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[BKARTS] Kimono/Kosode by Carol Schwartzott

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May 24, 2002
Media contact only: Margaret Robe, Ann Greer--202.783.7373


Washington, D.C. -- Artist Carol Schwartzott, winner of the 2002 Library
Fellows Award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), has
produced a limited-edition artist's book that evokes the many graceful
layers of traditional Japanese dress.  Kimono/Kosode employs a repeated
design of a cutout kimono shape and tri-fold panels covered with Japanese
Chiyogami papers of varied patterns and related colors.

        The edition of 125 copies is produced in five colorways: blue,
black, red, green, and brown.  Kimono/Kosode has a hinged construction of
basswood dowels with six rigid sections, each forming one tri-fold page.
The book lies flat, but when it is displayed on its edge with the pages
flipped open a tiny multidimensional theater appears and the kimono becomes
a window.  Each tri-fold section also contains a text giving a brief history
of the kimono, printed letterpress on hand-dyed Japanese Yohko paper that
floats against a mat-board surface.  The book resides in a matching
slipcase; dimensions are 11 inches high by six inches wide by two inches

        According to Schwartzott, "I love Japanese art but am really humbled
by it.  I am delighted that the National Museum of Women in the Arts has
provided me with this opportunity to explore my interest through book art."

        Carol Schwartzott holds master's degrees in anthropology and fine
art from the University of Buffalo.  Her artist's books are in the
collections of many libraries and museums, including NMWA, the Smithsonian
Institution, the National Gallery of Art, Yale University, Harvard
University, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Among her book works are a
series on artists, two of which, on Joseph Cornell and Henri Matisse, were
included in the NMWA exhibition Book As Art XIII: Artists' Books About
Artists.  Schwartzott is the recipient of New York State Fellowship for the
Art and Arts International/NEA grants.  She lives and works near Ithaca,

        Kimono/Kosode is available for $395 until January 1, 2003, and $450
thereafter from the National Museum of Women in the Arts museum shop, or by
mail by calling 1.800.222.7270.  Women artists who wish to present a
proposal for the 2003 Library Fellows Award should send a request for
guidelines along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the NMWA Library
and Research Center, 1250 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20005.
Submission deadline is January 31, 2003.

About the museum

The National Museum of Women in the Arts, founded in 1981 and opened in
1987, is the only museum dedicated solely to celebrating the achievements of
women in the visual, performing, and literary arts.  Its permanent
collection contains works by more than 800 artists, including Judith
Leyster, Maria Sibylla Merian, Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Georgia
O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Catlett, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler,
and Louise Bourgeois.  The museum also conducts multidisciplinary programs
for diverse audiences, maintains a Library and Research Center, publishes a
quarterly magazine, and has organized 28 state committees.  Nearly 120,000
people visit the museum each year, including thousands of young people who
come with schools and scouting groups.  NMWA's national membership of more
than 35,000 is among the top ten percent of museum memberships nationwide.
The museum is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, in a
landmark building near the White House.  It is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.
- 5 p.m. and Sunday noon - 5 p.m.  For information call 202.783.5000 or
visit the museum's website, www.nmwa.org.


Sharon Wasserman
Deputy Director of the Library and Research Center
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

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