June 2012

What’s New · Artists’ Book Exhibits at the Main Library

When Ideas Cause a Book to Swell by Carol Freid
When Ideas Cause a Book to Swell by Carol Freid

In today’s world of ebooks and text messaging, there are still artists, designers, and printmakers using traditional craftsmanship to create unique and small edition books. Two exhibits at the Main Library this summer showcase their work.

BookWorks 13

The Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) 13th annual exhibit of traditional and contemporary handmade books is on view in the Atrium of the Main Library from June 12 to September 2. This year’s exhibit showcases a selection of handmade books that demonstrate a variety of techniques and approaches used in traditional and contemporary bookmaking. The artist’s contributions range from traditional bindings to conceptually playful books that incorporate mixed media to books composed of found objects or crafted from handmade paper.

Fragments of Capri by Karen Hanmer
Fragments of Capri by Karen Hanmer

Composed of professional and amateur books artists, as well as archivists and conservators, CBAS is dedicated to the study of the book arts. The Society provides seminars, classes, and exhibits for the study and appreciation of the book as a unique form of visual expression.

To learn more about the pieces in the exhibit and the artists who created them, please join Cincinnati Books Arts Society artists for special guided tours on:

  • June 24, 2:00 p.m.
  • August 26, 2:00 p.m.

The Keith Kuhn Memorial Artists’ Book Exhibit

Jacobs Ladder by April Foster
Jacobs Ladder by April Foster

In conjunction with the Cincinnati Book Arts Society’s Bookworks exhibit, the Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit, which showcases artists' books from the Library's permanent collection, will be on view in the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Main Library from June 12 through August 12. Many of the books are hand-made, unique objects from well-known international, national, and local artists.

The show is organized annually in the memory of former Library Services Director Keith Kuhn, under whose direction the collection grew to be widely admired by art and book lovers from all over the region.