University Libraries wants entries for altered book exhibit

University Libraries at the University of South Dakota is seeking entries for "Bound and Unbound II: Altered Book Exhibition," their second altered book art exhibition scheduled for display during the 2013 Fall Semester.

Sponsored by the University Libraries Arts and Exhibits committee, "Bound and Unbound II: Altered Book Exhibition" features an exhibit of altered books, which are a mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form by altering its state or meaning. Books from any source and media are eligible for this exhibition, and all work must be original and executed within the last three years.

"The University Libraries are pleased to once again host this exhibition which demonstrates the creative realm of altered books," said Interim Dean of Libraries Daniel L. Daily who noted that University Libraries hosted its inaugural altered book exhibition in 2009. "As an institution committed to lifelong learning, USD and the University Libraries frequently host events and exhibitions, like 'Bound and Unbound II,' that encourage the public to explore artistic possibilities."

"Our first altered book exhibition in 2009 was such a success we knew immediately we wanted to do another," said committee member Sarah A. Hanson, Digitation and Photographs Associate at University Libraries. "As hoped, we are now offering 'Bound and Unbound II,' which we have opened up to include national and international entries and have also added the jury process."

This year's juror is Karen Bondarchuk, an artist whose work – ranging from sculpture and drawing to video and bookmaking – employs a broad range of materials and processes. Her artwork has been exhibited widely in the United States, as well as in Canada, England, India and Italy. Bondarchuk has been the recipient of several fellowships and grants, and is currently the foundation area coordinator and an associate professor in the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. She received her M.F.A. in sculpture from Ohio State University, and her B.F.A. in sculpture and video from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Entries for "Bound and Unbound II: Altered Book Exhibition" are open to the public and artists can submit up to three entries by March 5. There is no fee to enter the exhibition and selected books will be on display at USD's University Libraries second floor exhibition cases from Aug. 28 through Dec. 20, 2013 with an exhibition reception slated for Friday, Nov. 1. A full prospectus and entry form for the exhibition can be found at libguides.usd.edu/altered-entry. University Libraries reserves the right to refuse work difficult to exhibit due to excessive size, weight or difficulty in presentation.

For more information, please contact Hanson at Sarah.Hanson@usd.edu or Danielle De Jager-Loftus at Danielle.Loftus@usd.edu, or Abby Moore at Abby.H.Moore@usd.edu.

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