Smithsonian Exhibit at Print 05 to Feature Book Artists
An artistic highlight of the giant Print 05 & Converting 05 exhibition Sept. 9-15 at Chicago's McCormick Place will be an interactive panel exhibit on the history and importance of book illustration created by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the world's largest system of museum libraries.
"Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration" in booth #7259 will be staffed by personnel from the Smithsonian Libraries along with exhibit curators and will present a schedule of local artists demonstrating different types of illustration. The exhibit features images from books in the Libraries' collection, including children's alphabet books, The Nuremberg Chronicle, works by William Morris, Redoute, Vesalius, and Vitruvius and trade literature. Demonstrations will include wood engraving by Chicago artist Judith Jaidinger, intaglio printing by David Jones and new approaches for illustration by instructors from Columbia College.
Judith Jaidinger has made prints for more than 30 years. After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked in commercial wood engraving as well as fine printmaking. She is a Fellow of the British Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. David Jones, from the printmaking studio Anchor Graphics, will operate the Press on Wheels (POW) intaglio printing system used for school demonstrations. Chicago's Columbia College offers four-year degree programs in visual, performing, media, and communication arts, including a graduate program in Book and Paper Arts. Art & Design department faculty members, Paul Vaccarello (Illustration) and Craig Jobson (Graphic Design), will discuss and demonstrate how students in traditional courses of drawing, illustration, typography, and graphic design use computer-assisted design, animation, sound, and motion graphics to develop new visual media to meet changing industry demands.
Following its appearance at the show, the panel exhibit will travel throughout the United States, followed by a full gallery version, featuring numerous books from the Smithsonian Libraries' collection, at the National Museum of American History in Washington. A Web site dedicated to the exhibit may be viewed at: http://www.sil.si.edu/exhibitions/PicturingWords/.