Tuesday, November 22, 2011


The Rosenbach Museum & Library presents
a talk and book signing with illustrator Matt Kish, author of MOBY-DICK IN PICTURES: ONE DRAWING FOR EVERY PAGE

Wednesday, Nov 30th at 6 p.m.
2008-2010 Delancey Place

Free with museum admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students. RSVP strongly recommended. Please call (215) 732-1600, ext. 123, email rsvp@rosenbach.org or visit www.rosenbach.org for additional information.

“In an age of soulless, cookie-cutter computer illustrations, Matt Kish's intense and obsessive drawings, paintings, and montages are a riotous delight. Kish's artwork renews our age-old love of expressive handmade imagery. He humanizes his material in a way that has all but disappeared from the design scene. It's great to see that passion again.” —Paula Scher

Inspired by one of the world’s greatest novels, Matt Kish set out on an epic journey of his own one day in August 2009. More than one hundred and fifty years following the original publication of Moby-Dick, Kish began illustrating Herman Melville’s classic, creating images based on the text selected from every page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback edition.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library holds a number of Melville related objects in the museum’s collection and invites attendees to talk with Kish and explore his personal and artistic voyage through Moby-Dick.

Completely self-taught, Kish refused to set any boundaries for the artwork and employed a deliberately low-tech approach in response to the increasing popularity of born-digital art and literature. He used found pages torn from old, discarded books, as well as a variety of mediums, including ballpoint pen, marker, paint, crayon, ink, and watercolor. By layering images on top of existing words and images, Kish has crafted a visual masterpiece that echoes the layers of meaning in Melville’s narrative. In retrospect, Kish says he feels as foolhardy as Ishmael and as obsessed as Captain Ahab in his quest for the great white whale.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Call for Entries: American Impressions 2012 Juried Printmaking & Book Art Exhibition

The annual juried printmaking exhibition American Impressions will be held in the University Galleries at William Paterson University from January-March 2012. Below you will find information about the exhibition and submission guidelines. Please share this invitation with artists who might like to submit work.

Online prospectus: click here.

For questions contact:
Emily Johnsen, Program Assistant
University Galleries
William Paterson University
Wayne, NJ 07470



All Traditional and Digital Print Media

Exhibition Dates
January 30 ­ March 9, 2012

Submissions Deadline
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Organized by the University Galleries at William Paterson University, American Impressions is an annual juried printmaking exhibition featuring traditional and digital print media and book art. Select works will receive Purchase Awards and become part of the University¹s permanent collection. One artist will be selected to have a solo exhibition at the University

The exhibition is open to all artists residing in the United States. Prints must have been completed within the past two years and may not exceed 60 inches. Work previously shown at the William Paterson University Galleries will not be accepted.

All accepted work requires proper framing and should be ready to be hung (except for book art which will be displayed in vitrines on pedestals). The Juror reserves the right to reject any work found to be unacceptable upon arrival.

Sales are encouraged. A 20% commission will be taken by the University. Prints and books selected for Purchase Awards will become part of the University¹s Permanent Print & Book Collection.

All work shown at the gallery will be insured for the duration of the exhibition. The gallery cannot insure works in transit.

The cost of shipping works to and from the gallery is the responsibility of the artist. Please do not send artwork in packing peanuts.


1. To submit your artwork, please visit:

2. Register an account with SlideRoom. Click on ³Start a New Submission.²

3. Fill out the Application Form.

4. Upload your Artist Bio/CV and Artist Statement in the Documents

5. Upload up to 3 images (one image per artwork; 4 x 6 inches at 300 dpi). Be sure to list the Title, Date, Medium and Dimensions in the specified areas.

6. Pay the entry fee of $25 when prompted to receive submission confirmation.

(Entry fees go toward the purchase of artwork from the American Impressions exhibition for the William Paterson University permanent art collection.)


Submissions Deadline
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Receipt of Work Deadline
Monday, January 16, 2012

Reception Date
Sunday, February 5, 3:00 ­ 5:00 p.m.


