Rare Beauty: contemporary artists’ books

Please join Red Trillium Press Thursday February 9 at the Hartford Art School for opening of Rare Beauty.

The University of Hartford’s Joseloff Gallery at the Hartford Art School is proud to present the exhibition Rare Beauty: Contemporary Visions in Book Arts, a group exhibition featuring the work of six distinguished printmakers and book artists, in the gallery from January 17 through February 19, 2012.

Rare Beauty will showcase the work of the 2011/2012 Georgette and Richard Koopman  Distinguished Chairs in the printmaking department at the Hartford Art School: Steven DaiberPati Scobey, and Barb Tetenbaum, as well as three invited guest artists: Julie ChenKathy Kuehn, and Wilber H. Schilling.

The exhibition comprises a diverse sampling of handmade books in all forms, demonstrating the
incredible scope of the craft. From traditional, recognizable book forms to interactive boxes, textwrapped jawbones, embroidered scrolls, and installations; the books in this exhibition stretch all familiar boundaries of what defines a “book”.

The title of the exhibition, Rare Beauty, was inspired by a quote from one of the artists included in
the exhibition, Wilber H. Schilling, who said, “In this increasingly digital age, a carefully  handmade, inspiringly clever and tactile book is a rare beauty.”

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a panel discussion held on Thursday, February 9, 2012  from 3:30-5:00pm in the Wilde Auditorium, directly followed by a public reception in the Joseloff  gallery from 5-7pm. The panel will include all six artists in the exhibition and will be moderated by Ruth Rogers, curator of special collections at Wellesley College.

Rare Beauty was organized by Lisa Gaumond, managing director of the Joseloff Gallery, with the help of the faculty of the Hartford Art School printmaking department: Jim Lee, Jenni Freidman, and John Willis.

A full-color catalog will be available for $25. Please contact the gallery for more information.

To read more about Rare Beauty, and see examples of the work, please visit the exhibition page.

Panel Discussion

  • February 9, 2012, 3:30-5pm, Wilde Auditorium featuring all six artists in the exhibition, moderated by Ruth R. Rogers, Curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College

Public Reception

  • February 9, 2012, 5-7pm, Joseloff Gallery

University of Hartford/Joseloff Gallery, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut 06117

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