Central New York Book Arts is an exhibition that features
book works created by regional book artists, including students at Wells
College in Aurora, N.Y., and Printmaking
552 in the School of Art and Design, College of Visual and Performing
Arts, here at Syracuse University.
The first Central
New York Book Arts: Traditional to Innovative exhibit was held in
the fall of 2001 at the Schweinfurth
Memorial Art Center in Auburn, N.Y., and featured 31 works by 25 artists.
As in 2001, a regional call-for-entries was sent out, attracting 13 entries
by 10 artists. In addition, the 12 students of Peter Verheyen's "Book
Arts" class in the Printmaking Department of Syracuse University's
School of Art and Design were included in the exhibit. These students
also juried the exhibition, giving them a first-hand look at the range
of work being produced by regional book artists and a further opportunity
to discuss the various facets of one-of-a-kind artist's book, editioned
fine press work, bookbinding, and student work.
The 22 works in the exhibition illustrate a wide range
of book structures, including sewn books, accordions, and sculptural works
using such materials as clay, cloth, paper, leather, and parchment. Techniques
used for text and imagery include letterpress printing, woodcuts, silk-screen,
laser/inkjet, calligraphic, and combinations of these techniques. In the
case of the 12 students from Verheyen's class, these works also represent
their final projects for the class, but hopefully not their explorations
of the book as medium and object. These final works for class will be
added to the holdings of the Special Collections Research Center after
the close of the exhibition and will be available for study into the future.
Earlier works by Verheyen's class were shown in Central New York Book Arts, an exhibit that remains available
online on the Library's Website.
Past book arts exhibitions featuring works by Syracuse
University students are also available online, and include:
Peter Verheyen, Instructor and Exhibition Curator