BACKSTORY: EXPLORING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE BOOK

2016 CBAA Juried Members' Exhibition

Vanderbilt University 

Space 204

Nashville, Tennessee

January 8—26, 2016


From the catalogue:

College Book Art Association members were asked to submit works that explored the boundaries of the book using a wide interpretation, including artist’s books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, book installations, performance, broadsides or book works that involve digital media. Submitted works should also possess an interesting backstory: a tale of inspiration, a simultaneous narrative, or story behind production. 

Jurors, Susan Lowdermilk and Tate Shaw, selected works using a blind jurying process. They considered an incredible number of submissions—165 in all—and had the unenviable task of selecting only 30 from among some really fine pieces. 

This group of 165 book works is a wonderful representation of contemporary American artist’s books. –Susan Lowdermilk, Professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Lowdermilk has been teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design for twenty years. 

The works we selected all appear to have two things in common: they have a subject beyond just being intricate objects and they attempt to investigate concerns we share publicly by addressing these issues through intimate and personal objects. I was most surprised and impressed by the student books submitted. Several of the students are endeavoring to get beyond one-liners in favor of creating complex works that require being read while also engaging larger socio-political subjects. This gives me some hope for the field and is perhaps evidence that our book educators and programs are working. –Tate Shaw, artist and writer living in Rochester, NY. Shaw is the Director of Visual Studies Workshop and an Assistant Professor in English at the College at Brockport, SUNY.


Please click on the links to see the full catalogue and a list of participants:  

Backstory 2016 CBAA Juried Members Exhibition.pdf

List of Participants


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