Curator of Rare Books is presenting at SUU Art Insights

Published: November 09, 2006 | Read Time: 1 minutes

The SUU Department of Art and Design will feature Madelyn Garret in this week’s Art Insights, Thursday, November 16th at 7 p.m. in the J.L. Sorenson Physical Education Building, room 101. Garret will present “The Art of the Book: from Sumerian Tablet to Modern Artist's Book,” which will cover her work as the head of the Rare Books Division at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library.

Garrett states, “I will survey the historical tradition of the book and then discuss artists' books and the opportunities for artistic expression discovered through the book form.” She will also bring a selection of artists’ books from the rare collection at the J. Willard Marriot Library, which number over 60,000 books dating from the eleventh century to present.

Garret has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Art. In 1995 she organized the Book Arts Program, which offers all Utahans bookmaking opportunities, including classes in letterpress printing and bookbinding, bookmaking workshops, lectures, artist’s book exhibitions, and community outreach programming. She has lectured extensively on the history of the book and its continuing relevance to modern society. Madelyn also makes books and her work is exhibited in local, regional, and national exhibitions.

Art Insights is a weekly program hosted during the Fall and Spring semesters by the Department Art and Design. Art Insights brings professionals from many different fields of the visual art world to Cedar City. Admission is free, and the general public is invited to attend.

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