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Release: Oct. 27, 1999

Exhibition showcases UI community-wide contributions to book studies, art

IOWA CITY– Selected UI students, faculty and staff will have their work displayed at a newly opened University of Iowa Libraries exhibition on the book studies community at the UI. Their works, along with other material from the Libraries’ Collections, the UI Center for the Book, and other UI departments, will be displayed at the North Exhibition Hall of the Main Library now through January 2000.

Open Book: The Book Studies Community at the University of Iowa showcases the UI community’s contributions to all facets of book production and use and is open and free to the public.

The UICB facilitates interdisciplinary study and creative expression in a wide range of disciplines associated with the book. Items such as "Counter," a UICB-published journal for book specialists and enthusiasts is on display, as are examples of the book papers produced at the Center’s Oakdale papermaking facility.

Other works shown include works by David Dunlap, art professor, who created a modified book jacket from Salman Rushdie’s "The Satanic Verses." Original works, such as "Between a Rock and a Hard Place," a fossil and rock book cover created by Lucy David, a Book Arts Club of Iowa City member is also on display. Among other works shown is "Napkin Poetry," an anthology of poems collaboratively written in bars in Washington, D.C. created by Kristi Bassett from the School of Journalism Typography Laboratory. A case devoted to the conservation department displays bookbinding models, project examples and reference materials.

The exhibition also features a display case of printmaking and book designer Barry Moser, who will visit the UI Nov. 12 as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. Moser recently completed an elaborately illustrated King James Version of the Holy Bible. The exhibition case features a study of how Moser develops imagery from photographs and sketches to final printing.