Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Art Exhibit in Special Collections

A new exhibit is now on display in the Reading Room of Special Collections called Artists' Books. The exhibit features work by students from MTSU’s Department of Art. This exhibition continues the series of juried shows hosted by Special Collections featuring the work of MTSU’s Book Arts students.

Diverse objects and forms, everything from coffee cans to computer disks, make an unexpected appearance and expand the traditional book artists’ repertoire of materials and tools. Each work displayed is a unique item and reflects the learning goals of the classroom. However, these books also convey the individual creative spirit of their makers as they reflect on family, relate personal or humorous stories, and explore the expressive power of their materials.

The show opens February 1st and runs through April 18th.

Also on display in the atrium of the Walker Library is an exhibit called "Tools of the Trade". Paper, boards, thread are just some of the traditional materials book artists use in their work. Today the artists’ repertoire has expanded beyond the usual offerings of the art supply store. Take a look at the exhibit in Special Collections on the 4th floor to see how contemporary book artists employ unconventional materials and techniques to produce some unique books.

Special Collections is located on the 4th floor of the Walker Library on the MTSU campus. Hours are 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.

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