BookWorks 2014 – 15th Pacific Center for the Book Arts Member Show

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April 10, 2014

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BookWorks 2014

15th Pacific Center for the Book Arts Member Show

Exhibition Opens June 21 at San Francisco Main Library

In celebration of the extraordinary books designed, printed and assembled by book artists across the country, the Pacific Center for the Book Arts (PCBA) presents the 15th Triennial PCBA Members Show: BookWorks 2014. BookWorks will be on view in the Skylight Gallery of the Main Library, June 21 – Sept. 6

PCBA logo calligraphy by Georgianna Greenwood, circa 1978

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This exhibition includes works by bookbinders, calligraphers, collagists, conservators, illustrators, inkers, letterers, librarians, papermakers, photographers, printers, sign painters, stone carvers, type designers, typographers, wine makers, writers, and zinesters, in the form of broadsides, ephemera, collage and, of course, books.

Highlights of this exhibition include: Oxen.Plough.Bicycle. Photographs & Fragments from a Tuscan diary, 1956-1958, a portfolio of nine gelatin silver prints with broadside, letterpress with hand-set type, by Jack Werner Stauffacher, recipient of the American Institute for Graphic Arts’ AIGA Metal, the highest honor of the design profession; Navigate, Webster’s New World Dictionary and transparent tape, by Judith Selby Lang, co-owner of Electric Works Fine Art Press and Bookstore; and Quickstead, a letterpress book with hand-set type, by Emily McVarish, director of California College of Art’s design graduate program and associate professor of graphic design and writing.

Featured in this exhibition are works by PBCA members from across the country. “Since 1983, I’ve been in most PCBA exhibitions; I am always astonished at the quality and freshness of the work from our members. After some 40 years of designing and making books, I am thrilled by the incredible response of our book arts community,” said Kathleen Burch, PCBA Members Show Chairperson and Co-Founder of San Francisco Center for the Book. “When people come to view the show, they’ll see everything from A to Z – bicycles and recycling, as well as dictionaries from the inside out.”

The Pacific Center for the Book Arts was formed in 1978 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area book artists, workers, and teachers to help support the new directions of their various disciplines, and to provide a vehicle and a focus for education, experimentation and communication in and among their fields. Information about PCBA can be found at www.pacificcenterforthebookarts.org.

The Members Show – open to all PCBA members – has been the anchor of the organization since the early eighties. The San Francisco Public Library has been the customary host.

This public exhibition is sponsored by the Book Arts & Special Collections Center of the San Francisco Public Library. All events at the Library are free.

EVENT: 15th PCBA Triennial Members Show: BookWorks 2014

LOCATION: Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor, San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Civic Center

DATES: June 21 – Sept. 6, 2014

VIEWING TIMES: for viewing hours visit www.sfpl.org

OPENING RECEPTION: June 21, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

INFORMATION: www.sfpl.org and www.pacificcenterforthebookarts.org

 

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