Welcome to the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts.

In an age where most people buy mass-produced books at chain stores and an increasing number of people shop for their books online to read on Amazon’s Kindle electronic reading device, one would think the days of holding and opening a hand-bound book are over. Except, of course, for a growing contingent of book artists who create works of art as limited edition, hand-printed books or unique handmade volumes. An art form that reaches back to medieval bookbinding and letterpress tradition and forward to installation art and novel constructions, book arts cover a wide spectrum.

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Scott McCarney
Scott McCarney, renowned New York-based artist and educator, will present a lecture, “The Death of the Book has been Somewhat Exaggerated,” along with a book arts workshop, "Round Robin Books: An Edition in Two Acts."
USM Book Arts Bazaar
The bazaar, slated for next month on the USM Portland campus, includes more than 40 artisan vendors -- book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators and writers -- who will sell handmade goods such as fine press books, artists’ books, broadsides, fine bindings, decorated papers and journals.
A Meditation on Mending
The exhibition aims to bear witness to the events on Al-Mutanabbi Street and to collectively affirm that the right to a free exchange of ideas and culture in public space is never to be taken for granted.

Lecture: The Death of the Book has been Somewhat Exaggerated

Lecture: The Death of the Book has been Somewhat Exaggerated

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, April 25, 2014, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: 
University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library
Contact Name: 
Rebecca Goodale
Contact Phone: 
(207) 228-8014
Contact Email: 
goodale@maine.edu

Scott McCarney

Book Artist Scott McCarney will present a lecture titled The Death of the Book has been Somewhat Exaggerated.

Scott's lecture is part of the programming complementing the current Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here exhibition, on display at the Glickman Library through May 2014.

About Scott McCarney

Scott McCarney is an artist, designer, and educator based in Rochester, New York. He received formal design training at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond VA) in the 1970s, and earned an advanced degree in photography from the University at Buffalo/Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester NY) in the 1980s. His primary art practice has been in book form since 1980 and spans many media, from offset and digital editions to sculpture and site-specific installation. His books combine his academic background in photography and design with a love for the corporeality of craft and philosophic possibilities of sculpture. His works are widely distributed and can be found in the library collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Yale University Arts of the Book collection, among others. His work is shown internationally (Sao Paulo, Brazil; Melbourne, Australia; Budapest, Hungary) as well as close to home (Hallwalls, Buffalo NY; Everson Museum, Syracuse NY; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY). His teaching and lecturing itinerary is varied and eclectic, carrying the banner of artists books to Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Mexico, and South America. He currently teaches in the College of Imaging Arts and Science at Rochester Institute of Technology.

April 25, 2014
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library

Round Robin Books: An Edition in Two Acts

Round Robin Books: An Edition in Two Acts

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: 
Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose room, Portland campus
Contact Name: 
Rebecca Goodale
Contact Phone: 
(207) 228-8014
Contact Email: 
goodale@maine.edu

The Round Robin Books Workshop will be instructed by Scott McCarney.

In sport, a round robin is a tournament in which each contestant is matched in turn against every other contestant. For this workshop, artists will be the contestants matched, in turn, with circulating sheets of paper and given the opportunity to make their mark.

A variety of mark-making techniques are welcomed and encouraged (drawing, collage, frottage, tracing, transfers, stamping, etc.).

As the papers circulate, we will fold them into sections to define the pages and create our own itineraries through the book. The second half of the day will be spent learning a variety of binding options for finishing our books.

Each participant will have a hand in the creation of the edition and end the day with a personalized, one-of-a-kind copy.

Click here for more information and registration

April 26, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose room, Portland campus

Book Arts Bazaar

USM Book Arts Bazaar

Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the fourth annual Book Arts Bazaar.

Summer Book Arts at Stone House

USM Book Arts at Stone House

Registration is open! Click the Learn More link for details!

Lecture and Workshop with Scott McCarney

Scott McCarney Lecture and Workshop

Renowned New York-based artist Scott McCarney will present a lecture on Friday, April 25 and a workshop on Saturday, April 26.

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