June 2013

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

Lead Me by C. Stewart
Lead Me by C. Stewart

Two exhibits at the Main Library this summer showcase the work of artists, designers, and printmakers who are using traditional craftsmanship to create unique and small edition books.

BookWorks 14

The Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) 14th annual exhibit of traditional and contemporary handmade books is on view in the Atrium of the Main Library from June 11 to August 18. 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.

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.

Drone (iris) by C.S. Chewning
Drone (iris) by C.S. Chewning

Artist Walk-Throughs and Demo

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

  • Sunday, August 11, 2:00 p.m.

There will also be a hands-on bookmaking demonstration on Saturday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m.

The Keith Kuhn Memorial Artists’ Book Exhibit

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 11 through August 18. Many of the books are hand-made, unique objects from well-known international, national, and local artists.

Kinderduden by Alice Balterman
Kinderduden by Alice Balterman

This year’s exhibit is a retrospective of the works of Alice Balterman, a local collage and altered book artist who has contributed to the arts community throughout the years. Balterman’s artful syntheses of her collected objects and images, whether they’re intended to be functional or purely ornamental, are unique embodiments of her memories, her views of life, and her mature craftsmanship. A longtime member and supporter of the CBAS, Balterman hopes her special sense of curiosity and fantasy is conveyed to those who view the retrospective.

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.