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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Friday evening opening of book arts show at Creative Arts Workshop

Creative Arts Workshop Hilles Gallery
80 Audubon St., New Haven, (203) 562-4927
Inventive Structures: Books Beyond the Codex
May 14—June 25, 2010
Opening reception: Fri., May 14, 5:30—7:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: Fri., Jun. 4, 5:30—6:30 p.m.

Press release

Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) presents Inventive Structures: Books Beyond the Codex, an international book arts exhibition. The show focuses on the remarkable diversity of book constructions, exploring innovative alternatives to the familiar codex binding, in which a book's pages are attached to a single, central spine. Juried by renowned book artist and conservator Hedi Kyle, Inventive Structures features sixty-five artists from across the United States, as well as from Europe, Asia and Australia.

The exhibition is on view in the Workshop's two-story Hilles Gallery from May 14—Jun. 25. An opening reception will be held on Fri., May 14 from 5:30—7:30 pm. In conjunction with the exhibition, a gallery talk with participating artists Emily Martin and Paulette Rosen is scheduled for Fri., Jun. 4, from 5:30—6:30 pm. The exhibition, opening and gallery talk are all free and open to the public.

The jurying process for Inventive Structures was highly selective, with nearly 200 entries submitted by more than 100 artists. Ms. Kyle selected a wide range of forms, techniques and content for the exhibition to show many interpretations of the book as it is not generally known. "Even if the codex is a unique wonder of ingenuity, [I looked] for creative thinking, imagination and research to propel the book into new realms," explained Ms. Kyle.

Creative Arts Workshop holds a juried exhibition each year to showcase the work of both emerging and established artists from around the world, reinforcing its mission of fostering creativity through participation in and appreciation of the visual arts.


In conjunction with the exhibition, CAW is hosting several special events. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 14, from 5:30-7:30 pm. A gallery talk, with participating artists Emily Martin (Iowa City, IA) and Paulette Rosen (Hamden, CT), will be held on Fri., Jun. 4, from 5:30—6:30 pm. Visiting artist Emily Martin will also teach a two-day workshop, "Magic Books, or Now You See It, Now You Don't," on June 5 and 6. (Please note that there is a registration fee for the Magic Books workshop. To register, please call (203) 562-4927.)


CAW is pleased to note that participating artists Paulette Rosen and Nancy Eisenfeld are CAW faculty members, and Sandra Rhodes is a Studio Binder. Ann Langdon is Vice President of the Board of Directors. Elise Wiener is a former faculty member, and Joseph Saccio is former board member of the Workshop.


Alice Austin (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Pat Badt (Orefield, Pennsylvania)
Sara Bowen (Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia)
J. Penney Burton (Columbia, Missouri)
Peter Bushell (Mahomet, Illinois)
Mary-Ellen Campbell (Sparrow Bush, New York)
Jessi Cerutti (St. Louis, Missouri)
Julie Chen (Berkeley, California)
Laurie Corral (Asheville, North Carolina)
Katherine Crone (New York, New York)
Heather Crossley (Stretton Heights, Queensland, Australia)
Curt Dornberg and Isobel Lynne Carnes (Tucson, Arizona)
Nancy Eisenfeld (North Haven, Connecticut)
Bridget Elmer (Tallahassee, Florida)
Joshua Falconer (Ventura, California)
Alisa Fox (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Ania Gilmore (Lexington, Massachusetts)
Donna Globus (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Karen Hanmer (Glenview, Illinois, see image at bottom)
K. Nelson Harper (Fort Smith, Arkansas)
Nicci Haynes (O'Connor, Australia)
Barbara Henry and Barbara Mauriello (Jersey City, New Jersey)
In Young Hong (An-yang City, Kyoung-ki-do, South Korea)
Heather Hunter (Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, England)
Andrew Huot (Normal, Illinois)
Amy Jackson (Winchester, Virginia)
Paul Johnson (Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, England)
Peggy Johnston (Des Moines, Iowa)
Kumi Korf (Ithaca, New York)
Karen Kunc (Avoca, Nebraska)
Marianne Laimer (Romakloster, Sweden)
Ann Langdon (New Haven, Connecticut)
Roberta Lavadour (Pendleton, Oregon)
Gay Leonhardt (Willow, New York)
Erika Mahr (Astoria, New York)
Emily Martin (Iowa City, Iowa)
Pat Martin (Bethany, Connecticut)
Hanne Matthiesen (Malling, Denmark)
Anna Mavromatis (Houston, Texas)
Elizabeth McKee (Pasadena, Maryland)
Pamela Moore (Brooklyn, New York)
Melanie Mowinski (Cheshire, Massachusetts)
Janis Nedela (North Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia)
Kelly O'Brien (Alexandria, Virginia)
Sue O'Donnell (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania)
Jan Owen (Belfast, Maine)
An Pham (Athens, Georgia)
Amy Pirkle (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
Ben Reynaert (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Sandra Rhodes (New Haven, Connecticut)
Paulette Rosen (Hamden, Connecticut)
Laura Russell (Portland, Oregon)
Regula Russelle (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Joseph Saccio (North Haven, Connecticut, see image at top)
Wilber Schilling (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Susan Share (Anchorage, Alaska)
Carolyn Shattuck (Rutland, Vermont)
C.B. Sherlock (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Jana Sim (Chicago, Illinois)
Erin Sweeney (Peterborough, New Hampshire)
S.C. Thayer (White Rock, New Mexico)
Susan Viguers (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Laura Wait (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
Elise Wiener (Port Chester, New York)
Thomas Parker Williams (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)


Hedi Kyle graduated from the Werk-Kunst Schule in Weisbaden, Germany and, after a brief career as a graphic designer, turned to book arts and book conservation. She recently retired as Head Conservator from the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. She continues to instruct students in the field of book arts at the University of the Arts Graduate Program in Book Arts and Printmaking, also in Philadelphia.

Over the past 30 years, she has taught numerous workshops in the US, Canada, and Europe. Her one-of-a-kind book constructions are exhibited internationally and are in numerous collections.

Hedi Kyle has had one person shows at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, the Minnesota Center for the Book and the James Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She is an honorary member of the Guild of Book Workers and a co-founder of Paper & Book Intensive (PBI).

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