Thomas Rose and Wilber H. Schilling

Thomas Rose and Wilber H. Schilling
August 10 – October 21, 2012
MCBA Star Tribune Foundation Gallery

“By its very nature, collaboration is about transformative experience. Ideas are brought forward and expanded upon and generated into something new. My work with Tom Rose has been about the transformation of events, images and text into the dynamic form of the book.” – Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling

“As an artist I am drawn to narratives, narratives that are often about beliefs revealed through materials. This would be collaboration in a form that occurs between the object and its shadow, in the space of imagination. Chip and I work in this space.” – Thomas Rose

Thomas Rose’s work explores architectural fragments and the ambiguities of space and place that represent time in material form — 18th century garden follies, ruins, and old architectural plans, each with their attending fictions and veiled truths. Rose uses fragments of materials and images to construct tactile spaces and fictions to create places that can be experienced.

A professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, Rose’s multimedia work is included in numerous public collections, including the Walker Art Center, Hirschhorn Museum, Getty Institute, Whitney Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Stanford University Library, and Weisman Art Museum among many others. Rose has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation and others, as well as the Fesler-Lampert Chair in the Humanities at the University of Minnesota. (bio by artist and A\Work Gallery)

Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling is the artist, designer, printer, illustrator, bookbinder and publisher at Indulgence Press. He often collaborates with other artists and writers. He began his career as a photographer and photographic illustration plays a key role in his art work.

The mission of Schilling’s Indulgence Press is to integrate form and content through the production of high quality art and craft while exploring and expanding on the history of the book, specializing in letterpress printing, book binding, artists’ books, fine press books and fine art prints.

Schilling earned a BA in history and photography from Clark University (Worchester, MA) and an MFA in printmaking and book arts from The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA). He has taught letterpress printing, bookbinding and photography throughout the United States. His books and art work have been exhibited internationally and can be found in over 100 collections including the New York Public Library, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Getty Center, the British Library, the Whitney and the Library of Congress. Schilling is winner of the 2010 Minnesota Book Artist Award.


This exhibition was part of “In Association: Collaboration in the Book Arts” — four coordinated exhibitions wherein the power and potential of collaborative artmaking was revealed.