WSU Exhibit Celebrates ‘Book Arts’

PULLMAN, Wash. — Those who think books will eventually be published exclusively online
may have to think again, say those who practice “book arts.” These individuals who make books
by hand, despite forward-moving technology, are part of a juried exhibition due at Washington
State University in October.
The exhibit of 40 artist books, finepress editions and fine bindings opens at the WSU
Libraries’ Manuscript, Archives and Special Collections area in Holland Library Oct. 18.
Several additional programs are planned in concert with the exhibit. The Department of Fine
Arts and the WSU Museum of Art will display three-dimensional materials in the book arts
tradition from the museum’s permanent collection in Galley II from Oct. 19-Nov. 24. The Compton
Union Building Gallery will host a regional exhibition of artists in the Palouse region, depicting
the nature of book arts, Oct. 4-22.
A lecture by Byron Clercx, a University of Idaho faculty member, and reception Oct. 21 in
Holland/New Library’s MASC area is planned for 4 p.m. The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of
Mildred Bissinger, a longtime donor to WSU Libraries.
During the first week of November, Madelyn Garrett, curator of the exhibition and one of the
artists, will conduct a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition at MASC and be available for
consultation on book arts.
Tim Ely, another of the artists and a teacher of book arts from Portland, Ore., will discuss
“The Extra Terrestrial Book” Nov. 4. The 7:30 p.m. program is planned for the Fine Arts Center
Auditorium. A reception will follow.
Ely and Madelyn Garrett, author of “Westward Bound,” will teach a one-credit class Nov.
5-6. “Traces: The Ideas and History of Bookmaking” is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and is focused on an
“explorer’s journal.” Enrollment information is available from fine arts faculty member Fran Ho,
“Westward Bound” was developed by the University of Utah’s Marriott Library Book Arts
Program. The exhibit is supported locally by the Holland/New Library; MASC; the Fine Arts
department; the Museum of Art; the CUB Gallery and the Visual, Performing and Literary Arts