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Book Arts Baltimore @ MICA: Book Arts & Decker Library collaboration

Book Arts Baltimore (BAB) is an informal partnership among Baltimore institutions for the celebration of artists’ books and book arts, through exhibitions, courses, and programs offered in 2015–2017.

About this Guide

Tapestry imageWelcome!

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.

Subject Guide

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Kathy Cowan
I am the librarian for this subject, and can consult with you about your research or to request materials for our collection. We can meet in the Library or in your studio area!
tel: 410-225-2714

MICA Book Arts & Decker Library collaboration, Spring 2016

MICA and the Decker Library are participating in a local initiative around Book Arts for the years 2015-2017, known as Book Arts Baltimore.

In Spring semester 2016, Decker Library invited MICA book arts classes to a collaboration for students to create an artist book based upon an item from the Decker Library's special collections. Each student partners with a library staff member for access to the collections based on the students' interests and any aspects of the project as a class assignment. The Library's Digital Initiatives Unit is able to make images for the students to reference in the creation of their project.

In January 2017, there will be an exhibition of the student projects along with the Library item on which they are based, and including an artist statement about how the piece was developed.

One model for this project is an exhibit at Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen House in 2001-2002: Kings, Hummingbirds & Monsters: Artist's Books at Evergreen. Artists from the region were invited to visit the Garrett Library and select an item upon which to base an artist book. The catalog of this exhibit is currently on reserve at the Circulation Desk, under "Book Arts Baltimore."

The links below offer a visual introduction to the current project, including a sample of images from the Evergreen exhibit and potential sources from the Decker Library collection AND a sampling of the artist statements from the Evergreen exhibit (both are PDF files, requiring log in for access off-campus).

Many collections items have been presented on the Decker Library Tumblr.

The Artists Book collection at Decker Library can be browsed or searched on Digital Decker.

Students in participating book arts courses, Spring 2016:
Please complete this form to initiate your project. This will facilitate tracking the progress of our collaboration, and will be editable by the student, faculty, and librarian.

Email Kathy Cowan or Kelly Swickard with any questions.

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