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Bookbinding/Book Arts exhibit at the Syracuse University Library || Please Post

The Guild of Book Workers' new traveling exhibition, The Best of the Best,
will open on January 8, 2001, in the Syracuse University Library's Department
of Special Collections, sixth floor, E.S. Bird Library. With 33
participants from 18 states, the juried exhibition presents 35 of the best
works from the last part of the century. The show will close here on March
20, then continue to travel through early 2002.

On February 15 at 4 p.m., also on the sixth floor of Bird Library, there
will be a Library Associates lecture to complement the exhibition. Peter D.
Verheyen, the Library's conservator, will discuss "Bookbinding: A Thriving

The Guild of Book Workers began in 1906 with 42 members. Now there are
eight regional chapters and more than 1,000 members, included illuminators,
printers, binders, type designers, and book and bookplate designers.

Among the jurors are two Guild members, Scott Kellar, binder/conservator;
Audrey Niffennegger, binder/artist; and Doro Boehme, keeper of the Joan
Flash Artist Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The exhibition was organized by Barbara Lazarus Metz, exhibition chair for
the Guild of Book Workers.

The jurors selected a stunning array of work from traditional
design-bindings to artists' books in a variety of media. These include
bindings on published works, one-of-a-kind artist's books, and examples
using letterpress printing and calligraphy. Various illustration techniques
have been used, including printmaking, lithography, etching, linocut, as
well as watercolor, photocopier collage, and inkjet prints. Among the
formats are the traditional codex, accordion books, and some wildly unique

One of the primary goals of the Guild, since its inception, has been to
sponsor national exhibitions of members' work. These shows vary from
multiple bindings of the same text, to a specific theme, or, like The Best
of the Best, a general overview. In recent years the exhibitions have
seldom focused solely on bindings because the membership includes not only
bookbinders, but papermakers, calligraphers, printers, artists, marblers,
and conservators.

The exhibitions travel for up to one and a half years throughout the United
States. A new show is premiered every two years at our Standards of
Excellence Seminar in fall in different locations throughout the country.
This exhibition will be at libraries at the University of Utah, Ohio
University in Athens, Ohio, Dartmouth College, Smith College, and
Swarthmore College, in addition to Syracuse University. It will also be at
the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Art and the San
Francisco Public Library.

A catalogue of the show is available for $20+s/h online at the Guild's
site. The exhibition can also be seen online at the Guild of Book Workers'
homepage at http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Peter Verheyen,
315-443-9937, pdverhey@library.syr.edu.

Peter D. Verheyen
Special Collections Preservation & Access Librarian / Conservator
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-9937

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