MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Mentorship Series I
October 13, 2007 – January 5, 2008
MCBA Star Tribune Foundation Gallery

A poet. A muralist. A photographer. An installation artist. A sculptor. A fiber artist. Six emerging artists, six unexpected explorations into a new and limitless artistic discipline. Minnesota Center for Book Arts is proud to present Book: Unlearned, an exhibition of new work by artists selected for the inaugural series of MCBA Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorships.

Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has provided major support for MCBA’s artistic programs designed to support emerging artists in the creation of new work. In July 2006, MCBA and the Jerome Foundation announced the first in a new series of Book Arts Mentorships, targeted at artists working in various other media to expose them to the book arts. After a statewide call for applications, MCBA selected six proposals by artists whose primary form of creative expression was not book arts:

Featured artists:

Photographer Julia E. Babb: A large-format photography and poetry installation utilizing the ceiling of the MCBA exhibition space, constructed in the manner of Japanese hanging scrolls.

Mural and mixed media artist Bethany Kalk: An exploration of growth-vs.-decay and calm-vs.-chaos using imagery derived from the architectural and found surroundings of MCBA’s location, in both book format and DVD animation.

Drawing and installation artist Cherith Lundin: A two-volume bound work documenting the artist’s large-scale site-specific installation artworks, to be produced in two different editions.

Sculptor and mixed media artist Cecilia Ramón: A contemporary take on traditional wooden books of various cultures, palm leaf books and Mayan codices, designed using visual and lyrical interpretations of Argentine and Uruguayan tango.

Fiber artist Kathleen Richert: A series of “little black books,” serving to exorcise the demons of past relationships and to express the universal machinations of the heart.

Poet Molly Van Avery: A rich exploration, both literal and metaphorical, of boxes – why we create them, what they hide, and what happens when we open them.

Visit MCBA on Flickr to view the full album.

For more information about the MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Mentorship Series visit our Mentorship page.