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September 17, 2010

Marking Time Exhibit Will Run Thorough Oct. 25 in the Simon Room Gallery

A Book of Hours by Madelyn Garrett

Through Oct. 25, 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, woodcutting, letterpress, and digital output, as well as wooden constructions, hand-held toys, and other sculptural objects.

An opening reception will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 in the Gendebien Room.  At 3 p.m., exhibit curator Karen Hanmer will give a presentation. Hanmer 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.

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