Maternal Legends
A National Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Artist Books
December 5, 2008 - January 3, 2009

Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, stories, histories, legends, legacies. What did we learn from our mothers and their mothers and their mothers? What are the stories that have been passed down through the generations? How did the women in our family shape who we are today? Artists around the world where inspired to explore and celebrate our Maternal Legends through the magic of artist books. This exhibit features book arts related artworks, created in editions or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, and broadsides are all included. 

This exhibit was juried by Cara List, the Art and Art History Librarian at the University of Oregon’s Architecture and Allied Arts Library. As the curator of the Artists’ Book Collection, she teaches extensively with artists’ books. Cara received her MFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she worked and exhibited for a number of years, before getting a Masters in Information Science at the University of Michigan.

**Special congratulations go out to Karen Hanmer who is the winner of our Purchase Prize as chosen by our juror, Cara List. Karens gorgeous book, Reunion, will be purchased by the gallery and donated to the artist book library at the University of Oregon.

Exhibition Catalog

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Alex Appella, Cordoba, Argentina
Heidi Atwood, Tuscaloosa, AL
Alisa Banks, Dallas, TX
Catherine X. Blank, Toronto, Ontario
Warren Buss, Beaverton, OR
MalPina Chan, Olympia, WA
Patricia Cheyne, Portland, OR
Rosemary Cohen, Salem, OR
Cynthia Colbert, Lexington, SC
Sue Collard, Portland, OR
Paula Curran, Ames, IA
Steven C. Daiber, Williamsburg, MA
Anne Greenwood, Portland, OR
Jo Grishman, Portland, OR
Karen Hanmer, Glenview, IL**Purchase Prize!
Ezma Hanschka, Sun River, OR
Charlotte Hedlund, Wethersfield, CT
Marilyn Joyce, Portland, OR
Sun Young Kang, Pittsburg, PA
Jane Kearns, Portland, OR
Roberta Lavadour, Pendleton, OR
Beth Lee, Tallahassee, FL
Susan Lowdermilk, Eugene, OR
Pamela MacKellar, Corrales, NM
Julie Mader-Meersman, Cincinnati, OH
Emily Martin, Iowa City, IA
Sarah McCoy, Des Moines, IA
Bea Nettles, Urbana, IL
Linda Piacentini-Yaple, Astoria, OR
Amy Pirkle, Tuscaloosa, AL
Susan Patt, Riverside, CA
Linda Stinchfield, Los Gatos, CA
Peggy Tan, New York, NY
Elsi Vassdal Ellis, Bellingham, WA
Tom Virgin, Miami, FL
Shu-Ju Wang, Portland, OR
Laurie Weiss, Cornelius, OR
AJ Zelada, Portland, OR

This exhibition is accompanied
by a full-color print catalog.
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