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The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of artistic practices related to the book as an art object.


Exhibitions On View

Clarrisa Sligh: Witnessing Through Artist’s Books

October 3, 6:30 pm – December 14, 5:00 pm

Clarissa Sligh is a visual artist, lecturer, and essayist. Her photo-text images, artists’ books and installations have been exhibited in museums and Book Arts Centers across the United States.  For over 30 years, Sligh has woven together the cultural, historical, personal and political to explore concepts of memory and transmutation, and perceptions of boundaries and identity: themes that have roots in her own experiences. She is known for her photographic series, artists’ books and text-based installations to explore constructions of…

Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today

October 3, 6:30 pm – December 14, 5:00 pm

Curated by Deirdre Lawrence 2019 is the 200th birthday year of Walt Whitman (1819-1892), who is known today as one of the most influential poets of the nineteenth century. In addition to his work as a poet, Whitman is also remembered as a book designer and printer, essayist and journalist. Calling himself “the Bard of Democracy”, Whitman broke the mold in his prolific writings calling for equality, inclusivity and a more humanist…

The Traveling Artist: Journals by Lydia Rubio

October 4, 6:30 pm – December 14, 5:00 pm

This exhibition features artistic documentation of artist Lydia Rubio’s travel narratives across linguistic and geographic landscapes. The works record the artist’s experiences across a variation of calligraphic, drawing and poetic compositions. This exhibition includes multiple series of work including The Genius Loci Book, The Journal of a Trip to the Island, and Travel Journals. Travel Journals are a result of an early appreciation for words and calligraphy. In the 1980’s, her practice began to incorporate her fascination with to poets,…


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