“Play With Your Book Open” exhibit in Learning Commons

Syracuse University Library is very pleased to feature an exhibition of altered and repurposed book works on display until August 15th in the lower level of the Learning Commons in Bird LIbrary.
Play With Your Book Open! is a collection of books made by a circle of friends in Syracuse, New York. It started when Sarah Averill came home with a picture from a window display at an independent bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire. The folded up books in the display were so delightful that she had to share them with her neighbors, Shander Bawden and Rachel May. A busy medical student, Sarah didn’t have time to fold many books herself, but was so impressed by those her friends and their children made that she decided to organize this exhibition to share them with a wider audience.
Book artists include Sarah Averill, who was born in Bangor, Maine and grew up in Upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, an MA from the University of Iowa, and an M.D. from SUNY Upstate in 2010. A writer and artist who studied printmaking and book arts at the University of Iowa before going to medical school, her artwork has been published in the Healing Muse and exhibited at the Johnson Art Center in Vermont, the Pfeifer Theatre in Buffalo, and Miss Mary’s Art Space in Albany.
Shander Bawden is pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Science at Syracuse University. She is a life-long dancer, part time writer and mother of two who is thrilled to have been introduced to the art of book folding. Her daughter, Katriel Bawden, is in the 3rd grade at Ed Smith Elementary School. She plays hockey and piano and enjoys writing poetry and fiction.
Rachel May is the coordinator of Sustainability Education at Syracuse University. She enjoys playing with shapes and color and inventing new uses for just about everything.
Mark Povinelli was born in Buffalo New York and grew up in Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and his masters’ degree from Syracuse University in 1989. He is a founding member of the art collective FAST. His artwork has been exhibited at the Barnwell Art Center, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, University of Houston, Syracuse University, The Floating Gallery and the Gear Factory. He was an artist in residence at Syracuse University in 2006-2007 where he installed an interactive sculpture exploring the relationship between the forces of nature and the senses. He has collaborated on several large installations including a kinetic illuminated sculpture at Syracuse University, which explored the physical representation of the mathematics of electromagnetic theory. His most recent exhibit at the Craft Chemistry gallery explored image as verse in a matrix of drawings.
Calvin Greene is a 1st grader at Ed Smith School. He knows his squares up to 33 x33 and enjoys geometry, soccer, chess and ping-pong. His favorite books are Peter Pan and Frog and Toad
Isabel Greene is a 5th grader at Ed Smith School. She loves to write, draw cartoons and play with paper. Her favorite author is Percy Jackson
Olivia Vought is a 5th grader at Ed Smith School. She plays soccer and viola. She loves to read everything she can get her eyes on.

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