This guide will support MICA students and faculty participating in Book Arts Baltimore activities during 2015-2017.
If you have questions, please feel free to visit or contact the Decker Library for assistance.
Image information: "The Epitaph on Uncle Nick Grindstaff's Grave On the Iron Mountain Above Shady Valley, Tennessee. From Six Rusticated, Wall-Eyed Poems by Jonathan Williams with graphic realizations by Dana Atchley (1969). PS3573 .I55 S5 Cage Folio.
Pinkard Gallery, MICA
January 20 - March 12, 2017
Opening reception January 27, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
In Spring 2016, Decker Library invited students from MICA's Book Arts courses to create an artist book based on materials from the library's collections. The exhibition Fertile Ground: Artists Respond to a Collective Geography results from that collaboration.
The students were challenged to select and respond to something from the library collections, to create a book art project that made sense in terms of their artistic practice and the requirements of the particular course in which they were enrolled, and to compose an artist statement about their work. All had the opportunity to have their work curated into this exhibition in MICA's Pinkard Gallery with visiting curator Cynthia Nourse Thompson '92 from the University of the Arts.
Faculty partners and their courses were Isabel Lederman (Artists' Books: Visual Poetry and Artists' Publications), Gail Deery (History of Paper Structure), and Stephanie Garmey (Mixed Media Book).
Fertile Ground: Artists Respond to a Collective Geography is partially funded by the Gladys Brooks Foundation, and is presented in conjunction with Book Arts Baltimore. Book Arts Baltimore is an informal partnership among several Baltimore-area institutions supporting a common goal: celebrating artists' books and book arts through exhibitions, courses, and programs offered in 2015-2017.
Katie Schweitzer '18
Objet Trouvé and library source The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones (1868)
Photography by Arthur Soontornsaratool
The Book Arts Catalog at Decker Library can be browsed or searched on Digital Decker.
Monday - Thursday
– 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
– 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
– 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.