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Release: Jan. 18, 2002

UI Libraries' Frost Wins A Top Humanities Award From UNI

Gary Frost, university conservator, University of Iowa Libraries, has been named an artist in residence in the department of art at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls. The residency is awarded through the Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and is considered one of the most prestigious honors conferred by that university. Frost will visit UNI Jan. 22-26.

Frost was selected based on his expertise and status in the book arts and conservation. He will present a lecture titled "Future of the Book vs. Book of the Future: Projecting the Print Reading Mode," Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Kamerick Art Building at UNI. He will also conduct workshops in hand bookbinding Jan. 23-26.

"In addition to the knowledge and skill that Gary has, his energy, enthusiasm, and creativity are irresistible. We're delighted that Gary has this opportunity to share his expertise and talent, promoting the book arts and the importance of conservation," said Nancy E. Kraft, head of the preservation department at the UI.

Each year, a different area in the humanities hosts the Hearst Lecture program, and this year it is coordinated through the fine arts department. The Hearst Lecture Series is supported by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, professor of creative writing at UNI and a northeast Iowa poet, in memory of his wife. For more information about the public lecture, contact the UNI art department at (319) 273-2077.

Frost has served as university conservator at the UI Libraries since 1999 where he directs the conservation unit and teaches a course that explores the historical structure of the handmade book. Prior to that time, he worked as a conservator at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and as a vice president of BookLab, Inc., a commercial conservation facility. He has taught conservation practice at the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Texas, Austin, as well as at workshops, and seminars around the country. He has an extensive record of publications and exhibits, along with a wide range of professional contributions to the book conservation and book arts communities.