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FAU Hosts Book Arts Exhibition


            BOCA RATON, FL (August 24, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents “ Out of the Book: Selections from the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts” from Friday, September 17 through Saturday, October 30. The exhibition will run in the Schmidt Center Gallery and the Ritter Art Gallery, with an extension in the Ritter through Wednesday, November 17. The galleries are located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ritter Art Gallery.  University Galleries exhibitions, programs and events are free and open to the public.

“Out of the Book” presents a thematic selection of more than 200 book art works featuring the finest and most innovative works from more than 6,000 objects held in the Jaffe Book Arts Center, a special collection in FAU’s Wimberly Library. Characterized by unique, limited edition books that resemble sculpture as much as they do books, the collection features books that defy or expand notions of what a book is. The Jaffe Collection is one of the largest and most varied collections of its kind in the country consisting primarily of visual books acquired more for their artistic expression than for their informational content. The collection also includes the broader topics of letterpress printing, fine binding, hand papermaking and paper decoration.

The “Out of the Book” exhibition represents a three-fold growth of the collection since it was first donated to FAU in 1998. The exhibition is co-curated by Linda Johnson, chair of FAU’s department of visual arts and art history, and Kate Schmitt, assistant professor in FAU’s department of English, in collaboration with Arthur Jaffe and John Cutrone of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Art students enrolled in a course this past summer taught by Johnson and Galleries’ director Rod Faulds worked in the collection to organize and design the exhibition’s presentation.

In association with the exhibition, there will be a series of gallery tours on Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. The first tour is on October 2 and will be led by Cutrone, who functions as the collection’s curator and is also a book artist. Then, on Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 at noon and 2:30 p.m., FAU art students will lead tours of the exhibition in association with “10 x 10,” a two-day festival celebrating the visual arts at FAU. Johnson and  Schmitt will lead the tours on Saturday, October 16. Talks will begin at the Schmidt Center Gallery and conclude at the Ritter Art Gallery. Golf cart shuttles will be available for those who need assistance.

In association with “Out of the Book,” the University Galleries’ 2010 Museum Education Program, a program that trains FAU art students to deliver arts education services to school children, focuses on the Jaffe Book Arts. The program has created field trip guides that are designed to assist teachers in planning field trips by making exhibition content relevant to classroom curriculum. The University Galleries have been a School District of Palm Beach County approved field trip site since 2005. Area teachers are encouraged to work with the Galleries to design curriculum-related outreach programs and tours that can combine visual arts with other disciplines.

The University Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. School and group tours of 10 or more can be scheduled by appointment during these hours or at other times

University Galleries exhibitions and programs are made possible in part by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the R.A. Ritter Foundation and individual contributors. Museum Education Programs are made possible in part by Beatrice Cummings Mayer; the Bank Atlantic Foundation; and the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. For more information about FAU’s University Galleries, visit www.fau.edu/galleries or call 561-297-2966.

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