Catherine (Kiki) Glah, “Adopted”
Work in progress by Charlotte Hyde.
Work in progress by Charlotte Hyde.
Charlotte Hyde, “Barbie”
Work in progress by Charlotte Hyde.
Sarah Sanchez, “Boxes”
Work in progress by Sarah Sanchez.
Work in progress by Sarah Sanchez.
Work in progress by Sarah Sanchez.
Work in progress by Anisha Kaul.
Work in progress by Anisha Kaul.
Anisha Kaul, “Delhi Braveheart”
Work in progress by Emma Stolarski.
Work in progress by Emma Stolarski.
Work in progress by Emma Stolarski.
Emma Stolarski, “TCK”

Race and Identity in Artist's Books
Scripps College
Professor Tia Blassingame

During the Spring 2017 semester, students in this seminar course studied artists’ books, prints, and zines focused on issues of race and identity. Students experienced the physical handling of relevant hand-printed and hand-bound works, and interviewed book arts curators, collectors, booksellers, and participating artists working in the book form about the role of race and identity in the book arts field and their own practice or work. Interviewees included: Islam Aly, Andre Bradley, Irene Chan, Mark Dimunation, Nabil Gonzalez, Sakura Kelley, Allison Milham, Katherine Ng, Monica Oppen, Jessica Peterson, Alison Saar, Judy Sahak, Jaime Lynn Shafer, Clarissa Sligh, Bill and Vicky Stewart, and Tona Wilson

These conversations on race and identity culminated in a student-curated exhibit held in April 2017 at the Denison Library at Scripps, as well as a final print project where students designed, typeset, and letterpress printed broadsides detailing various issues related to identity and race. The Together print portfolio contains fourteen prints and was printed in an edition of twenty five under the Scripps College Press imprint. Together was recently acquired by Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem, Chapman University, Lafayette College, Claremont University Consortium, Mills College, and University of Texas at San Antonio. 

To view the prints and learn more, visit http://booksofcolor.omeka.net/.

Be sure to check out the student interviews for an in-depth response to the experience.

Catherine (Kiki) Glah
Eden Rose Niles
Grace Reckers

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