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"How a Book is Made" debuts in Loyola's Diboll Art Gallery

Loyola press release - December 1, 2008

Selections from the special collections of Loyola University New Orleans’ Monroe Library and contemporary examples by national and international artists will be featured in the upcoming exhibit “How a Book is Made” to be shown in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Loyola’s Monroe Library.

The exhibit will run Dec. 4, 2008, to Jan. 27, 2009. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

“How a Book is Made” will examine what happens when contemporary artists and historians consider the meaning of books in an age where they are increasingly being replaced by virtual formats.

“Traditionally, books are used as a means to transmit text and images. Books can do much more than this. Books can reflect culture, values, authority, history and creative expressions,” said Karoline Schleh, director of the Diboll Gallery and assistant professor of visual arts. “The works represented insist on the importance of defining book not only as a physical object, but as an idea.”

Some of the works that will be on display in the gallery are unique creations from regional and national artists while others are skilled examples of printing or binding from the Monroe Library’s special collections.

“With each piece, there is an engagement of the viewer with the book and what books represent, that is a unique experience,” said Schleh.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call (504) 865-2074.