Peter Verheyen, head of Preservation at Syracuse University Library, collaborated with senior curator Debora Ryan on Fit to be Bound, the second exhibit in the Everson Museum’s The Edge of Art: New York State Artist Series. The exhibition features artist books created by thirty-four artists currently living in New York State, the first survey of its kind at the Everson.
Ryan describes the exhibition as “an exploration of the various means by which contemporary artists have expanded and reinterpreted the notion of the book form, from the traditional to the sculptural, from paper to mixed-media, small-scale and oversized.”
Four artists were invited to participate: Miriam Schaer, Tatiana Kellner, Claire Maziarczyk, and Drew Goerlitz. Thirty additional artists were selected by jurors Ryan, Verheyen, and Hannah Frieser, book artist and director of Syracuse University’s Light Work, a non-profit, artist-run organization that provides direct support to artists working in the media of photography and digital imaging.
Verheyen, who is also a widely exhibited book binder and founder of the Book Arts Web and its e-journal The Bonefolder, will give a free talk on the book arts in general and in New York State on Saturday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum.