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[BKARTS] An Open Book Exhibit- Cleveland

An Open Book Art Exhibit
International Artist Book Exhibit

Cleveland, OH --- On exhibition March 1 through April 9, 2004 at
Cuyahoga Community College's Gallery West is "An Open Book," an
international juried exhibition featuring sculptural, traditional and
unusual art works from artists across the United States, Canada and
England. These books all address the premise of the show : The viewer
must be able to view  the work in its entirety without having to
handle the book.

To often a book is displayed in a gallery setting on a pedestal under
glass and the concept of the artwork is lost because the book can't
be handled and read. In an ideal situation, the viewer could come
into the gallery and touch, explore and read each and every page of a
book that an artist created. But the wear and tear on the artwork and
the security issues become a major problem. This show only selected
works of art that are either created with that thought in mind or
just happen to use a book structure where it naturally occurs.

The gallery received 197 entries from 80 artists and accepted 92
works from 65 artists. The artists come from 25 states (including
Alaska), England and Canada. We were very please with the high
caliber of artwork. The jury consisted of Suzanne Moore, Barbara
Chira and Julie Friedman.

 Suzanne Moore applies her eclectic passions for painting, lettering
and design to her work as a book artist.  Her  work is included in
private and public collections such as: The Pierpont Morgan Library,
NYC; The Library of Congress, the rare book collections of Harvard
and Smith College, and The James S. Copley Library, La Jolla, CA,
mong others.  She is one of the illuminators working on the St.
John's Bible, and she currently art directs the Lettering Design
Group at American Greetings.
Julie Friedman is a book artist with a Master of Fine Arts degree
from the University of Wisconsin. She exhibits nationally and
recently received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for
her work. She is also a visiting professor of art at several colleges
in the Cleveland area.
Barbara Chira, is an urban artist who lives and maintains a working
studio in the city of Cleveland.  She works in paper and on paper,
both two and three dimensionally.  Currently, she teaches drawing at
the college level.
Julie Friedman and Barbara Chira are co- directors of Gallery West
Gallery West is located on the 2nd Floor of the Campus Library,
Cuyahoga Community College/Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley
Road, Parma, Ohio, 44130-5199. Gallery hours are Mon-Thurs, 8 am - 10
pm, Fri, 8 am - 5 pm, and Sat, 8:30 - 4 pm. Holiday hours may vary.
For more information, call (216) 987-5322.

The mission of Gallery West is "to provide education about the visual
arts for the College, its students, and the community."


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