Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Renowned New York Artist to Present Book Arts Lecture and Workshop at USM

April 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – After decades of slicing, shredding, manipulating and rebuilding books, Scott McCarney, renowned New York-based artist and educator, next week will present a lecture, “The Death of the Book has been Somewhat Exaggerated,” along with a book arts workshop at the University of Southern Maine (USM) Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts. 

McCarney’s lecture is part of the programming complementing the Chappell center’s current exhibition, “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.” The center’s current display is part of a traveling exhibition of books and broadsides created in response to the March 5, 2007 car bomb that exploded on Al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient street of booksellers, poets and writers, located at the literary and cultural heart of Baghdad, Iraq.

The details of the lecture are:

  • “The Death of the Book has been Somewhat Exaggerated,” 4 p.m., Friday, April 25, University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland campus, 314 Forest Ave., Portland; free and open to the public; click here for more information.

McCarney also will present a workshop titled, “Round Robin Books: An Edition in Two Acts.”

In sport, a round robin is a tournament in which each contestant is matched in turn against every other contestant. In McCarney’s workshop, artists will be the contestants matched in turn with circulating sheets of paper to make a mark, whether it be drawing, collage, frottage, tracing, transfers or stamping.

After collecting the marked papers, McCarney will teach a variety of binding options by which participants can bind the papers into books. Participants will leave the workshop with their own one-of-a-kind edition of the group’s collaborative books.

There is a limit of 16 participants, and registration is required. Required tools for the workshop include a bone folder, paper knife, mark-making tools such as pencils, pens, stamps and collage materials, UHU glue stick, and needles and thread. Paper will be provided.

The details of the workshop are:

  • “Round Robin Books: An Edition in Two Acts,” 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, April 26, Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room, USM Portland Campus, 34 Bedford St., Portland; $125 registration fee; click here to register or call (207) 780-5900.

McCarney is an artist, designer, and educator based in Rochester, NY, where he teaches in the College of Imaging Arts and Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His works are included in library collections of The Museum of Modern Art of New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum of London; and the Yale University Arts of the Book collection.

McCarney’s work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. as well as in Brazil, Australia, and Hungary. 

The mission of the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts is to delight, engage and enlighten book artists and the wider public through outstanding exhibits, lectures and workshops related to book arts.