Elizabeth F. Spungen, Executive Director of The Print Center in
Philadelphia, PA.

Liz Spungen has been the Executive Director of The Print Center in
Philadelphia since 2006. She received both a BA and MA in the History of Art
from the University of Pennsylvania and has spent her entire career working
with the visual arts in Philadelphia.

During her tenure at The Print Center, her curatorial efforts have included
Black Pulse: Doug + Mike Starn (2007); Nakazora: space between sky and
earth: Masao Yamamoto (2008); and the upcoming Silver Mine, a retrospective
exhibition of the work of photographer Robert Asman.

Spungen has been on the curatorial staff at the Institute of Contemporary
Art, The Fabric Workshop and Museum and Bryn Mawr College, and was President
of the Chester Springs Studio and the Arcadia University Art Gallery. From
2002 ­ 2006 she headed Liz F. Spungen Fine Art, specializing in works on
paper from the greater Philadelphia region.


Since 2001, this national juried exhibition has celebrated the print and the
printmaker. Elizabeth F. Spungen, Executive Director of The Print Center
(Philadelphia, PA) is the juror for the 2012 printmaking competition. Past
jurors have included: Anne Coffin (Founder and Director, International Print
Center of New York); Willie Cole (Artist/Printmaker); Ofelia Garcia (former
Dean of the College of Arts and Communications, William Paterson
University); John W. Ittman (Curator of Prints, Philadelphia Museum); David
Kiehl (Curator of Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art); and Dr. Marilyn
S. Kushner (Curator of Prints and Drawings, Brooklyn Museum); among others.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Conservation Basics Workshop - Deadline This Friday!

Saturday, December 10, 2011
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The National Archives at Philadelphia
Entrance on Chestnut Street between 9th and 10th Streets
Instructor: Erin Paulson

Registration deadline: November 18, 2011
Click here for application form.

$75/Members, $95/Non-Members, $15 Materials fee
(Materials fee is paid to the Teaching Artist on the day of the workshop.)

This course will be an introduction to the vast world of book and paper conservation. Basic conservation tools and techniques will be covered, as well as archival materials and simple ways to protect items for the future. We will also address simple repairs for papers and books. Students are encouraged to bring in their own old or damaged books or paper items in need of protection and repair, for practice or for consultation. Your projects should be those on which you are willing to practice. All interested parties are welcome; no prior experience necessary!

Erin Paulson is a book artist and conservator living in Philadelphia. She received her BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in May 2007, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts.
Since 2007 Erin spent two years working at Loveleaf Press, a custom bookbindery in Chicago, doing bookbinding and letterpress. She has studied books and fiber arts at the American Academy of Bookbinding, the Penland School of Crafts, and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and book conservation under Barb Korbel at the Newberry Library and Christine Fabian at the Art Institute of Chicago's Ryerson and Burnham Library.

Book Paper Scissors This Saturday!

SATURDAY, November 19, 2011
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
at the Parkway Central Library
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street

Free and open to the public!

This festive book fair features prints, artists' books, handmade paper, zines, origami, blank books, paper sculpture, and jewelry, all made by local artists. If it's paper-based art, it's here!

Free book-making workshops for all ages will also be offered at the Library the day of the fair. Space is limited - please email events@philadelphiacenterforthebook.org to reserve your spot for a workshop. Walk-ins are welcome for the Kids & Families Pop-ups workshop.

For Adults and Teens:
Hidden Books
11 am-Noon, Room 108
Within every sheet of paper is a hidden book lying in wait. We will discover how to make several of these single sheet structures. You'll leave with samples and the know-how to embed your own content into these functional, quick books!

For Kids and Families:
2-3 pm, Room 108
Making pop-ups is easy - just cut, fold, and pop! We will explore paper engineering techniques to make cards that jump off the page! Students will learn the basics, including v-fold, layers, and simple tabs, to make your own personalized pop-up creations. Animate holiday cards, build abstract kinetic cards, and more. This workshop is for all ages and levels of experience.