Beginning January 6, the Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College will host a unique exhibition of artists’ books created by many of the women who were featured in the 2001 “Women and Books: Uncovered” Exhibition. A national invitational, “Women and Books: Uncovered—A Decade Later,” will highlight works from many of the best known book artists from across the country, including New York, Iowa, New Hampshire and Georgia. The exhibited books will be comprised of a variety of structures, materials and content, and include printmaking, painting, handmade paper and found objects. The exhibition will be on display through February 3. Gallery hours: Monday—Friday 9:00 am—5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00—5:00 pm. The gallery is closed during school holidays.
On Thursday, January 6, at 6:00 pm in the Milliken Art Gallery, a Gallery Talk with a few of the featured artists in the exhibition will include discussions on the nature of the artist book as well as techniques and content. The Gallery Talk will be followed by the opening reception at 6:30 pm. The exhibit and events are free and open to the public.
Gwen Diehn, one of the artists featured in the exhibition, won the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library Fellows Grant in 2007 for her original artist’s book Helena Kottanner’s Memoirs. The inspiration for this book was a translation of a rare medieval memoir, written in 1450 by a handmaid to the Queen of Hungary. “We are delighted to showcase this original award-winning book in the Milliken Art Gallery,” stated Milliken Art Gallery Director, Kathryn Boucher. “Being one of over forty books on display in the exhibition, Diehn’s book will intrigue visitors with twenty-five hand colored woodcuts woven together with the memoirs and proverbs. We are fortunate to host such a high caliber group of women artists at Converse.”
For more information about this exhibition, contact Kathryn Boucher, Milliken Art Gallery Director for Converse College, at email@example.com.