Broadsided! The Intersection of Art an Literature
October 1-31, 2009
Before books, before blogs and before broadcasts, there were broadsides. Historically, single sheet broadsheet posters were ephemeral in nature. They were developed in the fifteenth century for royal proclamations, official notices and even advertisements. Today, broadsides hang at the intersection of art and literature. Letterpress printed broadsides are valued as fine art designed and printed by a true craftsperson; but also as fine literature featuring stellar poetry or prose. Broadsided! The Intersection of Art and Literature is a national, juried exhibition of letterpress printed broadsides featuring 42 broadsides by 34 artists from across the United States and Australia.
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Above image © LVIII by Sue Huggins Leopard
Best of Show Award
Congratulations to Sue Huggins Leopard whose LVIII broadside is featured in the photo above. Sue was chosen by our jurors and by opening reception audience votes to receive the Best of Show Award for Broadsided! Sue Leopard is a highly regarded artist whose handmade books and prints are widely exhibited and held in many public and private collections. Her work is known for connecting a sense of memory to myth and history through images and words by using her own wood engravings, relief prints, collages, and handwriting. She has a particular interest in 19th century poetry, which led to this work incorporating the poems of Emily Dickinson. This beautiful work comprises a suite of twelve letter press broadsides with poems by Dickinson. Each broadside is 12 by 19 inches and includes a Dickinson poem with an accompanying solar plate etching created by the artist. The imagery that the artist has chosen includes textiles, birds nests, spiders, gravestones, old photographs, and more. They were printed on Magnani Pescia and Rives BFK papers. Each is numbered and signed by Ms. Leopard. They are housed in presentation boxes done by Julia Nitzsche in Japanese linen and lined with handmade paper.
The first two photos below show the main gallery installed with the Broadsided show on the walls and the Ink & Impact show installed framed on the box walls at right. The show continues into the back gallery. Thank you to all of the participating artists for sharing their terrific work and to Linda Kiley and Deborah Watkins for their help jurying the show.