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2005.02.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Book Arts Center to Host Open House, Panel Discussion Feb. 10

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Nebraska Book Arts Center will host an open house that will be followed by a panel discussion in the UNO Art Gallery on Thursday, February 10.  The events are being held in conjunction with "Hearts & Hands: A National Juried Student Book Arts Exhibition" currently on display at the gallery.

"Hearts and Hands" is the first national juried book art exhibition specifically for students in accredited academic institutions.  It showcases the best examples of the broad range of books being made in colleges across the country.  Artists' books, altered books, collaborations, digitally printed books, fine press books, one-of-a-kind books and sculptural b­ook objects are represented in the show.  All of the books on display were made over the last two years in courses offered through book arts, graphic design, printmaking and library programs.

The open house will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Book Arts Center, located in Room 124 of the Weber Fine Arts Building.  A panel discussion on the state of the arts of the book in colleges and universities today will begin at 7 p.m., in the UNO Art Gallery, 129 Weber Fine Arts Building.  Panelists will include:

Denise Brady, exhibit curator and book artist;

Dika Eckersley, the exhibit juror and a book designer;

Marvel Maring, book artist and exhibitor;

Karen Kunc, art and art history professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and

Bonnie O'Connell, UNO associate professor of art and art history.

Books and broadsides by panelists and their students will be available for purchase at the open house along with the Nebraska Book Arts Center's entire catalog of more than 50 handmade books. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or for special needs accommodations, call the Nebraska Book Arts Center at (402) 554-2773 or the UNO Department of Art and Art History at (402) 554-2420.

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