Art and the Book Program Wins Big In Nashville

The Grass Isn't Always Greener Book Cover and Sample Pages
January 21, 2016

The Art and the Book program took home several prizes on January 8th at the 2016 College Book Art Association Annual Conference in Nashville.

Students, faculty and alums of the program were there to attend the Members' Exhibition "Backstory: Exploring the Boundaries of the Book."

Founded in 2008, the College Book Art Association supports and promotes academic book arts education by fostering the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism. The College Book Art Association is a non-profit organization fundamentally committed to the teaching of book arts at the college and university level, while supporting such education at all levels, concerned with both the practice and the analysis of the medium. It welcomes as members everyone involved in such teaching and all others who have similar goals and interests. The association aims to engage in a continuing reappraisal of the nature and meaning of the teaching of book arts.

Of the 32 pieces selected from 100+ entries, 6 jury-selected pieces belonged to current Art and the Book students or alums. Congrats go out to our current Art and the Book students Ian Warren and Krista Sharp along with Art and the Book alums Jaime Shafer and Maria Veronica San Martin (CBAA award recipient). A great night of wonderful bookwork in Nashville was seen by all. Art and the Book Program Head, Kerry McAleer-Keeler Keeler also represented the program in the CBAA Posted Notice exhibit. The show was comprised of ephemeral printed posters and their historical significance as a democratic tool for communication. The posters are displayed from January 4th through February 8th at the Sarratt Gallery at the Vanderbilt University. Upon exhibition close, the exhibition set will be archived by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University.

Art and the Book Alum, Jaime Shafer with her two pieces: 1 in 3, Letterpress, Inkjet Printing,
Paper, 2015 and Mix and Match Families, Photography, Inkjet Printing, Paper, 2013.

Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Posted Notice Print: Taxation Without Representation,
Relief Print on Watercolor Background, 2015.