- Exhibitions & Events
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The Interdisciplinary Arts Department hosts year-round public programs.
Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 South Wabash Ave, 2nd floor.
MFA Thesis Exhibition | April 26–May 18
Manifest | Friday, May 17, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Marilyn Sward Visiting Artist Lecture: Jeffrey s. Peachey | Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m.
Visiting Artist Lecture: IsabEl Baroana | Thursday, May 30, 6:00 p.m.
Third Annual Typography symposium | June 12–15, 2013
Artist Talk: Mary Hark | Thursday June 20, 6:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Miller&Shellabarger | July 18, 6:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Judith Berliner | July 25, 6:00 p.m.
View works by students graduating in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts and Arts & Media programs.
Join us on the occasion of Manifest, a campus-wide, neighborhood festival and celebration of students’ creative accomplishments. The thesis exhibition will be open for Manifest to showcase the talents of graduating students from the Book & Paper and Interdisciplinary Arts and Media programs. Free and open to the public.
Marilyn Sward Visiting Artist Lecture
Many rare, fine press, and artist books are housed in boxes for their protection and presentation. This talk will survey many styles of housing, from Ethiopian manuscript cases to the modern machine made corrugated clamshell. In the twentieth century, the drop spine box itself has become an element for artistic expression, often reflecting or commenting on its contents. Peachey will discuss a wide variety of innovative—and a few borderline insane—ways to box a book. This lecture is on the occasion of a concurrent community cradle box workshop. Jeffrey S. Peachey is a book conservator and toolmaker. For more than 20 years, he has specialized in the conservation of books and paper artifacts for institutions and individuals as the owner of a New York City-based studio. He is Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation, has served as Chair of the Conservators In Private Practice, and was recently awarded the Sherman Fairchild Conservation Research Fellowship at The Morgan Library and Museum. He is the inventor of the Peachey Board Slotting Machine, which is used in conservation labs around the world. His most recent publication is “Beating, Rolling and Pressing: The Compression of Signatures in Bookbinding Prior to Sewing” in Suave Mechanicals: Essays in the History of Bookbinding, The Legacy Press, 2013.
Journal of Artists' Books Artist in Residence Lecture
Isabel Baraona graduated in Painting and Tridimensional Studies at LA Cambre, Brussels, Belgium, 2002. In 2011 she obtained a Ph.D. in Visual Arts with the research study Self-Portrait and Self-Representation, a Change of Paradigm in the Twentieth Century, in UPValência, Spain. She is a member of Oficina do Cego (2009), a graphic arts non-profit organization located in Lisbon. Baraona has been lecturing at ESAD.CR (Escola Superior de Arte e Design de Caldas da Raínha), Portugal, since 2003. She has exhibited her work since 2001, participating in several solo and group shows in Belgium, Portugal, Norway, and South Korea. More information is here.
CO-ORGANIZED WITH THE SOCIETY FOR TYPOGRAPHIC ARTS
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
Lettering in Chicago: From the Street to the Gallery
Creative Go-Round, 345 North Canal St., Chicago Wednesday, June 12, 7:00–9:00 p.m. | Free
RSVP TO ERIN@sta-chicago.org
Chicago's streets are full of typographic inspiration with layers of new and weathered hand-painted signs. If you're lucky enough, you’ll spot freshly sprayed colorful bubbly lettered graffiti before it's buffed, or a piece of art intended to make you smile or convince you to change your mind. When it all comes together, these forms of typography make our urban landscape always changing and unique.
During this Design Week event we welcome Stephen Reynolds, Miguel Aguilar and Nick Adam and moderator Ryan McGovern of Design Chat to discuss the historic and current techniques of three forms of typography that we see on the streets of Chicago. We'll look at hand-painted signs, Chicago's rich influential graffiti scene, and artists who have used the street as their canvas to share a message instead of a gallery.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14
Exhibition Reception + Artist Talk
Word on the Street: Image, Language, Signage
June 14, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 South Wabash Avenue | FREE
Word on the Street considers the expressive potential of image and language through signage: how do artists use the visual and physical characteristics of signage, along with its often site specific cultural currency, to create realms of poetic or political meaning in public space or the gallery? With a focus on forms of permanent and ephemeral signage this exhibition will consider artists' billboards, marquees, street signs, banners and posters among other forms of infrastructural signage. Artists include Superflex, Laura Kina, Chris Dorland, Mark Dean Veca, Joel Ross, Jason Thomas Pallas, Jaclyn Jacunski, Peter Liversidge, Jeffrey T. Jones, Jonathan Monk, Eric May, Steve Lambert, and Nicolas Lampert.
A Journeyman's Survey of 20th-Century American Sign Painting
June 14, 7:30 p.m.
Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 South Wabash Avenue | Free
John Downer has been a journeyman sign painter since 1973, a freelance typeface designer since 1983, and a crusader for designers’ rights his entire adult life in the lettering game. He has written about type and type history for various publications, and he is widely known as a perceptive type critic. His typefaces have been published by Bitstream, Font Bureau, Emigre, House Industries, and Design.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14–SATURDAY, JUNE 15
WorkshopIntroduction to Sign Painting, with John Downer
Friday, June 14: 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 15: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon and 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 South Wabash Avenue
$75 for students, $150 STA members, $200 for non-members | Limit 20 students
John Downer’s sign painting career began in the late 1960s and was instrumental in steering his path toward type design. In this introductory course, he will teach the two main kinds of letterform construction which have traditionally been done with a brush: single-stroke and built-up. Students will learn the importance of paint consistency and brush control. The class will focus on rendering a few particular styles of capital letters that were commonly used in American sign painting during the 20th century. Script lettering will not be addressed.
Artist TalkMary Hark
Madison-based papermaker and artist Mary Hark will discuss her practice in relation to her community workshop Garden Papers.
Based in Chicago, where they are represented by Western Exhibitions, Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger work collaboratively and independently, producing interdisciplinary works in sculpture, performance, artists' books, prints and installation that investigates the body in relation to gender and sexuality. For their residency, they will produce a suite of hand made papers with watermarks depicting their full bodies in silluets. This work grows out of their ongoing "garlands" which are cut paper silhouettes made from folded paper. Their work has been shown internationally and supported by Artadia, the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.
Artist TalkJudith Berliner
Coming Full Circle: A History in Print
Judith Berliner will chronical her own journey, and some of the do's and don'ts of being in business: Taking jobs that are a good fit with the equipment you have, and the different functions of letterpress.