SLIS Proseminar: Julie Leonard - Books, Book Art and Book Objects

September 18, 2014 - 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm

3092 LIB

The book arts as a recognized area of study and creative activity is relatively young, despite the varied activities (papermaking, printing, bookbinding, calligraphy…) that make up the field having long and venerable histories. Artist books are one area of activity within the larger framework of the book arts. The term "artist books" is fairly slippery. In this presentation, I will show several examples of varied approaches to the idea of using the book form as a means for artistic expression and provide a context for contemporary artist book practice.

About Professor Leonard

Julia Leonard, a creative innovator with artistic range, divides her time between the study of historical bookbinding structures and the creation of contemporary artist books. Her creative projects have been exhibited and collected nationally; they incorporate reference to historical structures, considerations on the visible nature of language, and question how the book form can be used as a means of and inspiration for works that question the role of the book and the book as an object throughout history. Her particular research focus has led her to conceptualize and lead in the creation of, in conjunction with a team of developers, an artist book database, which is currently being populated with information from artist books housed in the University of Iowa Special Collections. She maintains a studio in Iowa City featuring edition production binding, one-of-a-kind and limited edition artist's books.

View Professor Leonard's Center for the Book Profile.