Spotlight on Collections features a rotating selection of Baylor Libraries materials in both physical and digital exhibits. Each month, the Libraries will highlight a collection from our extensive holdings. For October-November 2018, we are presenting selections from the Book Arts Collection, curated by Interim Associate Dean of Libraries Sha Towers.
What is the Baylor Book Arts Collection?
From the Baylor Book Arts website:
The Baylor Libraries' Book Arts Collection began in 2007, with the acquisition of a collection of artists' books by artist Maddy Rosenberg. Since that time, the collection has grown to approximately 1000 works representing numerous artists and presses. The collection functions as a teaching collection for both studio artists working in the medium as well as various disciplines outside the arts. The collection is available for group and class meetings as well as individual appointments. The collection has also been the highlight of visits from area and regional arts organizations such as the Waco Calligraphy Guild, The Texas Mexico Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America, and the Lone Star Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. Recent examples of classes using the collection include medical humanities, history, introduction to art, graphic design, typography, non-woven fibers, mixed media, drawing, illustration, and book arts seminar. The collection includes a wide ranging representation of everything from singe-page constructions, complex forms, sculptural bookworks, fine press, letterpress, photography, handmade papers, textiles, collaborative works, and more. See highlights of the collection on instagram @BaylorBookArts.
The Artistry of Peter and Donna Thomas
Experience the skill of book artists Peter and Donna - the Wandering Book Artists - in this online exhibit, including descriptions and photos of seven of their works represented in the Baylor Book Arts Collection. Learn more about the Wandering Book Artists on their website.
Experience Book Arts Works in 3D
Because of their unique design elements, photographs of our Book Arts Collections pieces often fail to capture the full scope of their design, so we have included 3D renderings of 16 selections in a website called Sketchfab. Experience one of these works below, and see the entire gallery of images at Erik Swanson's Sketchfab gallery.