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[BKARTS] "Mining the Lloyd Library" Book arts exhibit

Date:November 16, 2003

Mining the Lloyd: Book Artists Reveal Secrets and Treasures
from the Lloyd Library and Museum
downtown Cincinnati, Ohio

December 1, 2003 - February 28, 2004

Opening Reception and Public Talk: December 5,  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
with Thom Collins, Senior Curator at the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary
Art, Cincinnati and Dr. G. Doug Winget, medical botanist and professor emeritus
of the University of Cincinnati   (Talk will begin at 6:30 p.m.)

An exciting exhibition of artists' books will be on view at the Lloyd Library
this winter. Mining the Lloyd: Book Artists Reveal Secrets and Treasures from
the Lloyd Library and Museum opens December 1, 2003 and continues through
February 28, 2004.  The invitational show will feature book works by contemporary
artists of national and regional reputation along with selected rare and
unusual texts from the Lloyd Library and Museum.  Co-curators Diane Stemper and
Susan Brumm members of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society invited eighteen artists
to explore the Lloyd Library's holdings and select a book to investigate and
use as inspiration for creating a new book.  Each artist's unique work is a
reinterpretation of the content, theme or scientific treatise of the Lloyd text
they chose.  The Lloyd - one of the gems of downtown Cincinnati - is a science
research library specializing in pharmacy, botany and horticulture.  Mining
the Lloyd will bring long overdue attention to the collection and will speak to
the natural alliance between the visual arts, science and creativity.  The
exhibition was inspired by similar shows at the Smithsonian Dibner Library and
Johns Hopkins University.  Thom Collins, curator at the Rosenthal Center for
Contemporary Art and Dr. G. Doug Winget, medical botanist will conduct a public
talk regarding science and creativity during the opening.

Local artists include Kate Kern (Cincinnati) and the collaborative team of
Holmes and Riordan.  Kern's books have been exhibited widely and are included in
the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Getty Research
Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.  Diana Duncan Holmes
and Timothy Riordan (Cincinnati), whose collaborative artists' books have been
exhibited at the Miami University Art Museum and are in the collections of the
Museum of Modern Art and The New York Public Library, will display Monkey
Business: A Revised Text inspired by Darwin's The Origin of Species and The Holy
Bible.  Nationally-known book artist Carol Barton (Maryland) will be creating
a small edition ABC book of chemical synonyms and trade names.  Barton's work
is avidly collected and has been exhibited at the National Museum of Women in
the Arts, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Center for Book
Arts in New York.  Artist George Gessert (Oregon), also inspired by Origin of
Species, will show his artist's book Origin, Streptocarpus Breeding Project.
Gessert's books are found in major collections and his art and science essays
have been published in The Northwest Review and Art Papers.  Additional artists
include: Beth Brann, Susan Brumm, Jack Campbell, Gabrielle Fox, Rhonda Gushee,
Celene Hawkins, Peg Rhein, Carolyn Whitsel (Cincinnati), Ed Hutchins (New
York), Karen Fuhrman ( Lexington), Rebecca Morton (Columbus), Ellen Sheffield
(Gambier), Diane Stemper (Oxford), and Karen Wirth (Minneapolis).

The Lloyd Library and Museum, located at 917 Plum Street, downtown Cincinnati
, is a cherished Cincinnati secret. The current collection is based on a
collection started by John Uri in 1864. The publications were used by the Lloyd
Brothers, John Uri, Curtis Gates and Nelson Ashley Lloyd, and were an integral
part of their pharmaceutical manufacturing business. The Lloyd Brothers
established a trust in 1919 that continues to support the Library's operations. Today,
the Lloyd Library and Museum is recognized worldwide by the scientific
community as a vital research center. Housing thousands of volumes on the subject of
pharmacy, botany, and horticulture, it has a vast collection of scientific
texts - many of which date back hundreds of years.  Included in this rare book
collection is an original copy of the ten volume Flora Graeca (1840) by John
Sibthorp, an original copy of Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin, and
Elizabeth's Blackwell's A Curious Herbal (1739).

Along with the funding from the Lloyd Library, the Ohio Arts Council helped
fund this exhibition with an Artists Project Grant. The mission of the Ohio
Arts Council is to build Ohio through the arts and to encourage economic growth,
educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Contact: Susan Brumm,
Cincinnati Book Arts Society
513.321.4449    or  brummfound@xxxxxxxxxxxx

Lloyd Library and Museum
917 Plum Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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