Category: Book Arts News

Kyle Holland Joins the MFA Book Arts Faculty at SLIS

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Kyle Holland as an Instructor and Studio Manager in the MFA Book Arts program. Kyle is a book artist and printer with strong interest and knowledge in hand papermaking. His work draws on his experiences growing up in the South and examines his identity within the context of a masculine subculture. His work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nevada Museum of Art, The Center for Book Arts, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, and UC Berkeley among others. Holland has a BFA in Fine Arts from the Memphis College of Art, and is a candidate for an MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA (expected May 2019). He has taught papermaking, printing, and book arts courses for the University of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and numerous book art centers and studios in the United States. You can learn more about Kyle and his work by visiting his website: www.kyleaholland.com

 

MFA Book Arts Student Recounts Summer Research Travel in Featured Blog

Jillian Sico, MFA in the Book Arts student, is currently featured on University of Alabama’s Capstone International Center website in a post that captures her experiences during a Summer 2018 research trip to Mexico. Sico’s travel was funded in part by the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), the Capstone International Center, and the Graduate School. This is just one of many SLIS examples of funded travel for our students. Learn more about the opportunities available for student travel by speaking to any faculty member or the SLIS office.

Book Arts MFA Candidates Share Research and Creative Projects

On Friday, October 12, five MFA in Book Arts students presented their independent creative research from the summer of 2018. Here are some snapshots from the event!

Jillian SicoPapermaking and Artist Books in Mexico;

Cheri Marks, Maggie Minor, and Reilly CoxFloral and Break; and

Sarah ScarrStart at the Block Books and Take a Hard Left: a bifurcated exploration of hand-made books for the masses.

 

Artist Book Exhibition Featuring Small Craft Advisory Press Opens

SLIS is happy to announce the opening of “Small Craft Advisory Press: A Decade of Collaboration,” the latest exhibition in the Gorgas Library Fifth Floor Gallery. Small Craft Advisory Press is an artist book press at Florida State University’s Facility for Arts Research in Tallahassee, Florida. Their mission is to enable artists and scholars to create collaborative artist book editions that push the boundaries and traditions of the book arts. Since its founding in 2009, it has produced twenty unique editions which are held in collections all over the world. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the gallery during Gorgas Library operating hours.

Sarah Bryant Appointed as Assistant Professor

 

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Bryant as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Book Arts program. Sarah is an internationally recognized book artist who has published work as Big Jump Press since 2006. Her books use analytical imagery and reference material to address topics related to archives, self-representation, and data visualization. She frequently collaborates with other artists as well as people working in other fields. Her work can be found in dozens of libraries and private collections in the United States and abroad, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA, and the Yale Arts Library. In 2011, Bryant won the prestigious MCBA Prize, an international award given every two years to a single artist book. Bryant received her MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama in 2008. She has taught letterpress and Book Arts courses for Wells College, the University of Georgia, and numerous craft schools and studios in the United States and the United Kingdom, where she lived for several years prior to returning to Alabama in 2016. You can learn more about Sarah and her work by visiting her website or blog.

Please join us in welcoming Sarah to her new role!