Art Of The Book Symposium: March 15, 2014

horizon_splashPuget Sound Book Artists, in association with the Northwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and the Book Arts Guild  is pleased to host a one day symposium dedicated to the Art of the Book.

This symposium is being held in conjunction with the Guild of Book Workers Horizon Exhibit which will be on display at Collins Library, University of Puget Sound, from February 3 to March 30, 2014.

Date: March 15, 2014 Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Location: University of Puget Sound ( 9:00 – 1:00), Pacific Lutheran University: (2:00 – 4:00) Registration Fee: $40 for members, $55 for non-members ( continental breakfast and lunch included in registration fee) Registration opens January 16th at 9am.

This event coincides with the exhibit, HORIZON, that is on display in the Collins Memorial Library Feb.3 – Mar.30, 2014. This is part of a two-year national tour and the Guild’s triennial members’ exhibition. Collins Library is the only venue in the Northwest to host the exhibit which features 53 works. The Horizon Exhibition honors the legacy of the book workers’ craft and celebrates some of the finest examples of book arts today. Founded in 1906, the Guild of Book Workers has over 900 members today and is the only national organization dedicated to all of the book arts, including  bookbinding, conservation, printing, papermaking, calligraphy, marbling, and artists’ books. At a time when the masses are considering the materiality of the book and its presence or absence as a  physical object, it is exciting to showcase the many hand crafts of the book form. Whether by contemplating the apparent horizon, personal horizons, or the horizon of the book as a physical  object, the Horizon exhibitors created works that demonstrate conceptual integrity and the strength of a practice in craftsmanship.


9:00 – 10:00: Coffee and continental breakfast in the exhibit space in Collins Memorial Library. Have the opportunity to view the show and meet and greet with fellow attendees.

10:15 – 12:15: Presentations by three of the artists whose work is represented in the exhibit. Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, University of Puget Sound.

* Susan Collard: Susan Collard is an architect and book artist in Portland, Oregon. She has been making one-of-a-kind collaged and constructed artist’s books since 1991. Her work has been featured in many group shows, and is in a number of private and library collections.

* Suzanne Moore: Suzanne Moore is a book artist who fuses eclectic interests in the creation of her work. Working with the Wales-based team, led by Donald Jackson, Suzanne is one of three Americans who created contemporary interpretive illuminations for the Saint John’s Bible, the manuscript commissioned by the Abbey at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and completed in 2011. Suzanne’s work is exhibited widely, and her books have been acquired for private and public collections in the U.S. and Europe

* Monica Holtsclaw: Monica Holtsclaw received a Diploma in bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts, She specializes in hand bookbinding, restoration, and the creation of custom boxes and enclosures.

12:15 – 1:00 : Buffet Lunch. Enjoy conversation along with some Book Arts Trivia.

1:00 – 2:00 Free time to re-visit exhibit space and travel to Pacific Lutheran University. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.

2:15 – 4:00 pm. Tour the Elliott Press at PLU which recently celebrated thirty years and print a special keepsake. Presentations by:

Jessica Spring: Jessica Spring is the Resident Artist and Manager of Elliot Press at PLU and the proprietor of Springtide Press. Jessica has been designing, papermaking and printing for more than twenty years. She has an MFA from Columbia College. Her work is included in numerous collections throughout this country.

Chandler O’Leary: Chandler O’Leary is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and the proprietor of Anagram Press – a small business built on the notion of doing everything the hard way. Specialties include lettering, illustration and printmaking. Chandler is the author/artist of the illustrated travel blog,  Drawn The Road Again, and one half of the collaborative team behind the Dead Feminists series. ( Jessica Spring is the other half)

General Information: Parking/Directions/Lunch

All participants will be sent parking information once registration is confirmed.
Buffet Lunch will have plenty of options for vegetarians.

Directions to Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound:

Directions to Pacific Lutheran University, ( Art Building):

Space is limited. Registration required ($40 members/$55 non-members). Lunch and coffee included in registration fee.   Registration opens January 16th at 9am at

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