is called an "artist book" and you are practicing
"book arts". These people will continue to express themselves despite
forward moving technology.

And the results are fabulous!

Westward Bound, a juried exhibition of 40 artist books, finepress
editions, and fine bindings will open at WSU Libraries on October 18,
1999, in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections area in the
New Library. In concert with this exhibit, the Department of Fine Arts and
the Museum of Art will display three-dimensional materials in the book
arts tradition from the Museum's permanent collection in Gallery II,
October 19-November 24, 1999. Compton Union Building's Gallery will host a
regional exhibition or artists in the Palouse region depicting the nature
of books arts, October 4-22, 1999.

In addition, this program will entail a public lecture and reception on
October 21, 1999, in the Holland/New Library Atrium during the first week
of its opening at 4pm. The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Mildred
Bissinger, a longtime donor to WSU Libraries. During the first week of
November, Madelyn Garrett, curator of the exhibition and one of the
artists, will conduct for students a behind-the-scene tour of the
exhibition in MASC and be available for consultation for students
regarding book arts.

Tim Ely, one of the artists and teach of book arts in Portland, Oregon,
will present a public lecture entitled "The Extra-Terrestrial Book" on
November 4, 1999, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. A reception
will follow hosted by the Friends of the Museum upon completion of the

Both Madelyn Garrett and Tim Ely will teach a one-credit class composed of
a series of workshops for interested students. The class will be held on
November 5 and 6, 1999, 9:00 - 4:00 p.m. The course is called "Traces: The
Ideas and History of Bookmaking"  and as many as 12 students may enroll.
The focus of the class will be an "explorer's journal." Anyone interested
may take this course. For more information on how to enroll, please
contact Fran Ho, Department of Fine Arts, 335-4984.

Westward Bound is the culmination of three years of workshops and classes
developed by the Marriott Library Book Arts Program from the University of
Utah. The exhibition is brought to the WSU Pullman campus by The
Holland/New Library, MASC; Department of Fine Arts; Museum of Art; The
Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts Committee (VPLAC); and the CUB

Robert Staab, WSU Libraries Development Coordinator
Phone: 509-335-8726
Nancy Baker, WSU Libraries Director
Phone: 509-335-4558
Madelyn Garrett
Phone: 801-585-6168

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