Whitney Hale


College: Libraries

Exhibit Explores 'Hand, Voice, Vision' of Women Book Artists

Published: Jan 21, 2014



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2014) — An exhibition featuring artists' books by 36 artists published over 30 years by Women's Studio Workshop opens today at University of Kentucky's Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center"Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists' Books from Women's Studio Workshop" will be on display through March 16. The exhibition is free and open to the public.


Curated by Kathleen Walkup, "Hands, Voice & Vision" is a comprehensive retrospective featuring some of the most influential contemporary book artists in America, including two Kentucky artists, UK alumna Susan E. King and Deborah Frederick.


The 40 works on display in the exhibit celebrate three facets that characterize the artist's book program at Women's Studio Workshop:  the hand-made mark of the book­ maker, the unique voices and viewpoints of a broad and diverse range of artists, and the visionary nature of artwork that forges new directions in the medium of book arts.


Since 1974, Women's Studio Workshop has provided close to two hundred artists, both emerging and established, with studio facilities and technical expertise to produce limited edition artists' books. Currently the publishing program at the workshop adds five new artists' books each year.


The variety in form and content of the books in the exhibition demonstrates the breadth of the workshop's publications, reflecting an assortment of ideas, topics and methods spanning 30 years of women responding to pressing political and cultural issues, as well as themes of a social or personal nature.


Several events will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit at UK. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Later this month, alumna Susan E. King will return to campus to present the lecture "What Kentucky Taught Me: a Native Daughter's Book Odyssey" on her early interest in printing and storytelling, as well as the influence Kentucky has on her work. King's lecture will begin 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and will be followed by a reception. Both of these events are free and open to the public.


In February, local photographer and book artist Mary Rezny will present two workshops titled "That Fabulous Accordion Fold" from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, and Sunday, Feb. 16. The workshops, which are limited to 15 participants, cost $25 to cover materials. To register, individuals should contact Rezny at mail@msrezny.com or call 859-252- 4647.


The next month, curator Kathleen Walkup will present an exhibition walk-through from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6. A reception will follow this event. The walk-through and reception are free and open to the public.


An accompanying catalogue will be available containing essays by the exhibition curator, librarians, teachers, curators and artists on the topic of artists' books and Women's Studio Workshop's role in the field, as well as interviews with its founders.


Women's Studio Workshop was founded by four women artists — Ann Kalmbach, Tatana Kellner, Anita Wetzel and Barbara Leoff Burge — with a mission to operate and maintain an artists' workspace that encourages the voices and visions of individual women artists, to provide professional opportunities for artists, and to promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement with, awareness of, and support for the visual arts.


The four women founders are still very much involved in the day-to-day operation of the studios. Together with a vibrant new generation of staff, they continue to provide programming in accordance with the original mission: residencies, fellowships, internships and classes have become the basis for professional programs that attract artists from around the world. Public programs include Art-in-Education in collaboration with the Ulster County school districts, and community workshops.


Kathleen Walkup is a professor of book art and director of the Book Arts Program at Mills College, where she teaches courses covering a broad range of subjects, from visible language to women in the Paris avant-garde. Her research interests include the history of women in print culture and conceptual practice in artists' books. Walkup's own ongoing artist's book project is entitled "Library of Discards."


"Hand, Voice & Vision" is available for viewing during Little Library's regular hours 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.


For more information on "Hand, Voice & Vision," contact the Little Library at 859-257-2800 or visit the website: http://libraries.uky.edu/FAlib.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

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