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Jan. 2, 2009

UI Center for the Book presents book art exhibits Jan. 8-10

The University of Iowa Center for the Book is presenting six book art exhibits on and near campus Jan. 8-10 that will showcase examples of papermaking, printing and binding techniques, calligraphy, leather tooling and embossments.

The exhibits are presented in conjunction with the inaugural College Book Art Association (CBAA) conference, "Art, Fact, and Artifact: the Book in Time and Place," which will draw more than 200 book artists to the UI. Co-sponsors are the Graduate College, the English Department, the School of Art and Art History, UI Libraries, and the School of Library and Information Sciences.

The Center for the Book is an art and research unit within the UI Graduate College dedicated to the practice of art book production and the study of books in society. The center administers a certificate program for graduate students.

The CBAA conference is restricted to members of the non-profit organization, which promotes the teaching of book art at the collegiate level, but the exhibits listed below are free and open to the public.

Two exhibits will kick off this weekend and remain up for a month:

--"CBAA Members Show," Iowa Artisans Gallery, 207 E. Washington St., Iowa City, noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. The exhibit features work by members of CBAA and winners and finalists of the CBAA student award competition. For gallery hours, visit

--"The Book in Time and Place," Old Capitol Museum, UI Pentacrest, noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. This exhibit draws from the UI Libraries Special Collections, which has extensive holdings of artist books dating back to the early 1960s. The books address historical narrative, memoir, time and representations of place. For museum hours, visit

Several other exhibits will be on display just for the weekend:

--"Printing on the Prairie: Iowa Literary Fine Presses," UI Libraries Special Collections Reading Room, Third Floor, UI Main Library, noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, and 8:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. Exhibit features letterpress by a variety of the state's private presses along with work by UI printers and their most talented students.

--"Historical Bookbinding Models and Exemplars," UI Libraries Conservation Lab, First Floor, UI Main Library, noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. Selections from the lab's models of historical bookbinding types will be displayed. UI Conservator Gary Frost will discuss the instructional uses of this collection.

--"Offset Printed Artist Books," UI Libraries Conference Room, Second Floor, UI Main Library, noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. A selection of offset-printed artist books from the collection of UI Art and Art History Professor Jim Snitzer. Work from Chicago Books, Visual Studies Workshop, Nexus Press, and self-published works will be on display. Snitzer will speak about specific works and the significance of offset production in artist book work.

--"BookEnviron: Iowa City by Meda and Veda Rives," Arts Iowa City, Lower Level, Savings & Loan Building, 103 E. College St., noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8; noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9; noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. A unique installation of large-scale artists' books by Meda and Veda Rives, "BookEnviron" creates an immersion experience for the viewer who enters and explores the space created and shaped by the book.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Matt Brown, UI Center for the Book, 319-335-0454; Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070 (office), 319-430-6576 (cell),