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[BKARTS] Call For Entries - Matter & Spirit Exhibition - Wells College Book Arts Center - Spring 2004

Call for Entries: Matter & Spirit - Items due 16 January, 2004

The Wells College Book Arts Center invites book artists to participate in
its juried national exhibit, Matter & Spirit: The Genesis and Evolution of
the Book. This exhibit will be on display during the month of April 2004 on
the Wells College campus in Aurora, New York, and will be part of the major
national symposium of the same name, to be held at Wells from 29 April to 1
May 2004.

A few words about the nature of our symposium may assist artists in the
selection of works for submission to the exhibit. Matter & Spirit will
focus on the creative process in the book arts, especially in large
projects and collaborative efforts. It will investigate the motivation for
and germination of ideas that become--intentionally or otherwise--projects
of grand scale. It will explore the processes and challenges that go along
with collaboration and the aesthetic stamina required to see an idea
through to its embodiment. How does the artist adapt to the unexpected? How
does the creation change its creator? These are a few of the many questions
that may be answered by the symposium and its participants. The focus of
Matter & Spirit makes this symposium a rarity, one that is interested in
process as much as product, and one that tries to address elusive
questions, rather than repeating what is already known.

Artists are asked to submit up to two items for consideration, in one or
two of four categories: fine press work, binding, calligraphy, and artists'
books. Those whose work is selected will be asked to send a few key
sketches, diagrams, or a mock-up of the project, as well as a brief
narrative of its creation, as part of the exhibit's focus on process.
Participants will receive a full-color catalogue of the exhibit. The
exhibit will also be available online at the Wells College Book Arts website.

The exhibit will be juried by Terrence Chouinard, Director of the Wells
Book Arts Center; Donia Conn, Binder-in-Residence at Wells College and
Assistant Conservator at Syracuse University Library; Sarah Roberts, Victor
Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts at Wells College; and Peter Verheyen,
Conservator at the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse
University Library.

The deadline for submissions is 16 January 2004. The entry fee is $20 for
up to two items, with checks made payable to the Wells College Book Arts
Center. Flat pieces should be framed and ready to display. All work should
be sent insured, in re-usable containers, with return postage included.
Please do not send slides as jurying will be from actual works.

Full entry information, including an online entry form is available
at  <http://aurora.wells.edu/~wbac/bookarts/evnt_symp_mns03_exhibit.html>.
The meat of the entry form is also duplicated immediately below.

For more information on the exhibit please contact Peter Verheyen at
<verheyen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> / 315-443-9937 or on the web at


Peter Verheyen
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Library
222 Waverly Ave
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244

Please return via email AND include hard copy with entry.

City:                                           State:

Category (Circle one):   Binding       Artist's Book      Fine Press Work
(Broadsides & books)      Calligraphy

Title of Work:

Description (Please include all details):

Edition Size: Size of item (HxWxThickness) in cm:

Creation Date: Collaboration (With whom and how):

Insurance Value:

Artist's Statement:

Artist's Resume (optional):


For those who are interested in attending the symposium, please read on:

Matter & Spirit: The Genesis and Evolution of the Book will take place at
the Wells College Book Arts Center, in the village of Aurora, part of New
York's famed Finger Lakes region. The symposium's scheduled activities will
include four demonstrations, eight presentations, a panel discussion on
entrepreneurship in the book arts, and a reception for the accompanying
exhibit. A vendor fair for book artists, dealers, and suppliers will run
concurrently to the symposium. Participants will also have the opportunity
to take field trips to area book arts institutions, including the Press &
Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler, one of the most important type
casting shops (and working museums) in the nation.

Confirmed speakers and demonstrators include Don Glaister, fine binder, who
will speak about his most recent book, Brooklyn Bridge: A Love Song; Theo
Rehak, of the Dale Guild Type Foundry, who will speak about his
reproduction of Gutenberg's type; Don Rash, edition binder, and Priscilla
Juvelis, dealer of rare & fine books, who will discuss their work. Suzanne
Moore, Head of Lettering & Font Design at American Greetings, and Carol
Blinn, of Warwick Press, will present workshops in paste papers & pochoir.
More speakers and demonstrators will be announced as they are confirmed.

This will be the Center's third symposium, following two highly successful
symposia, one on Victor Hammer, in 1993, and one on fine bookbinding, in 1995.

Inspired by Victor Hammer, founder of the Wells College Press and
internationally-renowned calligrapher, painter, printer and type designer,
the Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas
of book arts and technologies. The Center is anchored by the Wells College
Press, and the Jane W. Pearce '32 Bindery. Students in Wells book arts
classes learn the history and philosophy of their craft as they develop
hand skills and cultivate aesthetic awareness in the fabrication of books.
In addition, they learn experientially through internships at museums,
conservation labs, letterfoundries, and similar book arts institutions. The
Center embraces historical arts and technologies while actively
investigating and incorporating innovations of our digital age. The Wells
Book Arts Center supports the mission of the College by revealing the
essential role of the book in Western culture and the liberal arts.

Wells College was founded by Henry Wells in 1868 with the purpose of
providing women with an excellent education and the same academic
opportunities as men; the college's modern mission has not altered greatly:
to educate women to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as
they cultivate meaningful lives. Wells' commitment to providing a quality,
liberal arts education for women is steadfast.  Located in the Finger Lakes
Region, Wells College is one of only 4 women's colleges in New York and the
only one outside of a metropolitan area.

Please visit us on the web at: <http://www.wells.edu/bookarts>


Terrence P. Chouinard
Director of the Wells Book Arts Center
Wells College Book Arts Center
Aurora, NY 13026

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