posted February 8, 2011

Library Displaying Student “Artists’ Books” through March 5

 "Artists' Books" designed by 17 Hope art students are being featured in a display in the Van Wylen Library at Hope College through Saturday, March 5.

The public is invited to see the display.  Admission is free.

The books offer an imaginative reinterpretation of the way that books traditionally relate language and images, each reflecting the vision of the individual artist.  As the exhibition's statement notes, "Artists' books are produced by a single creator who wears many hats:  writer, painter, printer, graphic designer, binder, photographer, illustrator and publisher.  Artists' books can be all words, all images or a combination of both while exploring alternative forms, materials and production techniques."

The books were created by students in the college's "Applied Design II" class.  One of the volumes will be selected to become the first in the library's new "Artists' Book Collection."

The students with work in the display, which opened on Tuesday, Feb. 8, are:  sophomore Katy Carlson of Glen Ellyn, Ill.
° junior Chris Cox of Grand Rapids
° junior Kathren Cutshall of Warsaw, Ind.
° senior Amy DeVrou of Hopkins
° sophomore Kathleen Doud of Kalamazoo
° senior Melissa Gayles of Chicago, Ill.
° sophomore Amy Joy Greenlee of Spring Lake
° junior Laura Hobson of Flushing
° sophomore Justin Korver of Sioux Center, Iowa
° junior Nic Leonard of New Providence, N.J.
° senior Julia Peterson of Grand Rapids
° senior Laurenn Rudd of Lake Ann
° senior Samantha Shank of Oak Forest, Ill.
° senior Anne Short of Holland
° senior Lyndsey Vanderveld of Wood Dale, Ill.
° junior Rachel Walton of Columbus, Ohio
° junior Karly Welke of Benton Harbor.

In addition, Justin Korver designed the poster that accompanies the exhibit.

The Van Wylen Library is regularly open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to midnight, Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to midnight.

In conjunction with the college's Winter Break, which begins the evening of Friday, Feb. 11, and continues through Tuesday, Feb. 15, the library will be open on Friday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13; open on Monday, Feb. 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and open on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The Van Wylen Library is located at 53 Graves Place (11th Street), between 10th and 12th streets on College Avenue.