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Published 10/24/2005

'Artists Create Books' Exhibit Featured at Owens' Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery, Nov. 7 - Dec. 15

Books will be brought to vibrant and visually arresting life in the latest exhibit opening at Owens Community College's Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. The new exhibition is titled "Artists Create Books" and will feature an array of uniquely hand-crafted books employing hand-made and distressed paper, leather, glass, wood and other materials. Showcasing bookmaking in a new light, "Artists Create Books" will be on display November 7 - December 15.

In addition, Jean Clad, the exhibit's curator and protégé of world-renowned artist Hans Hoffman, will give a special lecture about the history of book art on Friday, November 11. The lecture will occur at 3:30 p.m. in the Owens Library, with a reception in the art gallery to follow.

"'Artists Create Books' is a must-see for any art or book lover," said Wynn Perry, Owens adjunct faculty member who curates the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. "The mingling of visual art and literature results in a number of works that redefine our conceptions of how a book can reach its audience and express its message."

Internationally recognized American artists Terry Braunstein, Linda Ekstrom, Mary Heebner, Sue Ann Robinson and Genie Shenk will be featured within the "Artists Create Books" exhibit, and several of their pieces will focus on literary works, including the Bible, Emily Dickinson and William Shakespeare. The exhibit is coinciding with the College hosting the Ohio Shakespeare Conference, occurring November 10-12.

Braunstein has produced more than 70 pieces using books, maps and magazines in her 30-year career as an artist. Her accomplishments include being commissioned by Spain to create a book celebrating the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' voyage to America, as well as many of her artistic expressions making appearances at exhibitions and museums throughout Russia, England and the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Issues of memory, identity and religion often serve as an inspiration and anchor for Ekstrom's many sculptures and installations. Often using altered texts to reinterpret the book as a cultural and symbolic object, her work has been included in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States since 1982. Additionally, Ekstrom has lectured widely throughout the country and has served as the artist in residence for the Center for the Study of Religion at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work has been reviewed in the "Los Angeles Times," "Art in America," and "Sculpture Magazine."

A painter for most of her life, Heebner began making fine art books in 1995. Skilled in the art of papermaking, she incorporates papers, powdered pigments and "anything that dissolves in water" into her mixed media pieces. Heebner has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She has released several fine art books, as well as created The Hamlet Project, which is an original take on Shakespeare's classic featuring paintings superimposed on folios. Her work has been displayed in the National Gallery of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Robinson has been creating mixed media, unique and limited edition artist books for more than two decades. Her passion for artistic expression comes from being drawn to books for their intimate, participatory and portable nature. Robinson's work has drawn attention and received accolades worldwide, as well as being featured as part of collections at the Yale University Library and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Dreams form the inspiration for many of Shenk's mixed media artist books. She has exhibited extensively and her books can be found in a wide range of collections, including the Getty Research Institute and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Additionally, Shenk co-founded the Mesa Arts Press, a student letterpress facility, and teaches book arts at San Diego Mesa College.

Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For additional information about the College's 2005-06 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2721 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2721.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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