Current Exhibits

The Creative Codex: Books as art in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections
King Library, Room 321
August 24 – December 11, 2015

Reception Thursday October 22, 4-6 PM, King 320
The Creative Codex: Books as art in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections

An artist’s book is a work of art that takes the form of a book. But what does that mean? And what counts as a book, anyway? Is it a bunch of pages that have been bound together, or is there more to it than that?

These are the kinds of questions that artists’ books try to answer. They play with both the form and the function of books as objects, encouraging onlookers to question traditional conceptualizations
of “books.” They are usually handmade, often unique, and all different from one another. Because most artist’s books are hand-made and only crafted in small, limited runs, they offer artists a special opportunity to create books that are intensely personal.

All of the books featured in this exhibit are part of Miami University’s Walter Havighurst
Special Collections. The materials on display reflect a concentrated effort to build a diverse, provocative collection that will challenge students to reconsider their notion of “books” while also paying tribute to the creativity and innovation of book artists across the globe.

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The Miami University Archives webpage is now a part of the Special Collections & Archives site!

All our digital archival records are now available through our ArchivesSpace instance.

A reception for our fall exhibit The Creative Codex will be held Thursday October 22, 4-6 PM, in King 320. Local artist Diane Stemper, whose works are featured in the exhibit, will speak at the reception.