August 19–September 30 | open during library hours
New Location | The Periodicals Gallery of the Decatur Library
215 Sycamore St., Decatur, Ga.
Friday, Aug. 26 | 7–9 pm
Artist books take many forms – from handmade and lusciously tactile to linear and informative, abstract and questioning to sculptural and monumental. This juried show celebrates the book with a wildly varied collection of inventive and spectacular work that challenges expectations.
Book Festival Extended Hours
Saturday, Sept. 3 | 9 am–6 pm
Sunday, Sept. 4 | Noon–5 pm
White Glove Nights
Thursday, Sept. 15 and Sept. 29 | 7–9 pm
We’re putting away the “do not touch” signs. Volunteers will provide participants with white gloves allowing firsthand exploration of the books in the exhibition.
Read through the artist statements and see photos of this year’s collection below. Or download a pdf of the catalogue here.
Andrew Glasgow is the retired executive director of the American Craft Council. An Alabama native, he received an art history degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After three years as assistant curator of decorative arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Glasgow joined the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville as the curator of education and four years later became the assistant director of Blue Spiral 1, a gallery that focuses on the arts and crafts of the South. He returned to the Southern Highland Craft Guild as director of programs and collections before being named executive director of The Furniture Society and seven years later was hired as executive director of the American Craft Council, then in New York City. He retired in 2009. The Penland School of Crafts recently created the Andrew Glasgow Writers’ Residency, which provides time for writers, scholars, and curators to work on topics designed to advance the field of crafts. Glasgow also is a board member of the United States Artists, based in Chicago. He writes widely about furniture and ceramics from his base in Asheville, North Carolina.
Julie Leonard is a bookbinder and artist working in Iowa City, Iowa, and is a faculty member at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She teaches book art processes and techniques, including bookbinding, hand papermaking, letterpress printing, and hand printing. Her most recent work utilizes various forms of writing with visual and sculptural elements to create artist books that consider a personal relationship to place, our physical environment, and how we interact with it. Recent exhibits include the Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado; Viterbo University Gallery, La Crosse, Wisconsin; 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Morrissey Gallery, Davenport, Iowa; Word & Image Gallery, Treadwell, New York; and College Book Art Association Members Show, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Her work is held in collections including The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Yale University Library, Ringling School of Art and Design, University of Denver Libraries, and The University of Iowa Libraries. Leonard teaches workshops nationally and abroad, including at University of Georgia Studies Abroad, Cortona, Italy; Paper & Book Intensive; and Penland School of Crafts; Utah Book Arts Program; Arkansas Art Center; and Jessie Ball DuPont Library and Archives at the University of the South.
Cynthia Delaney Lollis is a professor of printmaking and book arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. She earned her MFA from the University of Georgia and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. Many of Lollis’ artist books are collaborations with German artist, Daniela Deeg, under the name ETC Press. Among other publications, their collaborative work claims a chapter in the book, Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists. Lollis’ artwork has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, including a two-person exhibition at Galerie DRUCK & BUCH in Tübingen, Germany. Collectors of her books and prints are museums, national libraries, academic libraries, and private libraries in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Lollis is a resident of Decatur.