Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Exhibits at The University of the Arts

Both or the Same: New work by Book Arts and Printmaking MFA II students at the University of the Arts
Dan Corrigan
Turner Hilliker
Becky Davies
Laura Beyer
Yuka Petz
Jody Arthur
Jamie Lynn Schilling
Sean Dyroff

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 29 · 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Hamilton/Arronson Galleries
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA


October 29 – November 6, 2010
Reception with the artists – Monday, November 1, 6 – 9pm

Gallery 224 and the Printmaking Gallery
Anderson Hall

The University of the Arts
333 S. Broad Street

The Spanish artist collective Portales del Arte will be exhibiting prints, paintings, drawings, and sculpture in two galleries at the University of the Arts October 29 – November 6, 2010.

Portales del Arte is comprised of ten artists working in several mediums. With this, their first exhibition as a group in the United States, it’s fitting that their exhibition MediterrĂ¡neo praises and embraces the conceptual and expressive meeting points shared by artists and writers of various cultures working in many different mediums.

MediterrĂ¡neo is part of a travel/exhibition exchange between the Spanish collective Portales del Arte based in Lorca and the Printmaking/Book Arts community from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in the United States. Within the time period of the exhibitions the artists will travel to each other’s region to partake in a cultural exchange. Portales del Arte will be visiting Philadelphia October 30 – November 6 and they will be present for the reception at The University of the Arts on the evening of Monday, November 1.

Talk by Julia Miller at The Library Company of Philadelphia

Early Book Structures and the Nag Hammadi Codices

Friday, October 29

Reception at 5:30 P.M.
Program at 6:00 P.M.

Julia Miller, former senior conservator on the staff of the University of Michigan conservation lab, will discuss the Nag Hammadi Codices. Ms. Miller will focus on the 1945 find along with related discoveries in terms of bookbinding history and materials.

Click here to RSVP to this event or call 215-546-3181.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Walking Sculpture with Michelangelo Pistoletto

The Philadelphia Center for the Book is a proud Community Partner with the Philadelphia Museum of Art for their exhibit Michelangelo Pistoletto: Cittadellarte (November 2, 2010 - January 16, 2011)

PCB is one part of many events that will be happening. To launch, Spiral Q Puppet Theater and students from the Curtis Institute of Music will take part in the following upcoming event:

Walking Sculpture with Michelangelo Pistoletto
Saturday, October 30, 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Join the procession as Michelangelo Pistoletto rolls a giant ball of newspapers made by Spiral Q Puppet Theater through Philadelphia, beginning at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s West Entrance—rain or shine! The artist will recreate his seminal action Walking Sculpture, first performed in 1967 on the streets of Turin. For more information, visit

Philadelphia Center for the Book will join with the PMA for the following:

"Can a Book Transform the World? Can a Book Transform a Life?”
Sustainable Bookmaking Workshops
Sunday, December 12, 2010 or Sunday, January 9, 2011
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. or 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Four half-day workshops are offered.
Register for one only.(Registration is through the PMA-for more information click here)
Instructors: Book artists from the Philadelphia Center for the Book
Location: Education Studios I and II
Paid reservations required
$40 ($32 members); includes Museum admission
Enrollment limited to 20 participants for each half-day workshop.

Learn to make handmade books using your own recycled material. Bring packaging of all kinds, leaflets, rubber stamps, and so on, and an inspiration, wish, or thought on how to transform the world (or even one life) to hand-letter as the text within. At the end of the workshop, we’ll visit the exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto: Cittadellarte for a conversation about art and social transformation, using our handmade books as inspiration.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Marking Time at Lafayette College Library

Marking Time
Lafayette College, Easton, PA
September 5-October 25, 2010
710 Sullivan Road
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042-1797

Skillman Library’s Simon Room Gallery is hosting a traveling exhibition of the Guild of Book Workers, a national organization for book artists founded in 1906. The juried exhibit, "Marking Time," highlights the diverse talents of Guild members, who include bookbinders, conservators, and calligraphers.

The show includes nearly 50 works interpreting the theme of time, ranging from contemporary books of hours to considerations of the end of time. Leather bindings stand alongside contemporary bindings that have been dyed, collaged, or integrate photography. Text and imagery incorporate calligraphy, painting, woodcut, letterpress, and digital output as well as wooden constructions, hand-held toys, and other sculptural objects.

Exhibit curator is Karen Hanmer, who is a Chicago book and installation artist, whose work is included in the collections of the Tate Britain, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Library of Congress, Graceland, and a number of college and university libraries, including Lafayette.

For more information click here.

Two Weeks Left to See Space & Sequence!

To see more images from the opening reception click here.

Space & Sequence
September 14 to October 31, 2010

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia Center for the Book cleverly chose the title "Space and Sequence" because, like book art itself, those words have more than one meaning and represent a host of ideas....The selections included in the show reflect a variety of ways to interpret the topic.--Jae Jennifer Rossman

This PCB Members Exhibition features more than twenty cases containing innovative artist's books and prints by the following artists:

Alice Austin
Pat Badt
e Bond
Nicole Eiland/Sarah Pohlman
Donna Globus
Lara Henderson
Lesley Mitchell
Fran Ng
Nancy Nitzberg
Maddy Rosenberg
Miriam Schaer
Mary Tasillo
Susan Viguers
Thomas Parker Williams

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Material Translations

Material Translations:
Artists' Books from 1970 to Now
Exhibition dates: October 7 - November 24, 2010

Curated by Michael Joseph

Exhibiting artists: Rick Black, Asha Ganpat, Sue Gosin, Karen Guancione, Margaret K. Johnson, Hedi Kyle, Lore Lindenfeld, Chuck Miley, Lois Morrison, Rocco Scary, Mirian Schaer, Buzz Spector, Sarah K. Stengle, Amanda Thackray, Ulla Warchol, Debra Weier, Marcia S. Wilson

Artists' Panel Discussions
October 7, 4:00 - 5:30 pm (Opening Reception follows)
October 21, 7 - 8:30 pm

Arts Council of Princeton
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542

For more information:
Tel: (609) 924-8777

photo above: Guide de la Correspondance Amoureuse by Karen Guancione

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pop-Up Workshops with Paul Johnson

There are still a few spaces available in both workshops! Deadline to apply is this Sunday.

The Enchanted Garden
Saturday, October 16, 2010 / 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Magic Tree House
Sunday, October 17, 2010 / 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Adrienne Theater Building
2030 Sansom Street, 3rd Floor

Fee: $120/one day; $200/two days ($100/$160 for members of Philadelphia Center for the Book)

Deadline to register: October 10, 2010

Enrollment is limited. To register click here to download the application form and send with your check to: Philadelphia Center for the Book, P.O Box 387, Philadelphia, PA 19105. For more information email:

Paul Johnson creates amazing books from single sheets of paper that are architectural in structure with nothing added, nothing taken away, and no glue. He uses paper weaving techniques and interlocking, dove tail joints to make books that are like taking a reality tour through a building complex – a kind of paper Le Corbusier.

Paul Johnson is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts and as a book artist. He ran the Book Art Project from Manchester Metropolitan University and is the author of over fifteen titles including A Book of One's Own and Literacy Through the Book Arts. His work is in most of the major USA collections including the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

How Ink Is Made

The craftsmanship of making ink. This video is beautifully entertaining for you ink lovers.