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Upcoming Events

Book Arts Exhibit at The Commons

The Columbus Museum of Art and Design Presents an exhibit of Book Art from the students of the Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI in Indianapolis.

There will be a reception for the artists on Tuesday, June 24, at 6:00 PM in Xenia Miller Room on the second floor of The Commons.

The exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing in the cases on the second floor of The Commons, 300 Washington Street, Columbus, Indiana, from May 28th through June 30 th, whenever the Commons is not reserved for private events. The public is invited to meet the artists to learn more about their work at a reception in their honor on Tuesday, June 24th from 6 to 7:30 pm at the upper level of the Commons.


Book Arts at Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI
Selected work from the 2013/14 School Year


In this digital age the book is no longer the sole location for information. Artists have recognized this shift and begun to claim the book as an expressive format–much like sculpture, painting or photography. The luxury of the book format is that it can accommodate many expressive formats at once: the flat image (2D), the physical/sculptural structure of the binding (3D), and its sequential presentation of narrative in time (4D). Artists’ books have the unique ability to cultivate intimate relationships with viewers and readers through the development of content over time, the power of pacing, manipulation of rhythm, melding of sequence with structure and the significance of physical engagement.


In straddling four dimensions the book is able to accommodate many expressive directions simultaneously: drawing, printmaking, letterpress, photography, digital output, sculpture while also being centered on it's own age-old tradition of book binding, printing and illuminating. At Herron our emphasis is on combining solid craftsmanship skills with an understanding of the expressive potential of the book as medium. Students are encouraged to push the definition of the book and engage with the melding of narrative and structure, narrative and functionality.


Typically, students in the book arts at Herron come from many aesthetic sensibilities: printmaking, painting, illustration, photography, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, installation, even time arts, performance and sometimes from departments other than art such as History or English. The work in this display represents work from a wide span of levels, from sophomore to intermediate to graduate work. It was generated in the context of five courses: a beginners Survey Course in Book Arts, Bookbinding, The Printed Book, a conceptual course and advanced independent projects. Many students are working on a Minor in Book Arts that is offered through the Printmaking Department at Herron. The course requirements for the minor include skill building in Papermaking and Letterpress. The work in this display will represent a wide spectrum of expressive formats applicable to the artist book.

Artists exhibited: Alyssa Breeden, Stephanie Beisel, Becky Bewley,Stephanie, Bunch, Anna Clinch, Melissa Davis, Lani Deem, Rebecca Dodge, Rachel Foreman, Megan Forebeck, Ariel Hendrickson, Brittany House, Stephanie Hunter, Carolyn Kupchik, Teresa Mc Guire, Mary McClung, Kayla Moore,Mia Prince, Abigail Pratt, Brittney Pfeifer, Shea Rodriguez, Kayce Swafford, Claire Sweizer, Ashley Simmons, Dana Smessaert, Korean Stevens, Kendra Stevens, Shelby Stradling, Sarah Surface, Jac Tardie, Ashley Tesmer, Sara Vespini, Ashley White, Claire White, Moriah Wisdom, Liz Wierzbicki, Isabel Wood


Instructor: Karen Baldner


Karen Baldner Biography: Karen Baldner grew up in West Germany and completed her formal studies in the US with a Masters Degree in Printmaking from Indiana University. Her work is based in the Book Arts , Drawing , Printmaking, Installation and occasionally extends into collaborations. Her work has been supported by state grants from Arkansas and Indiana, Fulbright and NEA grants, and is represented by Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, NY and Vamp&Tramp Booksellers. She shows extensively throughout the US and Europe and her work is in a number of public and private collections in the US, Canada and Germany. Karen lives in Bloomington and teaches Book Arts at Herron School of Art & Design at IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana.