January 20, 2016 – February 26, 2016
St. Ambrose University Catich Gallery
Davenport, IA 52803
About the Exhibit
Participants in the exhibit were each asked to create an edition of 20 prints based on the theme “Bridges”, and what resulted was a wonderful range of work! Artists mailed their finished editions to our exhibit host, Andrew Huot, who collated the prints and sent them back to everyone. Each artist received their suite of prints and then bound or boxed them with no limiting guidelines. Finally, finished pieces were mailed back to Andrew for the show. The exhibit will feature the ten Midwest members’ prints and their chosen housing method.
As an added bonus, all artists were invited to include an additional piece of artwork, unrelated to the theme, for display as well. This provides a great opportunity to showcase the range of work our Midwest members are capable of, as all are skilled in multiple disciplines.
Originally a print exchange for the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, each Guild Worker created an edition of prints about some sort of bridge to contribute to the set, and each artist then received a complete set of everyone’s prints in exchange! These bridges could be made of bricks and mortar or they could be bridges of a more poetic variety – bridges that bring people together, bridges that cross cultures, bridges that offer the possibility of change…
But this is where it gets really interesting! Each artist then created their own book or box to contain the set of prints. Each of these housings is completely different! From traditional book designs to radical interpretations of the book idea, the complete set of these books is not to be missed! All of the prints and books will be on display at the Catich Gallery.
Wait! There’s EVEN MORE! In addition to the print exchange and individual book designs, this exhibition will also contain other objects – art books, art boxes and prints – from each of the contributing artists. The Catich Gallery will be absolutely bursting with great art! Not to be missed!
Several events were on Wednesday Feb 3, 2016, including an artist Q & A, a talk by Andrew Huot of Big River Bindery and an opening reception. All events were free and open to the public.