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2006.01.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Book Arts Exhibition Opens Jan. 22

Omaha - The beauty of books, both ancient and contemporary, is the subject of an exhibition opening Sunday, Jan. 22, at the St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center.

"The Beauty of the Book," sponsored by the Nebraska Book Arts Center and the Joslyn Art Museum, runs through March 3.  An opening reception is set for Sunday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, features 80 artifacts that span more than 500 years.  It includes 15th century calligraphy on vellum and hand-printed incunabula of the same period; sacred texts on parchment, palm leaves or refined papers; and contemporary artist's books that may continue the literary fine press tradition or make vital new sculptural statements through the techniques of classical bookbinding, said Bonnie O'Connell, director of the Nebraska Book Arts Center and associate professor of art and art history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

O'Connell served as curator and coordinated the exhibition with Brother William Woeger, executive director of the Cathedral Cultural Center.  Student interns Frances Osugi and Tammi Owens assisted with the exhibition.  Both are enrolled in Artists, Communities and Museums: Service Learning and the Visual Arts, a course developed and taught by Caroline Simpson, assistant professor of art and art history at UNO. 

Books on display include work from William Blake, Johann Froben, William Caxton, William Morris/The Kelmscott Press, Harry Duncan/Abattoir Editions, Walter Hamady/The Perishable Press Ltd, Neil Shaver/Yellow Barn Press, Kim Merker/The Windhover Press, Susan King/Paradise Press, Gerald Lange/Bieler Press, Karen Kunc, Barry Moser, Robert Rauschenberg, Mary Beth Fogarty, O'Connell, Denise Brady, Jim Cox/Swing Bridge Press, Marvel Maring and Thomas Hanus; calligraphers Glen Epstein, Julian Waters, Nonin Chowaney and Chuzuko Takechi; and fine arts press students Sara Adkisson, Allyson Gibbs, Charles Housand, Owens, Osugi, Monica Brasile, Vanessa Maet and Chloe Jones.  It also features books on loan from University Library's Special Collections, as well as the private collections of UNO's Oliver Pollak, history, and Pamela Owens, religion.

"The Beauty of the Book" is being held in conjunction with "Illuminating The Word; The Saint John's Bible," which runs from Jan. 21 through April 16 at the Joslyn Art Museum.

The St. Cecilia Cathedral Cultural Center is located at 701 N. 40th St. behind the cathedral with access on Webster Street.  The exhibition will be open according to the following schedule:

Tuesday through Friday

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday

Noon to 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition, contact O'Connell at 402.554.2787.

For more information about the Nebraska Book Arts Center, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/~nbac/home.html.

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