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[BKARTS] 12 annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium Invitation


Should you be planning to be in or near Newark, NJ, on November 3, 2006, I hope you will consider attending the 12th annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, a three-quarter day of presentations and discussions on topics of moment to students, scholars, artists, collectors, enthusiasts, knowledge seekers and practitioners of the book arts.

The theme of this year's symposium, "Flaps, Folds, Figures, and Flash: Books with Movable Parts" will be structures traditionally characterized as pop-up and movable books. With the help of eight distinguished artists, collectors and librarians, the Symposium will explore pop-up and movable books from every conceivable perspective, but pay close attention to various craft and artistic techniques, materials, paper engineering, book collecting, and the evolving cultural context. This year's roster of presenters includes:

Debra Weier
Maria Paisano
William Dane
Ellen Rubin
Chuck Miley
Ed Hutchins
Kyle Olmon
Judith K. Brodsky

"Flaps, Folds, Figures and Flash" will also include the customary "book artists' jam," at which all attendees are invited to display their own book art and book creations, and an exhibition combining traditional and innovative pop up/movable books, which will be on view in the Dana Gallery through January 7th. The exhibition curator, Amanda Thackray, a book artist, printmaker and recent graduate of The Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, will open the exhibition at the close of the formal program. As in the past, Marcia Wilson will be the Symposium's Artist-In-Residence.

We are especially pleased to announce that this year the Symposium will have as its guest chair, Ann Montaro. For over a decade, Ann Montanaro has been an inspired advocate for pop-up and movable books. As an internationally respected bibliographer, editor, speaker, curator and collector, she has moved comfortably among diverse communities, helping to revitalize interest in these culturally idiomatic books. While her most significant contributions have been in the field of book history, through her acclaimed two volume bibliography, "Pop-up and Movable Books: A Bibliography," and the Movable Book Society, a world-wide organization that she founded in 1993, Montanaro has played an equally noteworthy role in popularizing pop-ups and movables among an international community of book artists, helping to transform what was once derogated as a novelty format into a powerful site for personal expression and meaning making.

In addition to its newsletter, "Movable Stationery" [sic] -- which Montanaro edits -- the Pop Up and Movable Book Society holds a biennial conference, generally regarded as the most influential forum for discussions on pop-up and movable books. People desiring more information about the work of the Movable Book Society can view its website at


Because of the nature of this year's program, early registration for the 12th annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium has been unusually high, and those interested in attending who have not yet registered are encouraged to do so swiftly. For registration, please contact Chris Ingram at 973-353 5223, or cingram@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx For more information about the Symposium itself, please look at our website: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rulib/spcol/bookarts/symp12.htm. For any additional queries, write to me, Michael Joseph, at mjoseph@xxxxxxxxxxxx


Michael Joseph
Rare Book Librarian
Special Collections and University Archives
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Alexander Library
169 College Ave.
New Brunswick
New Jersey

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