Shows To See
Exhibitions serve a dual purpose of presenting art works to the community and offering a means of opening a conversation between the artist and the audience. Since its inaugural exhibition in 2003, San Diego Book Arts has presented 20 exhibitions in various locations in Southern California, including five national juried exhibitions and a traveling series of displays that visited community libraries throughout San Diego County.
Collaborative Book Project
The extraordinary exhibition of Over the Moon, a collaborative effort spanned 2 years and involved 40 SDBA book makers. Responding to a selection of haiku by SDBA member Diane Gage, the participating artists each created a unique page, which conformed to size, paper, and some content guidelines. These works were photographed, reduced, and printed, giving each member the materials to create a unique binding of the images. Original artwork was showcased as well as individual hand-bound artists' books.
The exhibition had its inaugural showing at the Mission Valley Library from July 5 to September 29, 2016.
For more information about Over the Moon, click here and scroll down the page.
Over the Moon
Opening Night at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, January 6, 2017
Annual Members' Exhibition
This fall 30 SDBA members showcased their work at the James Alan Rose Gallery of Frances Parker School in an exhibition titled If I Call It a Book.
If I call it a book, does that mean it is a book? What makes it so? Does it need to have pages? And what, exactly, counts as a page? Is it a piece of paper or can it be a piece of glass? A board? A box? Some other found object? To be a book, must it have text? Does it need images? Must there be a narrative?
The works in this exhibit reflected a plurality of contemporary methods and attitudes towards the question of what makes a book. Ultimately, a bookwork is judged by the vision it presents through its content, its physical presence, and how they interact to create meaning. Each of the artworks binds together ideas, images, and structure to present the artist’s unique perspective. At its core, the book arts movement is about making books by hand.
Participating artists included Rhiannon Alpers, Elaine Antoniuk, Charlotte Bird, Britta Brice, Lark Burkhart, Linda Bussell, Judith Christensen, Mary Lynn Dominguez, Nancy L. Fisher, Gretchen Hiegel, Christina Larkin, Evelyn La Rosa, Viviana Lombrozo, Rhonda Luongo, Bhavna Mehta, Pamela Marrett, Laurel Moorhead, Yvonne Perez-Collins, Helen Petre, Gina Pisello, Kathy Przekopp, Janis Reeser, Al Rodriguez, Josie Rodriguez, Sibyl Rubottom, Barbara Ruys, Jim Stiven, Nancy Walter, and Shelley Watkins.
2016 If I Call It a Book, Members' Exhibition, Rose Gallery at Francis Parker School, San Diego, CA
2016 Over the Moon, SDBA Collaborative Art Project, Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA
2015 Cherchez La Femme, Members’ Exhibition, Women’s Museum of California, San Diego, CA
2014 SDBA Fifth National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA, Juror: Sue Ann Robinson, book artist and educator
2013 SDBA Members’ Exhibition, Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA
2013 SDBA Members’ Exhibition, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
2012 SDBA Fourth National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA, Juror: Carolee Campbell, Ninja Press
2011 SDBA Members’ Exhibition, Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA
2011 An Artist Trading Card ABC: A Collaborative Project, Dove Library, Carlsbad, CA
2010 Edge to Edge: Artists’ Books at the Japanese Friendship Garden, Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
2010 SDBA Third National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA, Juror: Kitty Maryatt, Director of the Scripps College Press
2009-12 LinC (Look in the Community) Traveling Exhibition, Benjamin/Allied Gardens, Cardiff by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Central Library, Clairemont, College-Rolando, North Clairemont, North University, Oceanside, Point Loma, Rancho Penasquitos, Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa, and Tierrasanta Branch Libraries, San Diego County, CA
2008 SDBA Second National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA, Juror: Erika Torri, Joan & Irwin Jacobs Executive Director Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
2008-09 SDBA Miniature Books, a traveling exhibition: Miniature Book Society Conclave, University of San Diego, Kensington Branch Library, San Diego and the International Printing Museum, Carson, CA
2007-08 cARTalog, a traveling exhibition: San Diego Public Library, Dove Library, Carlsbad, Love Library, San Diego State University
2006 SDBA First National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA, Juror: Lynda Claassen, director of UCSD’s Mandeville Special Collections Library
2006 SDBA Members’ Exhibition, Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA
2005-06 Artists’ Books on a Japanese Theme, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego, CA
2004 San Diego to Santa Fe, Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA and Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003 The River, members’ exhibition at the Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA and traveling to the Durango Arts Center, Colorado